When we heard that Datarock was playing a day show for a bunch of kids, we immediately thought what a perfect combination! Red tracksuits, upbeat danceable songs, and crazy antics from these guys – it’s akin to the marriage of peanut butter and chocolate!
The performance at The Living Room in NYC was sponsored by Kidrockers – a concert series that began in January 2007 in NYC and produces shows in NYC, Los Angeles, Philadelphia (World Café Live) and Chicago (Schubas). These All Ages shows are designed to bring families together to experience some of the most engaging and vital artists in indie music and comedy. Artists perform original (not specifically made for children) songs in a manner that is both authentic and kid-friendly.
Warming up the crowd was the two funny-men team of Roger Hailes and Craig Baldo which quickly energized the kids, like they just had pixie stix which led to bringing up the the sweet birthday girl and her friends who sang an amazing acapella version of Miranda Cosgrove’s Dancing Crazy. I hear a future recording star!
Datarock is a dance-punk, electro-rock group whose name is derived from the Norwegian word for computer (“datamaskin”) and the word “rock” (meaning rock music made on a computer). Their influences are Talking Heads and Devo – it’s hard not to compare their upbeat innovative sounds – yet it’s authentic Datarock!
Mixing between their crowd-pleasing Fa Fa Fa and their latest release California (which Gerald Casale, bass player for Devo, directed) the band took time out for Q&A with the kids.
Q: What is your superpower?
A: We’d be Superheroes…we can make people sing and dance.
Q: What kind of music do you listen to?
A: Devo, Talking Heads, Kiss, Heavy Metal
Q: How long have you been a band?
A: A man? I’ve never been a man….oh a band…We’ve been a band for 10 years.
Q: What’s the biggest show you ever played?
A: We’ve played for 25,000 people
After mixing and mingling the guys broke out into an extended version of I Used to Dance With My Daddy while walking through the crowd – instruments and all.
Then they invited all the kids to come up on stage and play along with some of the percussion instruments sing and dance along.
After the show wrapped I had to congratulate the guys on the best Datarock show I’ve ever seen! They mentioned how they really enjoy doing it, and told how they played for hundreds of kids back in Norway a few months prior.