Sept. 9, 2004

M83 to Bring Its Electronic Ambiance to Chicago for First Time

By Randy J. Klodz

There’s a new buzz coming from France, and this time it has nothing to do with altering the spelling of French toast to Freedom toast or any of that nonsense. The brewing buzz involves French artist Anthony Gonzalez and his mostly instrumental, electronic-driven music, a project dubbed M83. M83 will be making its debut Chicago appearance on Sept. 16 at The Empty Bottle.

M83, which includes Anthony Gonzalez--and his assistant friend Nicolas Fromageau--will be performing in the United States for the first time. M83 will also be performing as a quartet for the first time, something Gonzalez is excited about, as the quartet format worked well when electronica mogul Paul Oakenfold debuted this way in 2002. “This will be more like a rock ‘n roll band,” Gonzalez said. “Just two guys with computers on stage is boring for the fans.”

Aside from a growing United States fan base, M83 will be greeted by what Gonzalez called “a lot of good friends,” as well as plenty of press, which has said positive things about “Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts,” M83’s second full-length release, which hit North American shores July 27.

“Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts” songs such as “Noise,” “Run into Flowers,” “America” and “Cyborg,” as well as many others, sound more like motion picture soundscapes than they do, say, run-of-the-mill drum and bass tracks that are frequently played at dance clubs or raves. This unique style of music is sure to be a gladly accepted change of pace that any rock or dance crowd should enjoy.

Fans can expect M83 to perform for about an hour, as Gonzalez prefers quality to quantity when it comes to his team’s performances. “I don’t like to put on really long shows, I prefer a shorter, stronger show,” he said.

The Empty Bottle is at 1035 N. Western Ave. Tickets for this 21+ show are listed for $12 in advance and $14 at the door, with show time slated for 7:30 p.m. For more information on M83 log on to
M83 Photo: JP Talaga