Song of the Day: Datarock – Fa-Fa-Fa

photo courtesy of MySpace

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole, is “Fa-Fa-Fa” by Datarock from their 2007 album Datarock Datarock, available on Nettwerk.

Datarock – Fa-Fa-Fa (MP3)

Without an album, Datarock initially used live shows to make noise. However, in 2005, progress required an album. Flying the flag of bands like Devo and Talking Heads while maintaining their own electro-punk flourishes, Datarock inevitably won over European audiences. Fa-Fa-Fa, the first single chosen from the recent U.S. release, gained momentum in 2005 through the popular DJ-Kicks series, that time chosen by Annie, a fellow Norwegian whom lead singer Fredrik Saroea had collaborated with in the past. Two years later, Datarock are still pumping adrenaline into the same songs (a few are different), leaving their mark on Americans, who are always thirsty for the next bit of electronic music to come out of Europe.

As always, support the bands you love; check out Datarock’s website and MySpace page for up-to-date information. Here’s a video for Computer Camp Love:

Read a review of Datarock’s show by Eric Mahollitz after the break:

photo by Mike Blankenhorn

Datarock live at Chop Suey 6/10/07
Review by Eric Mahollitz

To mark the release of their 2-year-old debut album in the US, Norway’s Datarock, consisting of Fredrik Saroea and Ket-ill, brought their well-tested act to these shores. Seattle was lucky enough to hear their Devo-drenched tunes at Chop Suey last week.

First of all, anyone the least bit familiar with these Norwegian sensations knows they don’t perform without their red tracksuits on, and this time around was no exception. While past performances have featured multiple extras onstage, mostly for dancing and other random stage theatrics, the Chop Suey stage could only hold the core group(guitar, bass, drums, synths).

When Datarock took the stage, the venue was full in the comfortable sense, allowing any dramatic dancing in the crowd to take place uninhibited, and the first half of the set would warrant plenty of dramatic dancing. Highlights of the first half were Grease-throwback “Computer Camp Love,” which included banter between the band reminiscent of Travolta and the boys; a song about Molly Ringwald entitled simply “Molly”; “Bulldozer”; and “I Used to Dance With My Daddy,” a song that included choreographed dancing in the vein of the Temptations and a crowd sing along (See Video below).

photo by Mike Blankenhorn

The second half of the set changed gears dramatically. The dance influence of their Talking Heads-inspired songs dropped off, and the punk aspects remained. Unfortunately, the end of the show maintained only half of the original audience. Those who left missed out on the first single from the record, “Fa-Fa-Fa,” and an encore of “Gaburo Girl” and “Princess.” By the end, the entire band, exhausted and grateful, sang along and interacted with the audience as Dirty Dancing’s “I’ve Had the Time of My Life” blasted through the speakers.

Datarock left Seattle with more than the Chop Suey show. The following day they performed in the KEXP studio. Check out their MySpace page to hear the entire album that finally saw its US release on Tuesday, 6/12. Meanwhile, here’s a clip from their show in San Francisco earlier this year.

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