It’s not very often that you can catch a band playing IDM (Intelligent Dance Music, a genre of electronic music) on live instruments. In fact, it’s almost contradictory, but that is what the electronic music makers of BioDiesel do. IDM is a genre classified by fast, techno-like, synthesized beats; typically break style beats that would be impossible for a normal drummer to play. That is not the case for BioDiesel’s drummer Johnny Rabb though, because Rabb was the first drummer in the world to break the barrier of one thousand single drum strokes in 60 seconds, earning him the title of the original World’s Fastest Drummer. Along with bassist Clay Parnell, the duo combine to create mashed up, trance influenced dance music. In January, the band released a five song EP called Carbon Confidential, which is full of catchy vocal samples and trance inducing electro waves, all laid over Rabb’s escalating beats. BioDiesel will take the stage at Soundlab this Friday (Feb 18) with synth-slammers the Manhattan Project. —cory perla
10pm. Soundlab, 110 Pearl St. (440-5907 / www.bigorbitgallery.org/soundlab). $10.