Contractions and negatives in song titles — “Don’t Know,” “Can’t Give,” “What I’m Trying” — convey the anguish
Andrew Hamlin 1 p.m., July 29
RIYL: DaftPunk, Optigonally Yours, Beatrix*JAR, God Lives Underwater
Influences: Mix Master Mike, Numark (Jurassic 5), Aphex Twin, Squarepusher, Amon Tobin, Daft Punk, EOTO, Gorillaz, Martin Dosh
Since their days with the Glorfindel Trio, twins Josh and Zach Wheeler have gone on to make music with afro-funk outfit Society!, Scarlet Symphony, and Joe Guevarra (Lady Dottie and the Diamonds/Jejune).
The Sasquatchian pair prone to completing each other’s sentences began their own two-piece dance-music project, Pal&Drome, in 2011. The Wheelers make use of samplers, an electronic drum set, guitar, bass, synths, effects, and software to construct electronic dance music.
“The possibilities are endless,” says Josh. “We’re using the software as an instrument just as much as the keyboards or drums or bass guitar.”
“Learning the technology and mastering the technology, it’s taken over a year,” says Zach.
“It’s definitely a lot more than just playing bass or drums,” Josh adds. “There’s something about watching someone create electronic music...it’s almost more exciting than watching someone play in a rock band.”
Zach describes the project as “Positive funk groove. It’s all about the groove. Just a dance party. We want to see people feeling good, not worrying about shit.”
“In the future, we want to incorporate guests,” says Josh. “Singers. Whatever. Like Gorillaz.”
Says Zach, “I wanna do, like, a five-hour set at Burning Man, nonstop.”
In late 2012, the band posted their debut video, for the song “All This Time,” shot by a Toronto filmmaker over the course of two days at Valley of the Moon (Jacumba) and a rooftop party downtown.
According to Josh, “Really we thought the video could be the first of all our videos, as we want to have an awesome video for every song we put out, all shared by a common thread, like a recurring character: the faceless man, among other things.”
“We thought that the theme of the song - duality, mirror opposites, 'all this time, we were both sides, from inside, worlds collide, all this time' - could be represented by the opposites of the venues we were in, a barren wilderness playing to nobody and a rooftop show, strung together by a supernatural teleportation via the faceless man, who may or may not represent yourself or who you wish to be. It's like we are at both the desert and roof simultaneously in alternate universes. Some Lynch-ian shit, which may or may not have been translated well, but who cares, it was fun as hell to make and we feel it's a super cool first video.”