NET, Digital Leather

Fri 8/10/18

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm (event ends at 12:00 am)


This event is all ages

Todd Fink (born Todd Baechle) and wife Orenda Fink converged first on tour, then in love and now in music. CLOSENESS, the couple’s first group together, is the result of two incredibly talented musicians melding in life and in art.

Both halves of this new project have work spanning a variety of venerated musical outfits. Todd is most notably the frontman of The Faint, while Orenda is best known as one-half of the slick Azure Ray, and has credits including Moby, Bright Eyes, Paul Kalkbrenner, Eric Bachmann, Delerium, Sparklehorse, and Isaac Brock.

Todd and Orenda had often talked about starting a band together after meeting and falling in love in 2002 (married in 2005) but had always been busy with other projects.

In 2015, they were energized to finally realize their vision for a band together.
In an amalgam of their previous work, CLOSENESS emerges with an electronic but shadowy southern gothic sound. Todd’s high-energy, cool and synthetic voice lifts and energizes Orenda’s mystical and warm-hearted aura.

Their debut work, which Todd recorded, produced and mixed in his home studio, is ripe with dreamlike scenarios, skirting the edge of otherworldliness. Pulsating rhythms boom and break around futuristic vocals from both. Together, they create a unified archetype that is moody, therapeutic and deeply inspired by the most basic questions about life, meaning, love and death.

Musically, the two are inspired by The Knife, Pink Floyd, The Zombies, Tr/st, Crystal Castles, John Carpenter, and Health. The couple also cites Alan Watts, Carl Jung, Alejandro Jodorowiski, G.I. Gurdjieff, Tibetan Book Of The Dead, i, and The Enneagram in their catalog of general influences.
The cover art for NET’s 2018 cassette “Memory Swipe” depicts a human face: skullcap removed, radio antennae poking out, static where eyeballs should be, brain folds unfurling, wires connecting it all. Listen to “Memory Swipe,” and that all seems… about right.

NET sounds like a little bit of everything and nothing at once. Songwriter Kyle Vasquez cites a number of influences, including Devo and Kraftwerk, and those connections are apt, but he also notes that he deprive himself of listening to music during the writing process.

“I don’t like to hear other bands’ music in my head when I’m trying to fill it with music of my own,” Vasquez says.

And therein lies the real mystery behind “Memory Swipes” chaos: During the songwriting process, the first few integral steps are taken before anyone picks up an instrument. Rather, the song takes shape in Vasquez’s head.

“It’s fun to have almost an entire song already laid out before I turn it into something we can actually hear,” Vasquez says.

Once the song breaks that fourth wall, it’s further brought to life by bandmates Tommy McKenzie (Ester Drang, Stardeath and White Dwarfs), John Baber (Gum), and Andy Escobar (Copperheads), whose diverse musical backgrounds only further tangle the wires that make NET’s sound so memorable.

“Memory Swipe” was released digitally and on cassette in February 2018. Visit
Digital Leather
Digital Leather
Digital Leather is the musical alter-ego of multi-instrumentalist Shawn Foree (although on stage he's backed by a band).
Venue Information:
Slowdown - Front Room
729 North 14th Street
Omaha, NE, 68102