Then There Were None

Thursday

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At Club Heaven

Then There Were None's techno-electropop sound was born of necessity. "We've adopted a techno approach not for stylistic reasons, but basically because people kept dropping out of the band," says Bev Stanton, bassist/keyboard player with the Wheaton duo. "We had up to five people at one point, but we ended up replacing people with machines." The band's name is a joke about the attrition rate, Stanton says. "It was like an Agatha Christie novel."

Machines -- synthesizers and samplers and sequencers and such -- are more dependable than musicians, says Stanton. "They don't bitch about anything, you don't have to pay them and they do exactly what you want." Stanton's boyfriend John Sudnik is the band's vocalist, and he's joined for live shows by background singer Margie Perez in TTWN's darkly danceable mix. "We try to be more humanistic," says Stanton. "We use mostly keyboard and MIDI stuff, but we also have some acoustic instruments. And onstage John is very lively and emotive and interesting to watch."

Most of the classic electropop bands have a two-person lineup -- think OMD, Yazoo, Erasure, Pet Shop Boys . . . "I think that's because keyboard {players} have a hard time getting along with other people, because they're used to controlling everything," Stanton says. "It's difficult to have a lot of hands in the music and make it work."

To hear a Sound Bite from Then There Were None's self-titled album, call 202/334-9000 and press 8131.