The electro duo known as Fischerspooner (Warren Fischer plus Casey Spooner) are finally coming back to Minneapolis after a long hiatus not only from this fair city but from music itself. The two were last in the Cities in 2004 at the Quest (now Epic) for their '#1' tour that spotlighted their amassing reputation for being aggressively artful -- especially on stage.
A gay sex symbol of sorts, the androgynous Spooner is always a fascinating one to watch, appearing through a storm of glitter and feathers and pancake makeup to deliver a performance that is equally about music as it is about the visual medium -- to the point it becomes electro-pop theater. Spooner says it's simply entertainment, which is incidentally the name of the duo's new album. See the Kubrick-esque cover below:
The electrifying Casey Spooner
"This hat is based on a Kabuki dance called Wisteria Maiden..." Spooner explains. "In the traditional dance, they use a hat that becomes lots of things. It is a prop that transforms into an umbrella, a shield and a palette.... I do a dance at the beginning of the show about outer space. Now the hat signifies even more things: the moon, isolation, ambition, show biz and space travel. I like that it combines several strange and conflicting references that all add up. It is real neon that Lite Brite Neon installed with a battery pack so I can wear it on stage."
Dances about outerspace, battery packs, Lite Brite and Kabuki? Count us in -- because when it comes down to it, Fischerspooner are a musical entity you've just got to see to believe.
Entertainment is in stores May 5th 2009, and Fischerspooner comes to Minneapolis on May 29, 2009 at First Avenue.