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Meet the Band: Joon

Shayne Soderstrom, left, and John Crayon mix modern instrumentation with a sound influenced by the ’60s and ’70s.

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Shayne Soderstrom, left, and John Crayon mix modern instrumentation with a sound influenced by the ’60s and ’70s.

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.

Meet the Band: Joon 07/02/08 [Last modified: Monday, November 1, 2010 2:08pm]
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