As their acclaimed Animale Mechanique tour approaches its end, Beats Antique comes to Denver on Saturday for a night of wonder.
Hailing from the frenzied San Francisco Bay Area electronic scene, the trio has become one of the most engaging bands on the music circuit. Continuously mystifying audiences since their formation in 2007, Beats Antique has built a reputation for selling out venues and playing revered festivals like Symbiosis and Bonnaroo.
Comprised of classically-trained world musicians Tommy “Sidecar” Cappel, David Satori and the seductive talents of producer and renowned belly-dancer Zoe Jakes, the trio combines hypnotizing electronica with a melding of cultured instrumentals.
The group’s true genius is displayed in their live performances that capture the essence of timeless bohemian themes and draw from a range of global customs.
“This is something we have been evolving with time,” Jakes said. “Things have happened so fast for us that we have strived to have a strong connection between visual themes and music … we eventually want to really focus on a grand connecting theme. Right now it’s a chicken before the egg kind of thing. A dance inspires a song or a song inspires a dance… ”
Beats Antique layers their performance with a kaleidoscope of dance and costumes that transports the audience into a theatrical fantasy. Their sound continues to evolve, showcasing their work ethic and creativity.
“We have made over 80 songs and plenty of costumes and dance choreographies to go along with that,” Jakes said. “As the bands creative relationship matures, so too does our sound.”
Their newest album “Contraption Vol.2”, features Lynx and Brass Menezeri. “The Allure,” sure to be their next big hit, contains pulsating melodies surrounded by haunting moans, and is punctuated by sporadic gypsy violin lines.
“Skeleton Key” and “Crush” provides an enticing window into Beats Antique’s primal vision. They consistently manipulate howling sounds that make it almost infectious to listen to. Expect a similar feel to their previous albums in “Contraption Vol. 2,” showcasing their expertise of exploring different musical styles.
With Halloween looming in the near future, Beats Antique prepares to give Denver concert goers an outrageous experience, unique from the rest of their tour. I asked Jakes if there was anything different in store for the Fillmore.
“The weirdest craziest dream you ever had…times infinity,” Jakes said.
This Saturday, Sensory overload is guaranteed and will most likely leave you marveling. Remember, it’s not only Halloween, it’s Beats Antique, so wear something you wouldn’t be caught dead in. Doors at the Fillmore Auditorium open at 7 p.m. and feature artists include Zion I, Minnesota and Lynx. Tickets are $40.
Contact CU Independent Staff Writer Kyle Ward at Kyle.email@example.com.