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Defining electro-rock

BY BENJAMIN EVANS | JANUARY 21, 2010 7:30 AM

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A shared passion for electronic drum machines and programmed audio-devices brought Tanner Illingworth, Craig Eley, and Andre Perry together.

The trio, which formed last year under the moniker Datagun, will hold a release party for its first album, Where The Wild Things Aren’t, at 9 p.m. Friday at the Picador, 330 E. Washington St.

“Playing live is definitely the high point,” Illingworth said. “The three of us have known each other for a really long time, so during live shows, we are able to really bounce a lot of stuff off each other and do some things on the fly, and it becomes a great experience.”

Illingworth, who plays guitar, keyboards, and sings vocals for the band, described the group’s conception as a sort of musical rebirth.

“We started to play around with a little bit of an electronic sound — drum machines, programmed sounds,” the 25-year-old said. “This band was kind of a blank slate, so we could mess around a little more and explore the sounds that we didn’t get a chance to as much before [in previous bands].”

Datagun’s mix of sounds formed into what Eley described as “electronic rock,” though each member grabs influences from many different genres.

“We all have to tendency to enjoy pop melodies, but we also enjoy a lot of dark electronics and textures,” Eley said. “The three of us come from different places when it comes to influences, but we all like the pop-electronic stuff.”

For Eley, the high point of being in Datagun is the creativity that comes with making new sounds on the computer.

“I have enjoyed being a part of the creative process, which is different from anything I do, or the work that I do,” the UI graduate student said. “We are all doing it as a kind of expression, and we are all doing it as our own personal expression.”


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