watch Thao & The Get Down Stay Down play “We the Common (For Valerie Bolden)” in the Moog Sound Lab
The Moog Sound Lab is a video series where bands and artists are invited to perform in the Moog Music factory in Asheville, North Carolina. With an arsenal of Moog equipment at their disposal, the musicians offer radically new takes on their material.
Much like The Tallest Man on Earth, who was featured in the last installment, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down are not normally associated with electronic music but their time in the Moog Sound Lab made for interesting new direction. Performing “We the Common (For Valerie Bolden)” from this year’s We the Common, Thao hangs onto her banjo but the rest of the band switched to Moog analog circuitry. Bassist Adam Thompson laid down thick lines on the Moog Sub Phatty Synthesizer while drummer Jason Slota keeping the beat with three Minimoog modules, and Johanna Kunin used a Slim Phatty poly-chain to color things in.
You can catch Thao & the Get Down Stay Down in NYC when they open for Foxygen at Hudson River Park’s River Rocks on July 25 which is a free show.
Previous installments of The Moog Sound Lab series, which has been premiering here at BrooklynVegan, featured Diamond Rings, Zola Jesus, Washed Out, and Toro Y Moi. You can watch video of Thao & the Get Down Stay Down’s Moog Sound Lab performance below.
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down performs “We the Common (For Valerie Bolden)” live in the Moog Sound Lab