by Marty Silk in New Music on Monday 1 September 2008

A band that formed based on what should’ve been an empty promise, rehearsing at ridiculous hours of the night, unsigned, without an EP, describing their genre as Raverocktroscolotsastuff (a combination of rave, rock, electro, disco, and lots-a-stuff), have skyrocketed to the top of charts, winning Australian youth radio network Triple J’s unearthed, playing at Splendour in the Grass and now getting ready to rock out at Parklife, Meet ART vs SCIENCE.

Four months ago, a member of former rock outfit Roger Explosion promised a Sydney gig booker that they had a band to play a set at a Sydney club. By the time of their first gig later that week, they had sat down and written 7 songs in just 48 hours.

ART vs SCIENCE has three members, a set of drums, two keyboards and a guitar. Their sound is a little like The Presets or Cut Copy but not as serious, while at the same time like Daft Punk or Justice but not as electronic. Essentially it’s live dance music, their diverse influences ranging from Aerosmith to Justice and from The Hives to Michael Jackson, creating a very unique sound.

All three members went to high school together playing in the ‘nerdy school Jazz-band’. After school, having limited success with their rock band Roger Explosion they drastically changed their sound to cater to the growing dance/club audience.

Uni students in their spare time, the band was named because one of the keyboard players is pursuing a science degree, while the other is chasing an arts degree. Rehearsals are chaotic and lacking punctuality according to members, they are…

“Spontaneous. Dan will usually phone me up at 3am and yell at me until I agree to jam, whereby he comes over and bangs his hands on the keyboard until the cassette tape agrees with him.”

In their short existence, ART vs SCIENCE has won Triple J’s Unearthed competition, earning them a berth at Splendour in the Grass 2008. They received excellent reviews and you can see them at Parklife later this year.

With all this publicity and air time, amazingly, they remain unsigned, relaxed about not wanting to rush into things. They are planning to release their debut album in late November.

Their attitude in all this is refreshing, they say that they have no challenges, only fun. And their message to the masses … ‘Join Us’.