THE BLACK QUEEN
A kind of power synth pop trio, the Black Queen began in casual fashion and developed into a full-blown band treated by its members as much more than an extracurricular project. In 2011, Greg Puciato, Dillinger Escape Plan's vocalist, and Steven Alexander, a seasoned tech (DEP, Nine Inch Nails, Ke$ha), began working on material with one another that deviated significantly from the former's main band. Later in the year, Joshua Eustis (NIN, Puscifer) was added to the fold, after Puciato crossed paths with the multi-instrumentalist, producer, and songwriter at a Puscifer gig. Puciato's interests had long involved electronic music -- his primary band had covered songs by Massive Attack, Depeche Mode, and even Aphex Twin -- and he admired Eustis' output with Telefon Tel Aviv. The two also shared a love for R&B, a genre detectable throughout Eustis' recorded history. Within a couple years, Puciato, Alexander, and Eustis were deeply involved in the Black Queen, living with one another in Los Angeles, and supporting each other through bleak personal matters. In 2015, they debuted the Black Queen with the ballad "The End Where We Start" and quickly followed it with the relatively uptempo "Ice to Never," a pair of singles that were closer in construction to Telefon Tel Aviv's Immolate Yourself than anything by Dillinger Escape Plan. Additionally, these songs featured some of Puciato's most melodic and restrained vocal performances without sacrificing any feeling. Fever Daydream, their debut album, was released in January 2016.
Telefon Tel Aviv
Telefon Tel Aviv is the musical project of Joshua Eustis, who is trying very hard to make music as a way to sweat out all the nasty things. It has devolved from his eye-to-eye collaboration with the late Charles Wesley Cooper, III, into the musical detritus of all the horror, awe, despair, hope, beauty, and contempt in our world.
Certain recordings are meant to be absorbed as sensorial experiences - reminders that music is not only about hooks and melodies, but it is deeply grounded on textural qualities, ambience and raw emotion.This is the vision that drives the work of Portland-based composer and producer Lavender. His forward-thinking and ethereal songs echo the work of artists the likes of Alessandro Cortini, Tim Hecker and Four Tet, just to mention a few.
Lavender’s first album Mystique Youth came out August 2015 on Jacktone Records and made it into SF Weekly’s top 15 Bay Area albums of the year. Lavender's follow up album Horizons Beneath the Surface came out May 9th on Jacktone Records and already received stellar reviews from XLR8R, That’s Deck, aQuarius recOrds and SF Weekly.
While lavender’s studio albums embody the aesthetics of minimal electronica, the cinematic landscapes of post rock and the organic qualities of experimentalism, his performances can range from voluptuous soundscapes to dancefloor bangers with Italo Disco overtones guaranteed to drive crowds into extended celebratory nights.
Synth / Electronic artist based in Los Angeles. Avoiding the walls typical of electronic genres, his music weaves together elements of modern electronics with classic new-age synth and even Italo-disco sounds. Artists such as Kavinsky, M83, Vangelis, and John Carpenter have been cited as comparisons.