Anything Box

Anything Box

T-4-2, Channel 69 (Reunion)

Sun, May 5, 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$16.00 - $41.00

This event is all ages

Anything Box
Anything Box
Anything Box is electronic music. Not synthpop,
synthwave, new wave or post punk. And yet it is all these
things intertwined onto itself, designed to take you away
from what you know, or how you classify these scenes.
Claude S. calls Abox his time machine of 'self-made
"The idea was to not question who the fans are, or to
classify them in any way. I just take sound in various forms,
and somehow make meaningful songs for people to
connect to from them. It's this connection to the sounds and
how they bind us together that moves me."
~ Claude S.
Anything Box, who churned out the anthem, 'Living In
Oblivion' epitomizes electronic music's transition at the
end of the 80's era into the lost 1990s, and continues to
push the boundaries of pop forward. Lyrically and
musically, Claude S. explores the inner and outer regions
of human beingness. Imagine Kraftwerk, Joy Division, and
Giorgio Moroder recording together at Abbey Road and
you'll get an slight idea of the Abox sound. Or just think
happy sad music you can sometimes dance to.
Live, the Anything Box experience is filled with sound,
dancing, and above all storytelling from Claude. In this
setting the sounds take on a new role, unifying audience
to performer in ways that were previously only thought to
come from singer-songwriter shows.
Thought Two:
Anything box is a time machine. While it is simple in
nature, it contains complex passages and labyrinthine
digital structures. Your idea of space-time will be
explored. Perhaps as if finding one's self lost in some
darkness following a light source. As a electronic music,
Anything Box and the latest album, Distances is both an
ode to bygone eras, as well as a minimal futurist look
towards the new. Call it Glitch-Pop, Synth-Glitch or
Synthwave. It does not matter. That compartmentalization
occurs in the normal world, but not in Abox land.
This time machine requires no code to enter to function.
All you need to do is open your consciousness, turn up
the volume, and do what comes naturally. Then let go.
The rest happens as an experience. Just because the
machine works for Anything Box does not guarantee it will
work for you. However, if it does.. it is priceless. Hold on
to it. It reveals itself to few, but was made for everyone.
Thought Three:
You are dreaming all of this. You have entered into a world
of complex passages and labyrinthine digital structures.
There is only one other life form on this world, and it is
alien, unknown. And yet within it is stored all of
humanity's last bits of longing. It holds the keys of what
was or what could be. That structure is Anything Box.
You may consider this a pop group for the Photoshopped world of smart phones and social media
disasters. You might even register its entry into the new
world of Glitch-pop. Or discover yourself wishing Abox
were banned. The music reveals things. There are portals
it can open. In this dream, it pulses through the darkness
like a candle sputtering on a breeze. It will not blow out. It
will distort reality in places. But is was designed as a
guide. It reveals itself to few, but was made for everyone.
This is Anything Box.
From the world:
Picture the Beatles getting together with Joy Division to play
a party to honour Kraftwerk, and you may get a hint of this
magic. Some people have even suggested time travel as the
secret to their chameleon ways. But that's impossible, or at
least cannot be proven. Claude S. describes himself as a
surrealist and noisician. This chemistry plays out like a
painting Dali or Ernst might have been proud of. Everything
blurs on stage. Those beats are loud.
-- Sputnik Music
While the past is the past, Anything Box is still out there. Any
long time fans or neophytes who visit their website and sign
up to be on their mailing list will receive a link to a free
download of an EP consisting of remixes of some of their
classic tunes as well as a few new songs. Interestingly, band
leader Claude S., who also creates the artwork for the album
covers, is also engaged in an ongoing experimental film
series called Fan Tapes and Time Travel, which consists of fan
footage edited together from throughout Anything Box’s
history. The band’s cryptic nature doesn’t end there, but in
order for music lovers to forge their own connection to the
band [known by fans as “Abox”] and its mystique, they should
go exploring on their own. In doing so, they may become, as
Vonnegut says in Slaughterhouse-Five, “unstuck in time.”
-- David Kelson, OC Weekly
It might be too pretentious of me to demand that synth-pop
comment on the way humans and machines interact, and the
way humans interact with each other via machines, but most
of my favorite examples do: Thomas Dolby tried to restore
romance to science and technology, Devo mocked machines
and people interchangeably, Gary Numan postulated that
machines had a unique psychology and tried to learn it,
Missing Persons and Berlin draped Dale Bozzio and Terri
Nunn over their gadgets like bikini models at a sleazy car
show, Kate Bush turned circuits into extensions of her nerves
and Jane Siberry found angels hiding in the wires. Even Yaz,
who didn't often let a lack of intellectual substance trouble
them, had "In My Room", which more or less amounted to a
machine for saying rosaries.
Anything Box's contribution to this dialog, to me, is that they
sound lonely. Instead of trying to overcome the constraints of
machines, or compensate for them, their songs accept and
regret them. Elektrodelica, which darts around, making morefrantic efforts to escape the box, is even more revealing when
it fails. This is a crucial study, I believe, itemizing the ways in
which mechanization presents obstacles, and then figuring
out how the obstacles we can't circumvent can be persuaded
to conduct human emotion, nonetheless.
-- Furia
Give Anything Box credit for keeping its spirits up and
following its own lights in the face of adversity. This is the
band that shot out of nowhere (actually New Jersey) in
almost no time after La Habra-based producer Jon St. James
heard its demo tape in 1989 and summoned it to Orange
County. There quickly ensued a deal with Epic Records and a
1990 album, "Peace." But a follow-up album was shelved by
the record company, leaving Anything Box to make its own
way on its own indie label, the newly launched Orangewerks.
Instead of venting spleen over that setback, band leader
Claude Strilio opts for expressions of hope. Those looking for
techno-rock in the howling, slamming style of Nine Inch Nails
won't care for what's in this box: a large helping of youthful
melancholy tempered by sweetness. As the album goes on,
the mood brightens and Anything Box pep-talks itself out of
wistfulness and into optimism.
-- Mike Bohem, Los Angeles Times
Anything Box is a gentle, lo-fi-esque bit of lovey-dovey,
heart-throbby, dance by yourself and cry music. For some
reason, I fucking love the fucking Fuck out of this album and
I'm proud to fucking revive interest in the group.
-- Joel Frieders, SYFFL
"...Some of the loveliest and most cunningly arranged pop
music around..."
-- The NYC Village Voice
Venue Information:
2709 Elm Street
Dallas, TX, 75226