Throughout the '70s and '80s art rock artists like Kate Bush constructed songs with pop melodies brought to life with elements of classical music. They backed their lyrics with heady visuals to emphasize a song's meaning. Suddenly, live performances began mutating into performance art. This why the video for "Sat In Your Lap" by Bush has the artist wearing a dunce cap while dancing with jesters and a minotaur to an aggressive percussion and spastic jazz piano, and singing about human nature's desire to know more and the lack of effort put forth to obtain it.
Steven Reker, Luke Fasano, James Rickman and Jen Goma of People Get Ready suggest their song's literal interpretation in the video "Windy City," in costume. Goma is dressed as the Statue of Liberty while Reker, Fasano and Rickman have squeezed into golden spandex onesies. Inspired by Cindy Sherman's "Untitled Film Stills," the band dance and pose along a street, in a park, all in a theatrical fashion that's indicative of its live show.
People Get Ready's version of art-pop incorporates baroque pop's permeable low-fidelity buzz while truncating the use of classical instruments. In place of a string section, People Get Ready uses sounds like an intergalactic telephone-dial tone on "Three Strangers" to flush out the composidtion. "Bees" functions as an interlude for this three song Live at KDHX set, while "New June" begins as a small guitar riff and winks to southern rock. Goma's vocals scale a spring-loaded candy mountain, make music that recalls the shy sway of hips and bent elbows over a bar top. Watch with tentative ears and listen with open eyes: People Get Ready's art pop and its all-too-physical live manifestations are a well-managed play on interdisciplinary activity.