There's something sexy about Euros. No? Whether it's the fashion, the accent or the "how do you say" innocence, something keeps us intrigued. Berlin-based Stereo Total has every bit of the above, plus a sound that packs Serge Gainsbourg, Brigitte Bardot, Devo, Plastic Bertrand and Jean-Jacques Perrey into one pleasant synth-popping and bombastic package.
For ten years, French-born Franoise Cactus and German Brezel Gring have paraded all over the world, singing in French, German and (broken) English over playful keyboard and guitar bits, sampler-driven melodies and bed-rocking percussion. Their American popularity escalated when the reputable punk label Kill Rock Stars reissued their back catalog, as well as new material, like their latest, Do the Bambi.
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In fact, Stereo Total's live show is just as enjoyable as its records, if not more stimulating through direct contact. A roomful of horny showgoers getting crazy on the dance floor -- under the sway of Stereo Total's European mystique -- is always quite the spectacle. When they last played Houston a couple of years ago, they invited a lucky audience member on stage and sandwiched him between them during "L'Amour 3," fittingly, a song about a threesome.