With dark thobbing baselines, jazzy key fills colored with unpredictable textures, and incomparable stick work Siamese sits ready to explode onto the relatively new scene of live electronic music. And they bring everything with them that you would hope a band like this would, creativity, unpredictableness, and a seemigly unstoppable energy. Or as their press release says "This band further exemplifies the humans' ability to reverse engineer their most favored dance musics and create a newform sound."

Residing in relative obscurity in the Seattle underground, performing several shows at the famed "Loft" has helped them to refine their sound, garner some attention and put out a highly ambitious EP. And now next week San Francisco will get a taste of the three headed beast known as Siamese.

Other bands such as Sound Tribe Sector 9, the New Deal, and to some extent The Disco Biscuits have helped to bring the sounds of electronica to new ears, and now Siamese sets out to push at the same border regions of Drum 'n' Bass, Jungle, breakbeat, garage, two step or whatever else you want to though a label on. Surely the drummer, Kevin Sawka, will be the first to be noticed in this trio. His seemingly computerized sense of rhythm is made all the more maddening by the fact that he makes it look easy to pound out an unflagging 180 bpm.

Performing late night after the Sector 9 show at the Fillmore on Thursday, Siamese will continue to blow doors until the small hours of dawn. It is hard to describe a show of theirs as they are continually progressing and with each new performance comes the next level of their expression. If you want to see a band on the brink of breaking out, do not miss this one, or one day you'll be cursing the fact that you could have seen them for just ten dollars. Included in this price will also be the Vibrational Alchemists Saxton and Kap'n Harris (the STS9 crew DJ's) making sure that the tempo and inspiration never stop. See you there.

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Wyatt Dexter
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[Published on: 5/15/02]

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