Let’s Hear it for Art!
Open the CD/DVD case to Fischerspoonerâ€šÃ„Ã´s May 03â€šÃ„Ã´ Capitol release, #1 and study closely the credits. Where most bands credit a vocalist, two guitarists, a bass player and a drummer, Fischerspooner lists a dramaturge, a wig master, filmmakers, choreographers, actors, and M.A.C. cosmetics. A band, yes, on a fundamental level: they make music. But if the art movement we are currently building is the mastering of multi-media and mass production, Fischerspooner is it. Above the basic fact that they are a band that makes good music, they are an art conglomo that rivals in production Cirque du Soleil. Radio is not their format and music is only about an eighth of their medium.
The masterminds of the new wave/electro pop troupe are musician Warren Fischer and video artist Casey Spooner, who met in 1990 at the Art Institute of Chicago. Their fusion of video and blippy electro combined with lavish performances suggests Fischerspooner runs more with the art crowd than dabbling too far into the realm of MTV.
As weâ€šÃ„Ã´re hearing less and less electro behind the explosion of indi-as-pop invading the radio, #1 is a refreshing kick back to the electro fadâ€šÃ„Ã´s peak of last year while reminding you that music has not been completely dissected from the art scene.