PREPARE TO GO APE-SHIT WITH SMD
In his 1933 essay, “The Notion of Expenditure,” philosopher Georges Bataille argued that “the spectacle” represents an activity which “has no end beyond itself.” A spectacle is pure expenditure, excess in its most glorious form. Bataille does not see such a characterization as pejorative; indeed, he finds a certain necessity in unfettered indulgence. Every so often, society needs a release, a spectacle, to relieve the pressures exerted by our day-to-day, productive behaviors. One would be hard-pressed to find a more ardent endorsement of a good party or two, and one would be similarly hard-pressed to find a more, in the etymological sense of the word, spectacular party than a Simian Mobile Disco show.
If by some miracle the prospect of Simian Mobile Disco’s one-of-a-kind spectacle doesn’t entice you, just remember that the band has been known to lay down some pretty wicked beats. While the lights and lasers may not do it for you, the music certainly will (on that note, feel free to check out the video below for a quick explanation of how the band pulls off a live performance). Come see for yourself this Monday, December 3rd, at Neumos.
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