Dec. 29, 2010 - Issue #793 : Selling Out
Thu, Dec 30, Shaw Conference Centre, and, Fri, Dec 31, Shaw Conference Centre
While Niagara Falls-born artist deadmau5's name reportedly comes from the fact that he once found a dead mouse in his computer, it's interesting to note that his moniker mashes together two of the most enduring tropes of modern band names together to create his own: animals and death. In the spirit of his mashup, here are some band names that might be perfect for anyone looking to follow in deadmau5's footsteps.
Wolf Parade + Cannibal Corpse
Wolf Corpse would create a sludgy, blues-inspired drone rock whose only singing would be howling and would give one the feeling that you were all alone on a snowy prairie, quietly rotting away under a vast expanse of sky. First single: "If a Wolf Rots in a Forest and No One is Around, Does it Make a Smell?"
The Byrds + The Burning Hell
The Burning Byrds
The Burning Byrds would make folk-inspired rock music that warms the heart, but a key feature of the band's albums would be that all of them would come with a DVD that played on a loop a video of bird corpses being used like firewood, not unlike a much creepier version of Shaw's fireplace channel. First single: "I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better (Once I Get this Fire A-Goin')"
Flock of Seagulls + Slaughter
Flock of Slaughter
A short-lived comedy band, Flock of Slaughter would no doubt have trouble convincing audiences that while the group's music might be funny, it's certainly not a joke. Unfortunately, the band is pretty much a joke and creative differences quickly escalate into a bloodbath as the band members turn on each other and fight to the death in a recording studio. Only the drummer survives as he was out getting pizza at the time. First single: "I Ran (So as Not to be Butchered)"
The Monkees + Death From Above
Death From Monkees
Monkeys are scary creatures—not only do they have incredible strength, but they can also swing around at high speeds confusing enemies. That's how Death From Monkees would sound: it would have the strength and heft combined with lightning fast speed. And the singing would be nothing but screeching. First single: "You're a Woman, I'm a Believer"
An Horse + Grateful Dead
Wait, what? There is a band called Dead Horse that was from Austin, Texas and played death metal while incorporating elements of country and western music? Are you trying to tell me that the group broke up in 1996? And the band has songs about animals and songs about death, such as the aptly named "Murder Song," from 1989's Horsecore or a cover of the B-52s' "Rock Lobster" from 1991's Peaceful Death and Pretty Flowers? Seems like a perfect opener for deadmau5, I guess.
Thu, Dec 30 (7 pm)
Shaw Conference Centre
$55.10 – $76.10 • Tickets at Clubzone here
Fri, Dec 31 (8 pm)
The Mau5querade Ball
Featuring deadmau5 Showtek, Skrillex
Shaw Conference Centre, $109.60 – $141.10
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