The 4th of July is rife with festive traditions – fireworks, BBQ, sparklers, triumphant orchestral versions of the national anthem and rousing renditions of the 1812 Overture – and all the while Old Glory stands triumphant.
This year the folks at the Swan Dive and The Loyalty Firm have something new in mind for Independence Day. Never mind the Boston Pops – get ready for some bouncy electro-pop. Forget sparklers and hot dogs – you’ll be holding a champagne flute and a donut. That’s right. A donut.
Austin-by-way-of-Houston duo Night Drive headline the indoor stage at midnight. Their sexy brand of synth-pop, akin to New Order, The Faint and The Presets, are a surefire dance-floor delight. Catch ‘em at a small venue while you can – with their tunes being featured in films and an upcoming slot at the ACL Music Festival, something tells me they won’t be confined to clubs for very much longer.
While Night Drive’s electro-pulse tends to lulls you into it’s synthetic sweetness, local freakazoids Total Unicorn will jerk you awake with their ping-ponging beats, dirty bass and ruptured synth riffs. Imagine the music playing in your head while you frantically man the Tron arcade game spazzed out of your mind on Jolt Cola.
Swan Dive is located at 615 Red River St. Doors open at 9 p.m. Admission is $5. For more information, visit the Facebook event page here.