[Zombies] River Front Times :: MBM article...

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Meat Beat Manifesto 
Sunday, June 19;
Pop's (1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget, Illinois)
By Tamara Palmer
http://music.riverfronttimes.com/Issues/2005-06-15/music/critics3.html

Published: Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Jack Dangers is a musical godfather to a lot of electronic-based artists who
thrived in the '90s, from Nine Inch Nails and Trent Reznor (who used to open
for Meat Beat Manifesto -- a project Dangers designed to allow him to
collaborate with a loose list of others), with their razor-edged industrial
sounds, to rave-era U.K. giants such as the Prodigy and the Chemical
Brothers. MBM's eighteen-year career includes several acclaimed albums that
stretch from the menacing (1990's 99%) to the hip-hop funky (2002's RUOK?). 

Now Meat Beat Manifesto has embarked on its first tour in seven years. The
act will present songs from the entire catalog in what may seem like a
startling new context but is in fact true to the way many of the old songs
were constructed: using clips from films. Dangers and fellow electronica wiz
Ben Stokes will edit video of these clips live, in time to the music (which
is also performed totally live, unlike many computer-based performances);
the musicians will stand on the side of the stage so as not to detract from
the main visual attraction. 

This is not to say that MBM puts its sound second to its cinema. The group
has always been about combining the best (and, sometimes, the rudest)
elements of styles such as dub, funk, hip-hop, industrial, techno and jazz,
and Dangers' role has long been one of conductor. MBM's latest LP, At the
Center, is closer to the jazz of John Coltrane or even Sun Ra than the more
brash and confrontational direction that was a part of the band's past.
Suffice it to say that Nine Inch Nails would no longer be an appropriate
tourmate. 

Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15; call 618-274-6720 for more
information. 
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