The evolution of Glass Candy has resulted in sweet incarnations time and time again.
Hailing from Portland, Ore., vocalist Ida No and producer Johnny Jewel have experimented with various musical genres over the years, all the time maintaining a distinct, fundamentally groovy sound.
Headlining a dance music-oriented Noise Pop showcase Friday night in San Francisco, Glass Candy will likely play new material off an album slated to drop later this year. Musical support provided by label mates Chromatics, fellow Portlandians Soft Metals, and DJs Omar and BT Magnum round out the evening.
Omar Perez — resident DJ and promoter for The City’s long-standing indie club Popscene — has been performing with Glass Candy for more than a decade.
“This [Friday] will commemorate over 10 years — an anniversary of sorts — of me and Glass Candy doing shows together,” Perez says.
Perez, who met No and Jewel when they were on tour with Get Hustle, booked the lot for his club night “Bordello” back in 2002. After that, friendship and collaboration seemed like kismet.
“Not even purposely, our paths would just cross,” Perez says. “I would be DJing a party and they would be playing it or my old punk band — Black Cat Music — would be on tour and we would be playing with them.”
In 2006, Jewel founded record label Italians Do It Better with producer Mike Simonetti specifically as an outlet for Glass Candy and Glass Candy-related releases.
Considered a dancier electronic music offshoot of Simonetti’s label Troubleman Unlimited Records, Italians Do It Better has taken a life of its own.
“They’re like a dream machine factory of cool stuff,” Perez says.
In fact, Ryan Gosling and director Nicolas Winding Refn personally checked out Glass Candy at a Los Angeles club for the “Drive” soundtrack, according to Perez.
Jewel ended up producing two tracks for the movie and recently released “Symmetry — Themes for an Imaginary Film,” a decidedly epic two-hour soundscape.
Glass Candy’s current single “Warm in the Winter” — and B-side tune “Beautiful Object” — have created buzz among fans looking forward to more music from the pair.
“I can’t wait to hear them on the gigantic Mezzanine sound system,” Perez says.
IF YOU GO
Presented by Noise Pop
Where: Mezzanine, 444 Jessie St., San Francisco
When: 8 p.m. Friday
Noise Pop Beat picks
Wednesday - Grimes @ Rickshaw Stop
Friday - Glass Candy @ Mezzanine
Friday - Matthew Dear @ Public Works
Saturday - Big Freedia @ Public Works
Where: 444 Jessie St., San Francisco
Info: Call (415) 625-8880 or visit www.mezzaninesf.com
Rich and diverse, Mezzanine showcases every type of live performance and electronic music act. The nightclub boasts state-of-the-art lighting as well as custom-built sound systems that put a finely tuned spotlight on today’s biggest artists. One of The City’s bigger spaces, Mezzanine has hosted everything from classic dance parties to roller skating bashes.