Oh, and samples taken from David Lynch films and other equally terrifying sources. The mild-mannered Schuyler Stone operates out of Allston, but often returns to his native Connecticut for shows at, in true DIY hardcore tradition, VFW halls and German Clubs. Schuyler’s set-up is centered around a sequencer that allows him to trigger the layered loops that make up his songs live in real time, making his shows feel more like a true performance than many of the navel gazers in the electronic scene that seem to be hiding behind their PowerBooks through their whole set. Not to mention the hand-soldered and modified children’s toys he builds himself to add a unique sonic, as well as visual, dimension to his performances. But Schuyler is phasing out this because “it can get a bit gimmicky.” Fair enough, but it can throw a dancer/reveler for a loop (in a good way) when she realizes she’s dancing to a modified toy raygun than sounds like a distorted snare run. Benefit Friends is a music that is best appreciated in the live setting.
All though Benefit Friends is not an old-fashioned band, Schuyler has developed his growing fan based the old-fashioned way: playing shows and selling hand-made merch to newly converted fans. His artistic progression has thus far gone from aggressive music that borrows more from hardcore to pieces in more traditional “song” structure, centered around his often creatively processed vocals. But there’ll still be a breakdown or two for those of you in the pit rather than on the dance floor. Read more on Last.fm.
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