Just the two of 'em: Shayne Soderstrom, vocals, guitars, synths, programming and drum machine; John Crayon, vocals, guitars, synths and keyboards.
Home base: Lakeland.
CD: The Uncanny Valley (LP, Go Fidelity).
What's the Uncanny Valley? "The Uncanny Valley was a theory that was released in a book by the same name by a Japanese roboticist in 1970," Soderstrom says. "It basically says that when something is synthetic, people will respond positively to its human traits." But when it gets to a certain point of being humanlike, people suddenly respond negatively. "When you graph out the response, there's a sudden drop. That's called the uncanny valley.
"I found that the concept applies to more than just robots or computer-animated people. People will respond to electronic music if you add just the right bits of organic sounds. I used the uncanny valley as sort of a guide when recording the record."
Timeless pop: "Well, we really try to focus on melodies first," Soderstrom says. "We're both a bit obsessed with the '60s and '70s, so using modern instrumentation helps to keep things from sounding too dated."
IS IT Live . . .: "Obviously our recordings involve a lot of overdubbing," Crayon says. "But most of our performance is absolutely live. This surprises people sometimes. A guy at our last show didn't believe we actually played all of the synths and guitars onstage. Apparently we're decent mimes."
Outside the band: Crayon is studying toward a master's degree in American studies at the University of South Florida. Soderstrom plans to get married in August and go back to school to be a teacher.
Hear 'em: 10 p.m. Saturday with Dead Maids and Attachedhands at New World Brewery in Ybor City. $6. (813) 248-4969.