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The Birthday Massacre will be performing tonight at the Avalon.<BR>

The Birthday Massacre vocalist Chibi (whose real name hasn't been revealed) said MSI has been an influence for the band, which already cites everyone from Nine Inch Nails to Madonna as an influence.

"MSI have such a high-energy show that we know we have to make sure we are on the top of our game each time we open for them," said Chibi during a phone call from a stop in Jacksonville, Fla. "They have been great to us on the tour."

The Birthday Massacre — Chibi, keyboardist Owen, drummer Rhim, bassist O.E. and guitarists Michael Falcore and Rainbow — hail from Ontario, Canada. And this lineup has been together since 2005. But Chibi, Rainbow and Falcore have been with the band since its beginning in 1999.

Thanks to the Internet, the Birthday Massacre has been able to reach fans across the world, something that is amazing to Chibi.

"It's funny, because the music industry is in a little predicament," she said. "Getting our music out to people has been an uphill battle. We have been lucky and utilized the Internet, but even then, there are so many independent musicians using the Internet that we still feel we are very lucky to be where we are now."

The past few years have been intense ones for the Birthday Massacre. It has been gaining popularity and even embarked on a European tour.

"It was strange for us at that time because we were playing to audiences who didn't speak a word of English but were able to sing our songs," she said. "It was humbling, but a lot of fun."

The next goal on the band's list is to tour Australia. "We get MySpace messages begging us to go to Australia."

The band has released three CDs and recently released an extended-play CD called "Looking Glass."

"The EP contains remixes of previously released songs, but also two new songs and a cover," said Chibi. "One of the new songs, 'Nowhere,' was background music for a Web site, and the other new song, 'Shiver,' was done because we wanted a new song on the EP."

The cover tune is the Massacred version of "I Think We're Alone Now," a top 10 hit for Tommy James & the Shondells in 1967, but it is more famous as a No. 1 hit for Tiffany in 1987.

"We had so many different songs we wanted to cover, but since we have so many musical tastes, we couldn't agree on any song until this one.

"And we're pretty happy the way it turned out."


If you go . . .

What: Mindless Self Indulgence, the Birthday Massacre

Where: Avalon, 3605 S. State

When: Tonight, 6:30 p.m.

How much: $20

Phone: 467-8499, 800-888-8499

Web: www.smithstix.com


E-mail: scott@desnews.com