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60 - CATrE GAZET/,Friday, September 26"-OciErbei  2, I997 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Steppin Get introduced to new sound of "Swoon" at Frogg Pond By Jen EUingsworth Chances are, you've probably never heard of GOSAP. That's because GOSAP, an acronym for "Groove-Oriented, Synthesizer, Alterna-Pop," is an original type of sound which bor- rows the elements of several styles of music. The result is an incredibly dis- tinct sound which has recently emerged and has set the Philadel- phia music scene literally on its ear. The Cape Region will be exposed to this unique type of music with the appearance of a band named "Swoon," which is set to perform at the Frogg Pond on First Street in Rehoboth Beach on Saturday, Sept. 27. A mix of live instrumentation melded with synthesizers, it's dif- ficult to discern which parts of Swoon's music are live and which are computer-generated. Swoon's demo tape, distributed by Astro Atlantic Productions of Drexel Hill, Pa., includes samples of the band's original and cover material. While the original side includes interesting, industrial- sounding tracks including "Tiny Flames" and "Sky Is Falling," the cover side has memorable ver- sions of Duran Duran's "Rio" and the Violent Femmes' anthem, "Blister in the Sun." The band, composed of four members, including frontman Greto, drummer Dan Stuart, gui- tar/electronics master Unlikely Boy and bass/programmer Ed Steager, has a sound reminiscent of an early Nine Inch Nails or Cure, but with a funky, synthesiz- er-laden edge. Its the latter that associates the group with the pop sound that makes it so unique in nature. "As far as we know, Swoon is the originator of the GOSAP sound," said Dan Stuart, Astro Atlantic Productions representa- tive. "It's a kind of mix between live instrumentation mixed with synthesizer so well that it's hard to tell what's live and what's not." Synthesizer-based bands like Depeche Mode, New Order and Erasure have often been criticized because fans say that their live shows seldom live up to the expectation that their recordings present. Stuart said this is not the case, however, with Swoon. "These guys are unbelievable," he said. "There's no guys behind keyboards. All of the keyboards are programmed in sequences. It's kind of like Swoon performing on stage with a big computer." Swoon is currently in the studio recording its debut album, which is due for a Christmas release. The album, which is as yet unti- tled, will be produced by EMI's own John Vanore of Acoustical Concepts. For more information about Sat- urday's Frogg Pond performance, call the establishment at 227- 2234. REHOBOTH BEACH Arena's Bar and Deli: 149 Rehoboth Avenue (in the Village by the Sea Mall). Every Sunday is Acoustic Jam Night. Friday, Sept. 26 - The Licks; Saturday, Sept. 27 - Bazooka. For information, call 227-1272. Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats: 320 Rehoboth Avenue. Fri- Members of the Philadelphia-based band "Swoon" include (l-r) Greto, Dan Stuart, Unlikely Boy and Ed Steager. day, Sept. 26 - Burning Bus; Sat- urday, Sept. 27 - Juliet's Wishing Well. For information, call 226- BREW (2739). Fran O'Brien's Beach House: Lake Avenue. Every Fri- day is Fran's 25th Anniversary Customer Appreciation Party from 9-11 p.m. with $1.50 domestic beer and rail drinks. DJ music by Phil McHugh, Friday and Satur- day nights, spinning your favorites from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. Scotty on the grand piano Thursday through Sunday from 5:30-9 p.m. For information, call 227-6121. Frogg Pond: First Street and Rehoboth Avenue. Karaoke every Thursday. Saturday, Sept. 27 - Swoon; Friday and Saturday, Oct. 3-4 - The Robbin-Banks Band. For information, call 227-2234. Irish Eyes: Wilmington Boogie down to the sounds of the Convertibles at the Rusty Continued on page 61 Rudder on Friday, Sept. 26. Second maritime Boast the Coast festival set for Lewes Oct. 4 The Lewes Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau, Inc. will sponsor the second annual maritime event, Boast the Coast, set for Saturday, Oct. 4. The event was conceived in 1996 to showcase Lewes' nautical heritage and to feature activities that comple- mented the previously established "Coast Day" event, sponsored by the University of Delaware's College of Marine Studies, which takes place this year on Sun- day, Oct. 5. According to Boast the Coast chairperson, Terry Cook of Pace Electric, "The day's event will feature a multitude of popular activities with an emphasis on national education for all ages." Throughout the day, in a tent set up along the canal next to Irish Eyes Restaurant, events designed to attract families are scheduled every hour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost to attend any or all of the shows is $5 per family and may be paid at the tent entrance. Paid entrants will have their hands stamped and may return to the tent at any time during the day to attend later shows. The following attractions will be in the tent: "Flumpa and Friends, LIVE", 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. - This live show includes storytelling performed by Wendy Whitten (former Miss Sussex County, 1987 and Miss Cape Henlopen, 1988 and now living in Tennessee) accompanied by production of sound and visual effects live on stage by Mike Swerda, followed by some interactive song and dance fun with Flumpa, a tree frog. The show addresses and supports the envi- ronment and nature. "Creatures of the Coast", 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. - This presentation by Chris Bennett, manager of Cape Henlopen's Seashore State Park's Seaside Nature Center, is an introduction to the animals that live along the Delaware coast featuring live horseshoe crabs and snails. "Mysterious and Dangerous Creatures of the Sea," noon and 4 p.m. The National Aquarium of Bal- timore's traveling exhibit and theatrical performance exploring common misconceptions and fears of ani- mals with unique adaptations. The show features cos- tumed volunteers as sharks, jellyfish and other sea Continued on page 62 The boat parade is juse one highlight of the annual Boast the Coast Festival, being held Saturday, Oct. 4 in Lewes. l'['lIl'[V ' " ][1 `T1lgT`-'IIR1i1mrTmT1nrt|m11 ...... 71"1 Ill I  I [- r |]111111"]['TNI]]W]I'IIlI'ImDIIlIIIIII]III'I I1 -llilllnlvnrll*'lTi1 lln 1 ,1 I T"r II't ,1111r"llll i ln'lllr, lllremrm-rmm it,rlrrmlmlrrT, Tlrr''r, ........ 1, - rrr ................................