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The Birthday Massacre/William Control/Aesthetic Perfection 

When: Wed., Oct. 31, 6:30 p.m. 2012
Price: $15 ADV, $17 DOS
If a Goth girl and a guy who just can’t let go of the ’80s were a couple, one of the only bands they could both agree on listening to is the Birthday Massacre. The Canadian synth-rock band’s style is a fusion of trippy synth openings and melodies with heavy guitar chords, creating a balance of dark and twinkly-sounding songs. Though they haven’t gotten much airplay in either America or their Canadian home (they’ve dubbed themselves “the black sheep of the Canadian music scene”), they’ve released five studio albums and built a dedicated fan base within the last decade. Their latest album Hide and Seek, which came out earlier this month, is a great display of their work. Songs like “Leaving Tonight,” “Alibis,” and “One Promise” contain heavy metal-sounding guitars, but the complementing synth lines give the metal sound a new depth. “Need” and “Calling” are more upbeat and sound more poppy compared to the heavier songs in the album. “Down” would be considered the heaviest song. Even the songs that are primarily driven by the synths — tracks like “Play with Fire,” “Cover My Eyes,” and “The Long Way Home” — don’t neglect the guitars, which add some strength to the slow, depressingly serene songs. (Sam Mendez)


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