Bart Mendoza 9 p.m., Dec. 17
Man the Submersible
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Inception: San Diego, 2009
Man the Submersible is a three-piece avant-electro group that employs multi-layered rhythms and melodies fused with high energy music, which is eminently danceable. Elements of dub-step, drum and bass, and progressive rock are in the mix, with nods to jazz and cinematic soundscapes.
It’s rare to see a heavy dub-step act perform with live musicians. Man the Submersible shows feature a drummer using a sci-fi looking electronic set, a bass guitar player bastardizing traditional sounds with multiple effects, and the intensity of a lap steel guitar laying linework all over the mean beats.
As for their name, “It’s about bass and gut hitting rhythms,” according to the band. “How to get our minds into that space and describing it without being mundane was a challenge. Through watching the film Das Boot, the initial ideas of developing a name with further meanings came about. The concept of the submersible we saw was not only a nod to low bass tones, but also as thoughts inside of a person or journeys that we all take, on whatever level of perception or consciousness.”