Violens (pronounced "vy-lenz"), featuring members of Lansing-Dreiden, are a New York-via-Miami four-piece formed in the fall of 2007 comprised of members Iddo Arad (synths/vocals), Ben Brantley (bass), Jorge Elbrecht (lead vocals/guitar) and Kris King (drums). Their music imagines a place where The Zombies & The Byrds meet Wire & The Violent Femmes, and Crass meets Angelo Badalamenti & Prefab Sprout.
Violens songs conjure descriptions of nightmares, the passing of time, speculations on spiritual messages, and accounts of psychedelic hallucinations. Even their most frenetic guitar work and aggressive rhythms are draped in a gauze of reverberant, harmonized vocals and synths which create a sense of creepy, artificial comfort. A fitting characterization, lyrically and musically, for a group whose name sounds like a melding of the words "violence" and "violins".
The buzz around this band has been so good that The Handsome Furs asked them on their East Coast Tour.
US Tour With Handsome Furs
Thursday March 27 PS 14 Miami, FL
Friday March 28 Respectable Street Palm Beach, FL
Saturday March 29 Cafe Eleven St. Augustine, FL
Sunday March 30 Social Orlando, FL
Monday March 31 Common Grounds Gainesville, FL
Tuesday April 1 Village Tavern Mt. Pleasant, SC
Wednesday April 2 Local 506 Chapel Hill, NC
Thursday April 3 Satellite Ballroom Charlottesville, VA
Friday April 4 North Star Bar Philadelphia, PA
April 6th Sunday Bowery Ballroom New York, NY