Null Device, The Dark Clan, Midas Bison
701A E. Washington Ave
Madison, WI, 53703
This event is 18 and over
In the mid-90′s, a trio of college housemates were each endeavoring to do something creative. One was poking madly at synthesizers and computers, another was writing poetry, and the third was playing keyboards and singing. Finally, after spending many nights out together at dance clubs, trading numerous mixtapes of obscure European dance acts, and a debating endlessly about pop music and star trek, they decided to work together as a band. Finally. It seemed so obvious.
They then each moved to far-flung corners of the country.
This was the era of the .com boom, so it wasn’t long before they were trading lyrics, ideas, and song sketches via that newfangled internet. Null Device continues this day to collaborate transcontinentally and occasionally trans-globally.
Since then, they’ve released 5 full-length albums, handfuls of EPs, singles, remixes and collaborations, and performed across the US.
Null Device is: Eric Oehler (vocals, synths, violin), Jill Sheridan (vocals, keyboards), Eric Goedken (lyrics, production)
The Dark Clan
Like Ashman and Schwartz trying to stop the Dragonforce guys from stealing The Postal Service's lunch money, the Dark Clan is a heartbreakingly sincere, over-the-top, genre-bending good time.
Consisting of equal parts metal, showtunes, dance, electro, goth, and synth, the Dark Clan slowly took form as a solo side project from 1998-2003 while its sole member, Dan Clark, was busy with other bands that all no longer exist. How ironic. The project gained more focus after some tracks began receiving local club play, and really solidified after the first album "Oh, but the stars still shine..." was completed in 2004 and featured on a local radio show.
Because The Dark Clan is intended to be a place where Dan can write and record whatever he damn well pleases, one can expect to hear lots of species counterpoint, big pop hooks, big fat beats, big ridiculous harmonies, and big ol' guitar solos at some point or other in most everything the Dark Clan does. The Dark Clan likes to Go Big, y'see. Also, Dan wants you to know he's totally not compensating for any anatomical deficiencies with all this "big" stuff. Really.
In addition to his work in The Dark Clan, Dan is also the guitarist in Stromkern and Siv (of which he is also a co-founder), sometimes contributes recording facilities, arrangements, and other miscellany to the Gothsicles, and until summer '07 was also the guitarist in Null Device.
"Young Madison producer/singer Sidney Johnson, aka Midas Bison, creates congenial electronic pop topped with sometimes melodic and sometimes just frantic vocal outpourings (there’s a bit of a Why?/Doseone debt in the latter). His 2013 EP ‘Wavey Daze’ uses aquatic tropes like oceans, tide pools, and lighthouses to lay out a charmingly neurotic persona that for all its incorrigible weirdness feels vulnerable and sincere.” - Arts Extract
Sidney Johnson, aka Midas Bison is a pop experimentalist from Madison, WI. Coming from a musical background as well as a life of theater and arts, Midas began composing electronic music in his parents house in Spring 2012. The process began and continues on the internet. Midas released EPs “Flora,” “Wizard” and “XL” in rapid succession via Soundcloud and Bandcamp - all sounds were made using Propellerhead audio production platform Reason 6 and a stage vocal mic. These were followed up by “Flamingos EP” and “Wavey Daze” in 2013, along with a slew of other singles and DJ mixes.
“Wavey Daze” garnered the award for “Best Electronic Album” at the 2014 Madison Area Music Awards, an ongoing local awards show that raises charity funds for music in schools.
Midas Bison began performing live in 2012 and has played out in Madison at an increasing rate. He has opened for nationally touring acts such as Maps & Atlases, Chad Valley, Ghost Beach and Mutts, as well as alongside local talents Annabel Lee, Chants, Modern Mod, Joey Broyles, Null Device, Gabe Burdulis, Sepluv, The Dark Clan, Leet Moteef and Mitch Gundrum. Midas has also played in Portland, OR as part of PSU's "Live at Lunch" music series.
The music itself embraces and defies genre. By combining familiar elements of pop music with experimental sounds and abstract lyrics, Midas creates a style that is pleasantly irregular.