Our lovely pals Sons of an Illustrious Father never fail to make us smile, dance, think, weep (so many feels, basically) and the latest remix of their single “Very Few Dancers” by CX KIDTRONIK (of hardcore band Atari Teenage Riot and the great Saul Williams’ DJ) is sure to illicit some feels as well.
It was a natural fit – Sons of an illustrious Father toured with Saul Williams earlier this year, allowing plenty of time for the band to bond with CX over their eclectic musical tastes (and to push each other around on bellhop carts – see Ezra Miller and CX above). Lilah Larson, who plays guitar and sings and does percussion and whatever else (everyone in this band pretty well does everything, isn’t that lovely?) explains how this remix came to be:
We were on tour with CX and Saul Williams, spending all of our time together, hours and hours in the van, hanging around venues, back at the hotel, all the while listening to, referencing, and making music. It really quickly became apparent that we had a lot of crossover in musical infatuation—not just hip hop, but hardcore, post-punk, new wave, dance, house… CX would be on his decks after soundcheck, flipping around between ESG, Pharaoh Monch, Bad Brains, and The Pretenders or something, and we’d just get so excited by the sort of synergy—among the disparate artists being thrown around, and among us, the disparate people living together. We knew we wanted a remix of Very Few Dancers, a song we feel like is exemplary of our varied influences—y’know, it’s a rock song, informed by hip hop, with a banjo and six part harmonies—so who better to do the remix than the mix and match madman, cyberpunk DJ extraordinaire CX KIDTRONIK? I love what he did with it because I feel like he turned it inside out (I picture that old Nickelodeon cartoon “Inside-Out Boy”): while we had kind of wrapped the punk rock up in a danceable beat and synths, he gutted it and put the punk core out in the foreground.
So without further delay, we’re proud to premiere the track here. We hope it tickles your Tuesday.