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Re: “Sophe Lux, Rachel Taylor Brown and Kaitlyn ni Donovan

Sophe Lux
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Rock Opera Terrorists
18 hours ago by jasper
The last time I saw Sophe Lux was at Holocene on 1/29. The lead singer performed an exorcism for America as part of the song from their new EP of the same name "Hungry Ghost." The band dresses in shiny early Roxy Music/ Velvet Underground-inspired costumes that makes me feel like I having an acid flash back to the days of Andy Warhol's factory. Then there is the band. Talented powerful song-writer and lead vocalist Gwynneth Haynes belts out potent operatic rock like a female Freddie Mercury. The sexy Briana performance and visual artist Ratterman is a classically trained pianist turned rock goddess. Like Eno's early Roxy music she wears many hats in the band managing synth, accordion and piano duties with effortless grace. Ken Yeates plays a flying V Gibson and packs in some bad ass e-bow parts and some beautifully cheesy 70's guitar riffs. Drummer Kent Sisson leays down some ass-giggling grooves keeping the band rocking with focus and drive. Jeff Grazer plays bass and wears outrageous costumes. AT one show he showed up dressed wearing a wedding cake on his back. Ask him where it came from and the dreamy eyed literary chap will tell you that it came to him 'in a dream'. "There must be something in the water out in Portland, Ore., that turns perfectly normal musicians and bands into fancy-dressed, concept-loving, rock-opera terrorists. That would explain why the smallish city that produced the Decemberists has now also birthed Sophe Lux. This Weimar-infused, accordion-loving experimental cabaret is led by the blond and beautiful Gwynneth Haynes, whose octave-jumping soprano could easily turn from indie rock to Brecht-Weill torch songs. A multitalented sextet slips unexpected elements like glockenspiel, sax and gong into the piano-heavy mix, embellishing their strange songs about a Marie Antoinette robot and the perils of consumerism.” - PHILADELPHIA WEEKLY

Posted by Panda on 02/26/2009 at 11:04 AM

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