You wouldn’t think that watching four stationary dudes playing around with analog synths would make for the most dynamic show, but Austin synthwave masters S U R V I V E make it all come together. And it works because the synthesizer itself is less about showmanship and more about uncut mood and texture. The group released their latest album RR7349 last year and instead of the airy light electro beams, Survive use their weapon of choice to conjure ominous synth modulations that come across best in the dead of night. At the El Rey show in Los Angeles last night (April 19), the group took that mood and atmosphere to the next level. The lights were low and dramatic, the four combining their onstage workstations to produce a reverie that was thrilling and body shaking, a forceful reminder of the unique powers of the synth. Check out some photos above.
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