City Lights Presents
Playing Dead, Dead Words, The Panther Moderns, Volt Direction
1120 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11222
This event is 21 and over
Sam Hoyos-guitar/lead vox
Tom DiLeo-lead guitar/vox
Steve DeJoseph- drums
Started in 2004, the current line-up for Playing Dead has been together since summer 2009. Mixing indie styles ranging from the Get-Up Kids, to Samiam and Alkaline Trio, playing dead hit the studio in 2010 to record "In Your Head," and released "Home...Wherever That May Be" in August 2012.
We may not always like where we are but we are there for a reason.
Break the Cycle, Destroy Apathy, Motivate Change.
"Im never down. Im either up or getting up."
Follow us on Twitter: @deadwordstx
Volt Direction is utterly electric. And it's not just because of the innate chemistry between founding members John Herguth and Alicia Testa. Shoegaze and synth-pop influences make for an undeniably compelling sound, featuring ethereal vocals, atmospheric constructs, and dance beats with an inescapable gravity all their own. Once you enter the sonic world of Volt Direction, you won't be able to leave—simply because you will not want to.
John Herguth brings a wealth of experience as both a writing and performing musician from his time with acts like Atlantic/Pacific, House & Parish, Neil Halstead, and Walter Schreifels (Quicksand, Gorilla Biscuits) solo band. In Volt Direction, he finally has a place to demonstrate just how adept his hand is at sequencing, synths, and percussion. His translucent vocals, gently buried in the soundscape, are a gorgeous, visceral detail.
Hailing from acts like Microfossils, Wands, and Out Like Lambs, herself a veteran of the electro-dance scene, complementing member Alicia Testa is the essential other half of the duo. Injecting her own developed sensibility of keys, vocals, and percussion, her other-worldly aesthetic winds in and out of the immense landscapes created by Herguth, adding light and dimension.
Don't be fooled by the immense patterns of pulsing rhythms and celestial sound—there are no computers creating these dimensions. All sounds are the product of the painstaking directing of actual hardware instruments; no computers are involved in the making or performance of these songs. Surrounded by a spontaneously erected jungle of carefully selected instrumentation, Volt Direction's live performances captivate audiences who often find they are dancing before they consciously realize that they've gladly given into the sound. Rooms erupt feverishly, where before there was only a sea of mild skepticism.
Volt Direction has spent the summer of 2015 sharpening their knives. Playing with touring acts that have landed in their hometown of Asbury Park, NJ, as well as by invitation at parties for the dream-wave and electro-dance scene, they're also currently writing for debut LP. With plans to tour this spring behind the new release, the band is slated to only gain momentum from this point forward. Get plugged into Volt Direction.
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