Freaky Friday: Didges Christ Super Drum to play in Cape Coral

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Photo by Amy Stewart



Balinese death masks. Didgeridoos. LED lights. Aliens. Glow in the dark paint.

There’s no other way to say this… but it’s a compliment: Didges Christ Super Drum is Southwest Florida’s weirdest band, and this is a show you don’t want to miss.

The Sarasota-based band returns to Cape Coral this Friday, Oct. 27, and will be playing at Rack ‘Em Billiards, 1011 SE 47th Terrace. The show begins at 9:30 p.m.

Didges Christ’s Shawn Bowen says even he has a hard time describing the group’s music genre.

“There’s no specific genre we fit in. We can’t put it into words,” Bowen, a.k.a. ObishawnKenobi, said. “I don’t know how to describe it, it’s a combination of stuff I life.”

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Didges Christ performs at Cape Coral Brewing last fall.

It’s rock meets electronic meets tribal meets industrial meets space aliens. But it’s more than just music — you’re in for a whole show.

Bowen and and Jeremy Lembo, a.k.a Lembonius, play the didgeridoo, the iconic Australian instrument. Julius Caesar Mendoza, stage name Caesaronius, is the drummer.

Bowen said their stage names are an inside joke from the 2009 movie, Gentlemen Broncos.

The band’s page said some fans compare the show to groups like Tool, A Perfect Circle, Skinny Puppy, Nine Inch Nails, GWAR, and Blue Man Group.

Marguerite Barnett, a.k.a. SkyeDancer, is a surgeon by day and an extraterrestrial dancer by night. She takes the lyrics of the group’s original songs and blends them into an interpretive dance. Her use of lit objects like batons, umbrellas or cloth add a unique twist to the group’s performance.

“The theater aspect, I really like,” Bowen said. “We started with The Alien motif, we just found stuff to add to it.”

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Photo by Amy Stewart

Most of the group’s songs are originals, although Bowen said they’ve worked on a few remix covers. Didges Christ has three albums out, which can be purchased on iTunes or picked up at the show. They also tour a few weeks out of the year, doing shows at smaller venues or at music festivals. They’ve gotten popular in the EDM festival scene, Bowen said.
The words are just as bizarre as the performance, but it’s not meant to sound too human.
Bowen’s the main lyricist, and the group will be playing two new songs on Friday, God Particle and Transhumanism Suspended.

Bowen gets inspired to write the music through research on the supernatural, extraterrestrial and hidden history of the world.

“I try to write the lyrics from the point of view of an alien visitor,” he said.
Since he was a kid, Bowen said he’s been fascinated by the existence of alien life and science fiction. The release of Star Wars “blew his mind” when he thought that there could be a galactic community in space that the Earth is not privy to. Turning that fascination into music started around 2009, when he and Lembo started playing around with different music as a side project to a band they used to be in. Then, it morphed into Didges Christ.
“We definitely wanted to be weird and different,” Bowen said. “The hardest thing to do now in music is be original.”

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Photo by Amy Stewart

 

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