Eyeshadow: Less Than Zero + Floris Bates
First a film, then a live show: every month Eyeshadow presents a high-profile modern classic with a striking soundtrack. They’re cool, offbeat and thrilling films, always followed by a live performance in the bar area with music in tune with the spirit of the film. Tonight: Less than Zero, with music by Floris Bates to follow.
Less than Zero (1987, Marek Kanievska) is loosely based on Bret Easton Ellis' novel of the same name and follows the ending of a friendship between three bored and rich kids, Clay, Julian and Blair, in 1980s Beverly Hills. Their empty lives are filled with drugs, lives without any hope, future or real achievement. The cool cinematography is by Ed Lachman.
Listen afterwards to the jizz/jazz and 1980s crooning of ladies’ man Floris Bates, composer, pop songwriter and photographer from Haarlem. Bates recreates his daily experiences in offbeat and frustrated pop songs and records them on his Tascam-8 Track Cassette. Floris Bates’ music is a mixture of emo vulnerability and sexual frustration, filled with serenades to super models and film characters. His music falls somewhere in between the realm of all things psychedelic, classical, reverb, more reverb, jazz, metal, punk, blues rock and indie, inspired by Falco, Sonic Youth, Barry Manilow, Donny Osmond and the legendary The Best Ballads of Phil Collins. Right now Floris is putting the finishing touches on his debut album ‘Nasty Love’, to be expected somewhere late 2017.