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Tending to find a perfect balance between pop and art, Liverpool’s electro-pop trio Stealing Sheep have become synonymous with performance-based lived shows containing big ideas and big questions.

Teaming up with experimental multi-media show creators The Kazimier, Wow Machine carries on that reputation and heads the Sheep towards a theatrical-musical-dance spectacular for their performance which makes up part of Brighter Sound’s utterly brilliant Hexagon Experiment series. Highly influenced by the sounds and live show of The Pet Shop Boys, tonight’s gig sees the Sheep put on a show which is a mixture of high-art concepts and pure pop ecstasy, wrapped up nicely in house-inflected, dreamy electronica.

Brought to life by a team of eight highly choreographed dancers, Wow Machine ultimately works through its ability to showcase Stealing Sheep’s pounding, dance-heavy, sounds and three-part, precise, vocals.  The result landing us tonight in a pop heaven world, somewhere between synth-driven Underworld and pop melodies of Bananarama. 

Theatrical and sensory overloading, Wow Machine is pop at it’s highest brow. Wow by name, wow by nature.

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