The Spider Compass Good Crime Band, a duo that will play the upcoming BSFX show, is described by its members as "giant vultures who play instrumental music based around a keyboard." Their YouTube video is just as outlandish: two costumed performers (one dressed as a giraffelike character, the other as a flamingo) dance and fiddle with samplers; the chamber-driven organs and rubber-sounding belches resemble industrial surf pop.
It's easy to get sucked into the abstract, visual noise. Costumes range from the cuckoo-clock masks of Hans Grusel to the moss-covered floor crouching of Ecomorti. "Some performers will move an entire set of scenery into a show, which takes two to three hours to set up, and then play a 15-minute set," Grusel says over the phone. "That shows the dedication people have to this sort of thing."<\!s>
BRUTAL SOUND EFFECTS FESTIVAL
Fri/8, 7:30 p.m.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
701 Mission, SF