The Birthday Massacre

Rarely does a band's name fit its music as decorously as with the Birthday Massacre. Similarly the Toronto-based quintet's sound is color-coordinated with its black-and-purple art scheme. It is Eighties big-rock balladry reupholstered for the goth-rock vampire patrol, like Missing Persons lost in the House of Frankenstein, armed with only a candle and a loud sequencer.

A Game Boy geek squad glorified by the presence of hot chick singer Chibi, the band is thankfully not anything like the German industrial devil-cartoon bands you might be thinking of. Instead their trademarks are crunch-ass guitars, simple Nintendo keyboard lines cranked to 11, and massive, heart-tugging hooks. Conceptually — their ever-present fake blood is purple — they're a bit too faux-gory for the mainstream, but the songs ... man, those songs.

The Birthday Massacre: Sugar and spice and everything nice. Really
The Birthday Massacre: Sugar and spice and everything nice. Really

Details

The Birthday Massacre and The Start perform Friday, August 17, at Studio A, 60 NE 11th St, Miami. The show begins at 8:00 p.m. Tickets cost $12, and those 18 and older are welcome with ID. Call 305-358-7625, or visit www.studioamiami.com.

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"We're not like dead-serious, snarling, raised-eyebrow guys trying to freak people out," protests Chibi. "We just have a bit of fun with things and do things we think are cool and interesting with our visuals. I mean, if a blood-spattered shirt is over-the-top, then I guess we're pretty insane."

 
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