Bands battle in concert

Two bands square off at Nanaimo Centre Stage as they enact a rivalry between ghosts and robots.

Members of Nanaimo band Top Men square off against Vancouver’s Cruel Young Heart in a concert Sept. 7 at Nanaimo Centre Stage

Members of Nanaimo band Top Men square off against Vancouver’s Cruel Young Heart in a concert Sept. 7 at Nanaimo Centre Stage

Two bands square off on stage as they enact a rivalry between ghosts and robots.

The techno dance party features Nanaimo’s Top Men alongside Vancouver’s Cruel Young Heart at Nanaimo Centre Stage on Sept. 7.

Top Men describe themselves as a cross between Daft Punk and a lo-fi Cirque du Soleil. They perform electronic dance music as a live band with theatrical shows that tell an ongoing story of time travel, cyborgs and love-lorn dinosaurs.

The band custom-crafts its own sets, props, and costumes. With some cardboard, papier mâché, old junk, and giant imaginations, Top Men bring to life the fantasies of their youth and pay homage to beloved pop culture references from Jules Verne to Mad Max.

The members met in Vancouver Island University’s music program and have collaborated in many other projects.

Cruel Young Heart recently came out of the legendary Mushroom Studio with their self titled EP. Their sound contains thick drums and catchy lyrics, with a smooth blend of dance synth and guitars.

Audience members are encouraged to dress in costumes and may even be able to help a side win the battle.

Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can only be purchased in advance at Fascinating Rhythm and Lucid.

For more information, please visit http://topmenband.wordpress.com.