Lasers in the Sky
Laser Sex explores the world of livetronica with Supremium
Laser Sex wants you to have their experimental livetronica music any way possible, ultimately hoping you will not only pop on the music, plug in your headphones and take the musical journey, but also burn a copy and pass it along. The Scranton-based duo comprised of Mike Nasser and Jeff Felkowski are celebrating the release of their third studio EP, Supremium, Saturday, Jan. 26, with a release show at The Backyard Ale House, 523 Linden St., Scranton with special guest performances by Roo and Speakerbot. Music starts at 9 p.m. and tickets are $10. This show is 21 and over.
The songs on Supremium show significant signs of musical growth and production right from the start. Opening track “Tommy Tortellini” is a bass slapping and keys assault riddled with a haunting vocal rant that sets the stage for the remainder of the EP. Other tracks include “See You Tunesday”, “Zebra Fairy”, “Chocolate Space Kittens”, “Gabu!”, “Lord Dinosaur” and a remix of Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall” serves as an added bonus cut.
Nasser (guitar, bass, samples, synth) and Felkowski (guitar, samples, synth) play all instruments equally in the studio and on stage. They self-produce every Laser Sex release as well. The act combines multiple live instrumentation with soaring sample elements from the likes of James Brown, Rage Against the Machine and their favorite Mel Brook’s quotes from classic comedies.
“It’s experimental all the way through,” Nasser said. “We inject humor. Some of it is weird and unsettling with ghostly vocals. It makes the listener a little bit unsettled, and then we try to bring them back down to earth with the music. It’s a different experience every time.”
The experimental ways of Laser Sex have not only taken their music into further sonic spaces, but the chemistry of the duo and how they approach the project has also transformed through the years.
“When Jeff and I first started working together, I was always trying to push songs in a certain direction because I had comfort in knowing what I wanted to get out of the songs,” Nasser said. “And I would say things like, ‘We need to make it sound more like this music or that artist’ and Jeff would always respond, frustrated, saying ‘It doesn’t have to be anything’. I never really understood what he meant until about one year after working with him. It was a cryptic message that he had brought to the table. But after a while it finally jived. When it doesn’t have to be anything, then it can become everything.”
It is within the idea of embracing all genres of music that Supremium finds its legs. Laser Sex is not trying to deliver a certain kind of music; they’re just being Laser Sex.
“We end up just saying yes to everything; every genre and every style. Because we say yes to everything, the music in turn can become anything. This is apparent in the way that each song is different from the next.”
— tom graham
The Laser Sex Supremium release party with special guests Roo and Speakerbot takes place Saturday, Jan. 26, at The Backyard Ale House, 523 Linden St., Scranton. Music starts at 9 p.m. and tickets are $10. This show is 21 and over. For more information and to stream and download music, visit www.lasersex.bandcamp.com.