It helps that the band looks as good as it sounds. “To us, presentation is important to the package,” says Foundation. In Goodnight Electric’s case, that tends to mean identical ensembles of shiny tracksuits, slick shades, sparkling sneakers and gleaming visors. These guys would be oddities in any crowd, never mind a club in Jakarta.
Luckily, the band has the sense of absurdity needed to pull it all off. In the song The Supermarket I Am In, they sing in nonsense English: “Let’s get together, look for some fun/ We are getting absurd/ We’re gonna play, we’re gonna run/ I just don’t like mustard.” Well, when all you want to do is dance, what do lyrics matter? “[Synth pop] may go away this year or next, you never know,” Foundation says. “But dance music will always be here.”