Le VICE, Unicorn Domination
1695 Polk St
San Francisco, CA, 94109
This event is 21 and over
Mystical, ridiculous, deranged and sublime, the comical teases the sincere in this intergalactic adventure to the raucous epicenter of an ass-shaped planet. A close collaboration between brothers Dylan and Nathan Germick, this ambitious debut is their first attempt to fuse Dylan’s soulful theatrics and instinctual funkiness with Nathan’s epic and introspective productions. Several years in the making, the shrapnel of obliterated genres orbit around this mutant hybrid like space junk in an alien universe that defies logic, but somehow still makes sense.
Le VICE is an Urban Indie Electro Hip-Pop band (you've never heard of one of that genre..we know) whose determination is to bring a little fun and personality to their live shows and recordings. Their LARGE sound includes throwback 80s synthesizers, Rick James bass lines, angular guitar licks, and 808 drums. This is topped off with front woman Alex Lee's hip hop swagger and soulful singing. The result is part throw back and part futuristic. LV's sound refuses to fit into any 1 genre, but instead seems to borrow from all genres, leaving them with a sound that literally has something for everyone who listens.
Le VICE's band members come from a variety of backgrounds and musical tastes. Alex Lee (vocals) and Sean Stillinger (bass/keys) spend a fair amount of their time riding bikes and hustling in San Francisco's music scene (both actively write and produce Indie Rock, Hip Hop, and R&B at local Studio SQ). Renzo Staiano (guitar) is about as precise and diverse a guitar player as they come. He's studied everything from Funk and Jazz to Metal - and has been known to play with some Peruvian guitar masters from time to time. Darrin Thomas (drums) brings the soul to the group. He's a heavy handed drummer who started playing gospel for his local church as a kid. Later he became a successful touring soul and jazz drummer.
With many crossover groups the "live band" can be something of an afterthought. But what truly makes Le VICE great is that the band is THE CORE. In the end their individual musical talents, experiences, influences and willingness to experiment together all contribute to the unique Le VICE sound that explodes out of their music. The sum of this group is truly greater than its parts.
Thriving in the rich performance art culture of Portland, OR, is Chelsea Dixon and Clint Havard’s music project Unicorn Domination. The duo weaves a soundscape of fat electronic beats spliced with melodic hooks. They demonstrate an expressive live performance, exuding a superhero persona with a popping delivery. Inspiration lies in the symbol of the Unicorn, a playful and fierce beast of the magical world.
Their self titled 2010 EP, recorded with Duncan Calver from Honey's Dead & Dunes of Bandon, invokes the dark edge of triphop and electroclash with a smooth spread of ambient synths. They are currently recording their first album where their sound has departed from dreamlike shoegaze to have more of an upbeat, dancy feel. Influenced by artists such as Goldfrapp, Lady Gaga and Outkast, Unicorn Domination utilizes the synthasizer, live drums and vocals to create unique electro/synth-pop music.
Both members collaborate to compose their original tracks. A Portland native, Chelsea Unicorn/Chelsea Dixon spent most of her early life in the visual arts, obsessively devouring music. She is a proific painter and song writer and releasing a self titled acoustic e.p. 2007. In 2009 she released an e.p. called “Autonomous Device” in the music project “Stereotech”. She has worked as a studio artist recording vocals for bands such as Hockey, on the track “Learn to Loose”, as well as recording vocals for San Diego based artist Jamuel Saxon, and LA based artist Benu. Her voice is resonent of bells, gliding through phases of soft and ethereal swells into sharp prescision.
Hailing from Mobile, Alabama, ClickAttack/Clint Havard’s musical style and on stage thunder deeply reflect the attitude and pulse of the dirty dirty. His animated character is like a breakfast of caffeine and pop-rocks. Clint uses southern hip hop, rock, marching band, and orchestral influences to carefully weild floor shaking beats.
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