A BAND A DAY WITH NXNE: ART VS. SCIENCE
• High school friends that came together after Dan McNamee had a gig and no songs.
• Another band’s garbage: Art vs. Science was discarded by friends who were also starting up a band (sorry, no takebacks.)
• Conquered Australia with a sold-out tour. Take that, kangaroos.
• Appeared with Yo Gabba Gabba! live in New York. Kids these days don’t know how good they have it.
• “That’s why we try to keep it really simple, because the simpler it is, the louder it can be.” We can totally get behind Dan Mac in this Vogue piece.
• Their live show is well loved. If only they were playing Toron… Hey! Nice.
• Every show is different, sez the band.
• Gotta love a literary type. “Higher” contains the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory inspired lyrics, ‘Get a little greedy like Augustus Gloop.’
• Their official website features a section of ‘experiments,’ allowing fans to hear bits and pieces of songs as they are developed.
• The boys were rockers until a Daft Punk show converted them. They were amazed when they saw “how dance music can really affect people, people just move so well and get really excited about it.” The guys, who played rock tunes to empty bars for years, learned that the best way to get asses in venues is by giving them something to shake to.
• Like to stare at your feet and avoid eye contact? Maybe this isn’t the set for you. These boys love the crowd experience of dancing and enjoying the show.
• Jim Finn: “Every song we write, we like to see the response it gets. If we think there’s a part in the song where everyone is gonna go nuts, lose their shit and start dancing, and they don’t go quite as nuts as we thought, then maybe we change it a bit. We really take in what the crowd does and go with that.” If more democracies used dancing as a form of voting, the turnout rate would be sky-high.
Art vs. Science plays NXNE 2012. Visit nxne.com/2012/art-vs-science for more more more.