Violens Announce CMJ Shows & More Tour Dates with MGMT in UK & NYC!

Premiere Video For “Doomed
Already Over” Playing On UK Radio (BBC1, 6Music, XFM)

Click Here For “Doomed” Video

…Bonus track from the forthcoming expanded UK release of Violens’ debut EP. (Directed by Mateo Ramirez and Produced by Cantora Creative)

Pitchfork Media : “Violens, a new project featuring Lansing-Dreiden members, 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.”
NME: “Aztec Camera and Tears For Fears are major sources of inspiration for this quartet, but during tracks such as “Full Collision” they switch from fey jingle-jangles into wild, MBV-esque noise freak-outs in the blink of an eye.  Luckily, each side of the group is as entrancing as the other.”

Guardian UK: “A great New York band that pen beautiful songs about nightmares, time, spiritual messages and accounts of drug-induced hallucinations.  They only formed last winter, but already they’re responsible for some highly accomplished and beautifully realised music… if they can produce a whole album as good as Doomed, Trance Like Turn and Already Over, it’s MGMT who will be following in Violens’ slipstream.”

Time-Out NY : “Most bands will never write a song so flawless as Violens’ “Violent Sensation Descends.” … Your ears are broken if you don’t play it several times over before you can do anything else…Violens clearly draws from the mid-’80s U.K. indie scene (Aztec Camera, the Pale Fountains, Prefab Sprout) but doesn’t sound derivative of anyone; the group’s evocation of that era’s internationalist style and wit comes wrapped in a cool emotionalism that also characterizes Violens’ onstage vibe. The only issue with their shows is that we can’t get them to play a song more than once.”

Following a busy summer tour schedule including dates with Grizzly Bear, MGMT, Grand Archives, Chairlift and others,
Violens return to the road this fall with their international debut and performances at this year’s CMJ Music Marathon!

Violens @ CMJ
Tuesday Oct 21, NME party @ The Annex
10pm- Violens
w/Chairlift, Amazing Baby, Apache Beat

Friday October 24 @ Bowery Ballroom
10pm- Violens
w/Jay Reatard, White Lies, Japanese Motors

Saturday October 25 @ LOVE
Cantora Records Party
(Set Time Approx. 11pm)

Violens November tour as main support for MGMT in the UK and Ireland has been expanded with a 2nd Sold Out show at Dublin’s Ambassador Theatre, and headlining shows of their own in London.  NYC residents get to bid the band and their tour-mates “Bon Voyage” as they kick-off the dates with a very special Halloween party featuring the city’s best up-and-coming acts:

31st October  Music Hall of Williamsburg w/MGMT, Boy Crisis, Amazing Baby, Francis & The Lights
3rd November Ambassador, Dublin w/MGMT
4th November Ambassador, Dublin w/MGMT
5th November  Academy, Leeds w/MGMT
6th November Rock City, Nottingham w/MGMT
7th November   Academy, Bristol w/MGMT
9th November  Barrowlands, Glasgow w/MGMT
10th November  Academy, Birmingham w/MGMT
11th November  Academy, Manchester w/MGMT
13th November Macbeth, London
14th November  Barfly, London w/Boy Crisis

Violens (pronounced “vy-lenz”) are a New York-via-Miami four-piece 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”.

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