Ego Likeness

Ego Likeness

Technophobia, Nahja Mora, Stars and The Sea, Fun Never Starts, DJ Sex Charges & DJ Candy Corn

Fri, April 7, 2017

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$12 ADV $15 DOS

This event is 18 and over

Ego Likeness
Ego Likeness
Ego Likeness was created in 1999 by artist Steven Archer, a DC native, and writer Donna Lynch in Baltimore, Maryland. Taking their name from Frank Herbert's classic science fiction novel 'Dune', the band began as an experimental/ dark trip hop project. A demo called 'Songs From a Dead City', recorded on a four track, was released in 1999.

By 2000, Archer and Lynch were moving the project in a darker electronic/ dance direction, resulting in a self-released full-length album entitled 'Dragonfly'.

Ego Likeness signed with Dancing Ferret Discs for the release of 2004's 'Water to the Dead'. This album featured the band's electronic roots while exploring a heavier rock sound.

2005 saw the band tour Germany, Luxembourg, and the continental US with label mates The Cruxshadows, and their first album 'Dragonfly' was re-released on Dancing Ferret Discs.

In 2006, EL toured Germany once again with The Cruxshadows, performed at Dragon*Con in Atlanta GA, and released their third full-length CD 'The Order of the Reptile' (DFD), as well as their first video for the track 'Aviary' (directed by Lynch, Archer, and late Baltimore photographer Lauren E. Simonutti).

The winter of 2006-2007 saw another US tour with The Cruxshadows and Ayria.

In late autumn of 2007, EL was back in Germany, as well as Poland, and the UK with Alfa-Matrix act Ayria (Canada) and Australia's Angelspit (DFD). The band also released the first of four limited edition EP's entitled 'South'.

In early 2008, they headlined a warm-up tour of the US and performed at Black Sun IV before setting off with Voltaire in the spring for his month-long Maiden Voyage Tour. EL performed once again at Dragon*Con 2008 in Atlanta GA.

In 2009, the single 'The Lowest Place on Earth' was released, as well as the 'West' EP.

Their fourth full-length album, 'Breedless', was released on Metropolis Records in 2010, as well as the 'North' EP.

The band continued touring throughout the US in 2010 and 2011, performing a third time at Dragon*Con 2010.

2012 saw the release of the final compass EP, 'East', and a second re-release of the now-out-of-print album 'Dragonfly'. A new single and video (directed by Kyle Cassidy, Lynch, and Archer), 'Treacherous Thing', will be released in the fall.
The fifth full-length, 'Know Thine Enemy' is scheduled for release in early 2013.

In addition to touring extensively with The Cruxshadows, Voltaire, Ayria, Angelspit, The Ludovico Technique, EL has had the honor of sharing the stage with The Damned, Peter Murphy, Chris Connelly, Collide, Razed in Black, Bella Morte, Das Ich, Rasputina, Iris, Decoded Feedback, The Azoic, More Machine Than Man, In Strict Confidence, Combichrist, Stromkern, New Model Army, And One, Seabound, Attrition, Assemblage 23, Nitzer Ebb, Aesthetic Perfection, Terrorfakt, The Gothsicles, and many others.

EL has performed at festivals throughout the US and in Europe, including Dragon*Con (Atlanta GA), Convergence 11 (San Diego CA), Dracula's Ball (Philadelphia PA), Ring Con (Fulda, Germany), Balticon (Baltimore MD), Black Sun Festival I (New Haven CT), Freaks United (DC), Eccentrik Festival (Raleigh NC), Reverence (Madison WI), Wicked Faire (Somerset NJ), WTII Mini-Fest (Chicago IL), several Electronic Saviors Benefit shows, and others.

