Flashback Friday: Factories Talk the '80s

Where we're going, we don't need roads; just a synthesizer, eyeliner, and a touch of androgyny. Welcome to Flashback Friday.

In case you missed it, Google commemorated the 78th birthday of electronic music pioneer, Bob Moog, with a wicked-cool doodle earlier this week.

Moog left his mark on the world when he invented the Moog synthesizer, revolutionizing how sound was manipulated and inspiring generations of music-makers. Needless to say, the '80s sound couldn't have been possible without him.

For this week's edition of Flashback Fridays we talk with the Valley's own electronic mavens, Factories, to see how synth sounds of yesteryear resonate with them today.

Factories will be playing along with Ladylike, Gospel Claws, and Steff Koeppen and the Articles tonight at the Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix.

Audra Marscovetra on the keys.

Mike Duffy: For me, aside from [listening to] mainstream pop music like Madonna and Michael Jackson, I grew up fairly young in the '80s. I was born in 1983, so a lot of the '80s music that I've found in flux with what we're currently doing, is stuff that I've kind of come back to in the last 10 years.

Coming out of the '80s, a lot of that stuff was cutting-edge technology that you couldn't get your hands on. Now you can go on eBay and for $50 you can buy a used drum machine to try out. So for me a lot of the influence comes from all sorts of bands experimenting with all sorts of different things. Especially at the time, and even now, bands are using things that are considered special instruments.

New Order was a big influence on me. That was the first time I had seen a really big crossover that incorporated programs, drums, and drum machines. So those guys were pretty influential on me, even though I kind of came back to them at a later age.

Location Info

Crescent Ballroom

308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

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