Stop Die Resuscitate bring electro back to life

LOLA performers mix and match genres

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Stop Die Recuscitate

During a pointless feud with the artist Moby, Eminem once said the now infamous line, “Nobody listens to techno.” However, the success of electronic acts like MSTRKRFT and Justice in recent months contradicts that statement.

Toronto-based band Stop Die Resuscitate is another indie-influenced electronic band with a hip-hop flavour to their music.

The trio consists of lead singer Luke Costello, “computer/sound manipulator” Lyle Crilly, and drummer/percussionist Joshua Van Tassel.

A lot of their work involves collaborations with various artists, including Nirmala Basnayake, former lead singer of controller.controller, and TTC.

Costello also has an impossible fantasy collaboration in mind.

“If we’re talking dream collaborations that would probably never happen,” Costello says, “It would be great to do a track with Lil’ Wayne.”

He defines his band’s music as “A combination of dance and hip-hop mindstates, but without the ‘you gotta spit 16 bars’ vibe.”

Costello thinks the band’s genre-bending mix fits well with listeners’ tastes.

“Everybody is listening to so many different types of music right now,” Costello says, “And I think that more and more people are going to be OK with the idea of people doing all sorts of different genres on one record. Everybody’s doing that iPod shuffle.“

SDR’s unique brand of indie-electro dance hop has been making people get down in the Toronto-indie scene and surrounding areas for the past four years.

SDR don’t believe in confining themselves to one demographic.

“It’s not like we’re thinking, ‘Oh, what’s the target market we’re going for? We want to get just teens, etc.,’” Costello says. “I like it better when there are different variations of audience members.”

When SDR members perform in London, “[Fans] always have a good time, people dance and it’s always fun.”

Indie bands like SDR often use websites like Myspace to reach a larger audience, however, Costello remains skeptical.

“I think people just overload it with information right now. I think now it’s a nice reference point but I don’t think it will help us sell a million records or anything,” Costello says. “It’s great for spreading the word-of-mouth, but now more than ever, it boils down to the live performance aspect of things.”

For Costello, live performances are most exciting.

“It’s just the energy in the room. I kind of like the mistakes too that happen,” Costello says. “If I’m really familiar with an artist, I kind of like to see how an artist plays through their mistakes, the spontaneity.”

With lyrics like “All the people wanna hear is songs about nothing/They’re too drunk/They’re too high/They can’t think/They can’t f***/All the people wanna hear is songs about nothing, bounce, bounce, bounce with me, bounce,” SDR is not trying to change the world, they just want you to get out of your seat.

“[Genres of music are] all kind of mashing together,” Costello says, “And I think what we’re doing is the logical end of that.”

Electronic music mixed with hip-hop? Eminem would definitely be proud.

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