Com Truise Brings His Retro-Futurist Synth-Funk to Bardot This Saturday

​You may have noticed a recent wave of electronic music producers with "spoonerisms" for monikers -- silly twists on famous musicians' names, like Joy Orbison, Jichael Mackson and Wevie Stonder.

Well, New Jersey-based producer Seth Haley didn't choose to toy with the name of an influential pop star. Instead, he's goofing on cinematic icon Tom Cruise. And it makes perfect sense, because the Com Truise sound is pure '80s nostalgia, redolent of the dreamy vintage synth scores from films like Risky Business. Haley even remixed Daft Punk's soundtrack for sci-fi '80s sequel Tron last year.

Which is not to say Com Truise is stuck in the elevators of the sonic past. His self-dubbed "mid-fi synth-wave, slow-motion funk" might borrow heavily from those retro synth-pop sounds, but it's also time-traveling right into the future on the wings of techno and IDM. After all, he's signed to Matthew Dear's Ghostly International imprint, a major purveyor of forward-thinking leftfield electronica.

So expect equal doses of the familiar and the completely unexpected when Com Truise headlines Bardot's Art Walk Concert Series on Saturday.

Com Truise with Cosmo Baker, Between You and Me, AbdeCaf, and Gooddroid. Saturday, February 11. Bardot, 3456 N. Miami Ave., Miami. The show starts at at 10 p.m. and tickets cost $10 plus fees via Ages 21 and up. Call 305-576-7750 or visit

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Sean Levisman