It's Monday morning and I'm watching Con Bro Chill videos, trying to identify all the different pieces of pop-culture detritus floating by. The Portland band's visual aesthetic is part LMFAO's dayglo Spandex style complete with Bedazzled codpieces, part OK Go fake-mustache dance-off, and part Saturday Night Live winky-winky snicker-fest, all garishly maxed out to cover every square inch of your preferred viral-video screen. The music is a mishmash of sugary synthpop, throbbing EDM, and Andrew WK's punch-the-air party-rock. Mix in some Gaga-like fan engagement (Con Bro Chill has its own "Neon Army"), a Kickstarter with an "Awesome Sauce" pledge level, and a pro lacrosse player for a frontman, and you've got Con Bro Chill. It's like the most annoying parts of the internet from 2007 came back to life in musical form. (Postscript: I just visited CBC's Facebook page. Their influences? "'80s dance music, Freddy Mercury, LMFAO, Andrew WK's attitude, Blink 182, OK Go's videos." One thing Con Bro Chill doesn't do is mystery. Also... it's spelled "Freddie.") BEN SALMON
128 NE Russell, Portland, OR 97212
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