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Band of the Week: Man-009


Meet the Band: Relic (synthesizers, drum machines, loops, samples)

On Leaving Lestat: Formerly of the local Goth group Nation of Teflon Souls, Relic was a member of the '90s dark wave act Lestat until that band split up. When the group reconvened in 2010, he thought he'd give it another shot, but his tenure with the band didn't last. "Vampires were popular so we wanted to get back together," he says, alluding to the band's first album, 1990's Theatre of Vampires. "I did one album with them and I just needed to change. I can't tour like I want to. I have two little girls. I just decided to leave."  

Dare to Dream: The inspiration for Man-009 came one night when he was listening to a CD and fell asleep. "I woke up and had a crazy dream and came up with the name Man-009," he says. "I went to my synthesizers and started writing what I had dreamed." He's just released the resulting album, aptly titled A Horrible Deformity of Sound.

One Long Song: Originally, Relic intended to issue A Horrible Deformity of Sound as one 40-minute song. But he broke the disc into nine tracks so that DJs could cue up individual songs. Relic says he plans to remix the mostly instrumental album and then add some vocals. "I could have done vocals for this record but I'm not really a frontman," he says.

Why You Should Hear Him: A Horrible Deformity of Sound features synthesizer flourishes and rattling drum 'n' bass beats. Some moments — like the segment in which a woman repeats "this activity is truly unproductive" over and over — are truly hypnotic. "It's minimal industrial," says Relic. "It's dark beats, strings and samples. It sounds like there's a lot to it. It's just a matter of making things sound full. I like the darker keyboard sounds. I show anatomy and x-ray films when I play live. I wrote the music so it would go to film. My dream would be to do music for sci-fi and horror films. I just have to stay true to what I do."

Where You Can Hear Them:

Where You Can See Them: Man-009 performs with Zora, Shadow Saints, Mike Texbeak and Kachina at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Phantasy Nite Club.


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