Miss Liz Wendelbo and Sean McBride, aka Xeno and Oaklander, began performing at bars, clubs and private parties in 2004, functioning single-handedly along with Sean’s solo project Martial Canterel as the instigators of what has now become a new, rapidly growing movement of minimal electronic bands in the United States.
Inspired by the likes of the largely unknown first wave of continental European minimal electronic bands of the early 80’s (Absolute Body Control, Twilight Ritual, Martin Dupont, Snowy Red), the seminal early industrial bands, as well as the emphemeral, psychedelic atmospheres of the British shoegaze bands of the 1990s, Xeno and Oaklander perform using entirely analogue synthesizers, sequencers, and drum machines to produce a highly-crafted, complex of form of moody, electronic pop music that is simultaneously romantically melancholic and affirmatively aggresive. Uptempo, cold, distant, echo-laden electronic landscapes provide a spacious, melancholic backdrop for Miss Liz’s complex ephemeral lyrical presence.
Their entirely live approach to both performance and recording, unmediated by the computer or any prerecorded playback interference, presents a new optimistic radical paradigm shift for electronic music in which the analogue synthesizer functions entirely anew as a folk instrument of humanist resistance to a ‘soft synth’ world being ‘clicked and dragged’ into oblivion.
Skinny Wolves Presents: XENO & OAKLANDER (NYC) MAGIC POCKETS + VERY SPECIAL GUESTS TBA 7:30pm, Saturday 1st June The Joinery, Stoneybatter, Dublin 7