They have appeared on numerous compilation CDs, including Electronic Saviors 1 and 2, several Asleep by Dawn and Hot Topic releases, and 'Where's Neil When You Need Him?' (a tribute to the work of author Neil Gaiman, DFD 2006); released remixes for The Cruxshadows (Cassandra-Fortress in Flames), The Last Dance (Terribly When- Reflections of Rage), Thou Shalt Not (Inside of You, In Spite of You- The Projectionist), Black Tape for a Blue Girl (Tarnished- Scarecrow), Information Society (This Way Tonight- Synthesizer), Angelspit (Vena Cava- Krankhaus, Girl Poison- Black Kingdom Red Kingdom , Ditch the Rest- Carbon Beauty), and many more, and have been remixed by acts such as Komor Kommando, Bella Morte, Angelspit, Terrorfakt, and many others.

Archer and Lynch appear on Voltaire's album 'Then and Again', and Lynch has lent her vocals to tracks on The Dark Clan's 'Dance Magic Dance', Angelspit's 'Hideous and Perfect', and Aiboforcen's 'Dedale'.

EL has been featured in publications such as Gothic Beauty, Outburn, ABD, Sideline, Pollstar, Sonic Seducer, and COMA to name a few.

The band works extensively with renowned Philadelphia photographer Kyle Cassidy, one of his photographs of Archer and Lynch appearing as "Photo of the Day" on Wikipedia's main page in 2012.
Technophobia
Hailing from Washington, DC, Technophobia has emerged with a sound that reaches back to the early days of EBM and darkwave, yet continually pushes forward. Using hardware and analog synthesizers, Katie and Stephen use a classic approach of layering, sound manipulation, effect processing, and heavy sampling to create their unique sound. Their keystone and defining quality are Katie’s vocals. While being melodic, powerful, and poetic they take a pop centric approach to their song writing setting them apart from most in their genre.

Technophobia is a powerful live act. Mixing their strong sound with visuals and lighting they create an atmosphere that matches the intensity of their performance. Technophobia has had the good fortune of play with some of the most seminal bands in their genre: Skinny Puppy, Laibach, Cold Cave, Youth Code, and Douglas McCarthy.

Technophobia’s full length LP Flicker Out and 12” single Negative Space were released in the summer of 2016 on Working Order Records.
Nahja Mora
Nahja Mora
Nahja Mora is a dense, anxious, electronic disaster. They create soundtracks for splintered consciousnesses. Based in Baltimore, MD, Nahja Mora frequently explores topics such as alienation, exploitation, cold war cultural distortion, and self-destruction.

Nahja Mora is a capable live act bringing live percussion, bass, keyboards, and aggressive theatrics including masks, special effects and video projection.

Nahja Mora has performed live aside Author & Punisher; Muscle & Marrow; Worms of The Earth; Precision Field; Fun Never Starts; Jihad of Ras Dva fame; & THE COCKS (RevCo).

2016 saw the limited release of Nahja Mora's debut EP 'actualiser.' Described by Regen Mag as "a delightful cacophony that is so close to melodic that it brings to mind the noisier moments of Skinny Puppy’s Last Rites.
Stars and The Sea
Stars and The Sea
"Local three-piece STARS AND THE SEA is shadowy without getting lost in mope-dom. Vocalist Shane Gardner has the kind of baritone that would be just as at home in a tragic country band that listens to lots of Cash as it would in a group of Morrissey-influenced melancholy addicts. With the chugging indie churn of his bandmates on songs like 'Beautiful Odd Girl' or 'Bar Tripper,' you can hear a bit of the sardonic indie-darlings the National at play, but then a song like 'Come to Me' shows more traditional post-punk influences still working their way out." - Baynard Woods, City Paper
Fun Never Starts
Fun Never Starts is a melodic, 80s style electronic group with a heavy Wax Trax era funk/electro-industrial flair. Fronted by Jenny Mettee and an evolving cast of characters, Fun Never Starts makes danceable commentary on the absurdity of pop culture and the ridiculousness of every day life. Live performances are intense, with on stage/off stage performances, dancers, and live edited projections. Recently, Fun Never Starts has shared the stage with My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult, My Enemy Complete, and Daniel Ouellette & The Shobijn. The new EP "Tilting at Windmills" will be out mid-Spring.
Venue Information:
Metro Gallery
1700 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD, 21201
http://themetrogallery.net/