Two of Melbourne’s most respected electronic acts reveal live show at The Capitol Theatre
08.12.2020

Two of Melbourne’s most respected electronic acts reveal live show at The Capitol Theatre

Ara Koufax
Words by August Billy

Don’t miss Ara Koufax and Simona Castricum perform as part of Melbourne Music Week.

The Capitol at RMIT is one of the world’s most architecturally-sublime cinemas. Located smack-bang in the middle of the CBD, the art deco theatre was designed by American architects Walter Burley and Marion Mahoney Griffin (who also designed the entire city of Canberra).

Ara Koufax will take advantage of The Capitol’s extravagant opulence by premiering their own experimental film, SCREAM. The film, created exclusively for MMW, will be paired with a live soundtrack featuring all new music from the Melbourne techno duo.

Joining them will be Melbourne icon and dance music extraordinaire Simona Castricum, who released her third full-length effort Panic/Desire in June 2020. It followed 2014’s Exotic Ladies Of Birobidzhan and 2016’s #TriggerWarning40, which helped put Simona at the forefront of Melbourne’s electronic and dance music underground.

Panic/Desire is a concept album that acts as an “allegory about gender nonconformity lived in the spaces between urban and digital realms”. The conceptual underpinning was informed by Simona’s move into academia, which allowed her to bring a much deeper context to her songwriting, proposing something more philosophical and political than her previous work. Don’t worry if that sounds a bit weighty, though – Panic/Desire also slaps.

Ara Koufax and Simona Castricum come to The Capitol – RMIT as part of Melbourne Music Week on Tuesday February 23. Grab tix here.

To keep up to date with all the gigs going down in Melbourne, head to our dedicated online gig guide which will be gradually updated as the local live music scene kicks back into gear.