German electro-industrial duo Haujobb (“skinjob” – a little nod and a wink to Bladerunner) have been pushing the boundaries of electronic music for over 20 years now. Their discography is seemingly endless, and they’ve recorded under several different aliases (Destroid, Architect, Dots+Dashes). The common thread between the main and side projects is this – a unique approach to the industrial genre. Whether it’s bouncy synth-pop or metal-clanging industrial-techno, Haujobb is consistently fresh.
Tucson, Arizona trio Alter Der Ruine has been through several different line-ups and genres since they formed in 2005. Originally a noisy industrial act, they’ve toned down the terror and transformed into an almost blissful synth-pop band. The term “Electroclash” may be dated and meaningless now, but it works when applied to ADR’s latest incarnation. Like that genre’s high-water marks Ladytron, Tiga and Mt. Sims, ADR combine both lush atmospherics with driving beats and catchy hooks.
The self-described “self destructive synth-pop” of Mr. Kitty is also big on the lush atmospheres and catchiness – he impresses with both dance-floor burners and droll, lonesome wallows. With several releases under his belt, Mr. Kitty is like Austin’s own one-man Depeche Mode.
Elysium is located at 705 Red River Street. Doors open at 9 p.m. The show is 18 and over, and tickets are $15 in advance and $20 day of. For more information visit Elysium’s website here.
Alter Der Ruine