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Information Society Angry but Humorous

With its repetitive drum programs and droning vocals, Minneapolis-based synth band Information Society is doing a great job mirroring the basic ennui of the black-is-our-favorite-color segment of the teen society.

Yet, the four-piece band also has a self- and scene-mocking attitude that keeps it from being overpowered by the technology that sculpts its sound. It also helps lift the group out of the pit of doom and gloom that too many techno-pop acts wallow in.

Playing Saturday at Club Postnuclear in Laguna Beach, Information Society sampled bits of “Star Trek,” adopted the catch line from “The Mickey Mouse Club” to explain why they do what they do (“Because we like you”) and even admitted that they play gigs for money .

Quirky yet trendy, angry and alienated yet humorous, Information Society has taken all the techno-rock elements and given them a light twist. Rhythmically, the group is as quick to turn to hip-hop as it is to look to funk or straight-ahead dance music. And by mixing things up, at least they keep their dance grooves from turning into ruts.

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Information Society also plays the Roxy in West Hollywood today and Tuesday.


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