Nestled snuggly last night at T. T. The Bear's between the warm, cozy beats of local trio STEREO TELESCOPE and bi-coastal duo JAVELIN was a brash spectacle that few may have ever witnessed. Behold, above, the living, breathing female keyboard stand courtesy of Providence electronic-pop act AMIL BYLECKIE BAND.
Our Hero the Painted Lady stood perfectly still for several songs, balancing synthesizers above her head like a musical Atlas, all while the animated side-guy (it was apparently his last gig!) did his musical thing above her.
With a strange resemblance to Nataly Dawn of Pomplamoose, the kneeling ladysynth was golden-tanned and wearing some edgy dark shades, so clearly there's a nugget of performance art involved here. But she doesn't even seem to be considered a member of the band (her face ain't painted in the banner of their website), and she sat towards the back of the stage very silently when her services weren't needed.
So what do you think -- is this display offensive, awesome, or just kinda whatever it's Friday who cares? As a friend of mine commented by their third song -- "Oh, Providence."
UPDATE: Mr. Amil Byleckie himself responds, via my Facebook wall: "yikes, the bands about spectacle not human servitude. i think its interesting that you didn't acknowledge that we were all wearing skintight spandex bodysuits! we're objectifying ourselves as hard as we possibly can. The lovely lady that agreed to be a part of this performance is aware of this and was eager to participate. I'm sorry this bothered you so much."
And there you have it.