We like to think that every 8static is special in its own way, but June’s lineup is a truly extraordinary treat. We were fortunate enough to align things in such a way that we could welcome a nationally touring powerhouse of pure chiptune energy, along with a local rising star, to our stage this month. I say this a lot, but you really do not want to miss this one.
First up, brace yourselves for the return of Defiant Systems, our hometown hero. You might remember seeing his Game Boy/Genesis jams at previous 8statics, including a fantastic full set just a few months ago. His dark but groovable songs are the perfect match for the rest of this night’s bill…
So, let’s talk about the rest of this night’s bill, yes? The SHADOWTRAVEL tour has been making its way across the country over the past few days, leaving nothing but blown-out subs and blown-out minds in its wake. All three of the touring performers — Nullsleep, Starpause and Stagediver — are living legends of the chip world in their own rights. Stagediver’s heavy and intense “amigacore” is quite a sight to behold; who could forget his Blip 2011 set, in which he literally destroyed his computer onstage and handed out pieces to the crowd? Starpause is an 8static vet, an energetic live performer and another seriously intense musician; I think we can all assume he (and perhaps several audience members?) will be shirtless by the end of his set. And what is there to say about Nullsleep when it’s all been said before? Moody, heavy, dark, danceable, noisy, beautiful. I don’t think I’d be exaggerating if I were to say this might be the most intense 8static lineup we’ve ever had.
If you’ve read this, consider yourself warned.
(Also, Starpause will be providing visual treats throughout the night as well!)
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