Violens (pronounced "vy-lenz") are a New York-via-Miami four-piece formed in the fall of 2007, featuring 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 band made their debut at Bowery Ballroom with MGMT/Yeasayer in early 2008. Violens have since toured and performed in the US with Grizzly Bear, Deerhunter, Handsome Furs, Clinic, Grand Archives, Chairlift, Telepathe, and Jay Reatard among others, in addition to selling out NY's Mercury Lounge as headliners. They also recently completed a Winter tour of the UK as main support to MGMT.
"In 1966, this alternately ominous and sparkly nugget would've been the No. 50 British single of the year, after the Creation's "Making Time." It's that good."
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"Violens...may be less than a year old, but they are already the best discovery of this collection. Their stoned, sweet "Trance Like Turn" features sunny, vintage harmonies that peek through the gray clouds of their steely, post-punk beats and synthesized aggression."