Hometown underground-artists-made-good Beats Antique bring their hit fusion of electronic and world music — plus a rich, highly theatrical live show — to the hallowed Fillmore this weekend.
The Oakland-based trio of David Satori, Zoe Jakes and Tommy “Sidecar” Cappel came up as street performers in the blue-collar town. Now they are nationally touring their fifth album, “A Thousand Faces Vol. 1 & 2,” a two-part operatic, “Odyssey”-like homage to comparative mythologist Joseph Campbell’s “The Hero With a Thousand Faces.”
“It feels really good,” Satori says. “We’ve been part of the underground art music scene for almost 15 years — from Yard Dogs Road Show and Extra Action Marching Band to Aphrodesia and Bassnectar. For us to now be playing two nights at the Fillmore is an honor and we’re really excited to be representing these influences.”
Releasing records since 2007, Beats Antique blends breakbeats, glitch, dubstep and downtempo with hip-hop, Middle Eastern flourishes and even circus culture. Their second LP, 2008’s “Collide,” broke into the top 20 most downloaded records on Amazon and was on the Amazon top 10 list of most downloaded Middle East and world dance music.
Satori had studied the power of myth and Campbell’s theory of archetypal heroes in high school. When the band sought to make its fifth LP a concept album, Sidecar Tommy found diagrams of what Campbell called “the hero’s journey,” which became a template for sounds recorded for eight months in Oakland’s Big Cactus Studio. Primus founder and local music icon Les Claypool provided bass and vocals as the devil on a track in what Cappel calls “a dream come true.”
Beats Antique self-released “A Thousand Faces Vol. 1” in October, and sold out shows in New York and Boston, wowing audiences with a live set that features the trio performing amid video installations from San Francisco firm Obscura Digital and Aeon Flux’s Ivan Landau.
Borrowing from Amon Tobin’s ISAM live show, the video is projection-mapped onto miniature hand-painted cities onstage. “We’re asking fans to go on a journey,” Jakes says. “And people are 100 percent with us by the end of the show.”
IF YOU GO
Where: Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.
When: 9 p.m. Saturday, 8 p.m. Sunday
Contact: (415) 346-6000, www.ticketmaster.com
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