EBM / DARK ELECTRO / INDUSTRIAL / DARKSYNTH
The witching hour is almost upon us! Come worship with your fellow cultists as we explore our deepest desires of dark synthesizer music. Doubling up our live performances again in October, witness the might of local EBM wunderkind Caustic Grip and the pure industrial and IDM of Brisvegan Monsters Around Us! Rounding out the lineup from 3 DJs playing all manner of synthpop, darksynth and electro, we guarantee you will be praising the eldritch forces from beyond the veil!
Laser Highway is Australia’s premier night located in Melbourne dedicated to the very best synthwave, italo-disco, outrun, retro electro, 80’s jams, games, and anything else firmly with its roots in synthesizer-based music to keep you grooving into the night! We’ve cultivated a culture that takes inspiration from the 80’s and 90’s, cyberpunk, vaporwave, deep reds/purples/blues and a bunch of sci-fi/action movie tropes into a clash of exploding sound and colour.
We run monthly events featuring an incredible sound system, laser light shows, projection art, cocktail list, a big screen multiplayer game space and a pounding dancefloor to transport you to your retro home away from home. We’ve prided ourselves on creating a radically inclusive alternative club night to give you an experience that’s all about those thumping beats, synthesized basslines, good times and a touch of nostalgia and camaraderie from your past, present and future friends that you haven’t yet met.
Birthed from a love of 80s Synth/Industrial music in early 2018, Caustic Grip is the DARK EBM/ELECTRO-INDUSTRIAL solo project of Naarm (Melbourne, Australia) based, non-binary musician Scud Viney [Deader]. Heavily infuenced by the dark and dirty side of 80s electronic music, their sound is an amalgamation of danceable, yet atmospheric club grooves (inspired by bands such as Front 242, Tribantura, Nitzer Ebb), hard industrial rhythms and textures (in vein of Skinny Puppy, Portion Control, Front Line Assembly) and vocals ranging from echoed shouts and rasps to deep, melodic and melancholic baritones, often with dense layers of choral harmony (Ala Covenant, Joy Division, John Maus).
Since inception Caustic Grip has released 2 EPs, two covers (Covenant’s Replicant and Nitzer Ebb’s Getting Closer) as well as a compiled collection of featuring both EPs plus rare and unreleased tracks.
MONSTERS AROUND US
Monsters Around Us, an Industrial IDM/EBM project buried in the River City.
“Taking inspiration from heavy hitters such as Aphex Twin and Junkie XL as well as heavier legends such as Mick Gordon and Author and Punisher, the project carved their own little niche blending elements of industrial, ambient, drum’n’bass, and the aforementioned glitch and noise genres all into one.” – BrutalResonance.com
Encrypter is a hardware-focused composer and producer of electronic music. He has been obsessed with texture and processing recorded sound since he was a teenager, capturing field recordings on his Walkman as fodder for creating garbled noisescapes through cheap guitar effects. Since these early days, he has released ambient, downtempo, industrial hardcore, glitched-up jungle, splittercore and a variety of unique takes on techno through his original works and remixes for the likes of Myler, Diarmaid O Meara and Weever.
As a result of two burglaries and a stubborn refusal to back up his work, he has essentially restarted his entire creative practice twice in a decade which has led to his current focus on recording his tracks entirely live with hardware or by using unusual techniques like balanced feedback environments and pseudo-generative approaches to capture a feeling of immediacy and energy. This style became the basis for the SEQARP label he founded with fellow Irish oscillator junkie, Ikeaboy. For his debut Laser Highway performance, he will be dredging his library for a mixture of slower EBM and electro cuts and bass-line techno.
Born from the fires of a thousand suicide Tuesdays – DJ duo Chunez descend upon Laser Highway on an EBM & industrial warpath! Bringing a special set to Loop Project & Space Bar, nobody is safe from the Wheel of Misforchune.
Zerotonine is the host, resident DJ and runs Australia’s first and only monthly club night dedicated to synthwave, outrun and retro electro: Laser Highway in Melbourne. As a labour of love, he is dedicated to providing a unique experience for music makers and fans alike. He is also the co-host of www.kissfm.com.au‘s (87.6 in Melbourne) Retro Electro Show from 3pm Wednesdays AEST.
A veteran DJ and creator for over a decade playing too many genres internationally and at home in Australia, he is in love with arpeggio basslines, warm synths, and driving drums; his style is inspired by 80’s movies, the Lamborghini Countach, boss fights, neon vectors, keytars, androids, reverb guitars, gated drums, cosmic phenomena, bleeps and bloops. Expect a range of sonic styles to get your feet stomping and head rocking from all corners of the retro-verse.
Hailing from an abandoned video store from parts unknown, bl00dsp0rts is ready to assault your retinas at this edition of LASER HIGHWAY.
The Head tastemaker of REJECT CINEMA (Coming back 2019 check out https://www.facebook.com/rejectcinema for more info) is known for projecting VHS visuals for Melbourne DJ crew POSITIVELY POSITIVE & previous LASER HIGHWAYs. Heavily inspired by all things cult expect to see visuals ranging from upbeat (80’s aerobics tapes, Toy Commercials, Cartoons) to dark (Horror, Grindhouse, Scfi, Anime). All this coming from his arsenal of two VHS players, a mixer and unlimited rentals from BlockBuster.
9PM – LATE
LOOP PROJECT SPACE AND BAR
23 MEYERS PLACE
MELBOURNE VIC 3000
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We acknowledge that this event takes place on the traditionally owned land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin alliance, to whom sovereignty has never been ceded, and we pay our respects to their Elders past, present, and emerging.