Violens summon influences as divergent as 60s psych-pop, thrash metal, and Miami freestyle. Their music channels the stylish sophistication of Roxy Music and the no-wave roar of early Sonic Youth, synthesizing the laughing nightmare spaces of Stanley Kubrick or Nobuhiko Obayashi.
The New York-based 3-piece will release their highly anticipated debut album Amoral November 2nd via Brooklyn label Friendly Fire Recordings and their own imprint Static Recital. Producer/multi-instrumentalist Jorge Elbrecht, also known for his work as a member of the art company Lansing-Dreiden, formed Violens in late 2007 as a new outlet for his songwriting. Iddo Arad (synths) and Myles Matheny (guitar) complete the vocal har monies, and currently join Elbrecht at the core of the group’s sound.
Since releasing a self-titled EP in 2008, Violens have toured the US and Europe, performing with the likes of Grizzly Bear, Bat for Lashes and Deerhunter. Now, after furthering their studio prowess with remixes (MGMT, The Very Best), runway scores (Patrik Ervell, Yigal Azrouel), and a seasonal mixtape series showcasing their influences and collaborators, Violens have completed their extraordinary debut album. Self-recorded, self-produced, and self-mixed, Amoral is a collision of comfort and violence, cushion and crunch, attack and embrace. This is unforgettable music, full of possibility and unfathomable depth.
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