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There are at least two artists that have used the name Larvae:

1) Larvae is the brainchild of Atlanta, Georgia resident Matthew Jeanes. The project began in 1998 as Jeanes’ attempt to break away from traditional songwriting and music-making with bands. As he left the world of lyrical songwriting and traditional performance behind, Larvae emerged as a mixed media project that incorporated Super 8 films, toy video cameras, music, and graphic design. Larvae quickly expanded to include Jeanes’ longtime friend and collaborator Bryan Meng, who focused on the film and video aspect of Larvae live shows.

After successful projects involving short films that the group shot themselves, Larvae honored their namesake by producing a musical performance homage to the Toho films of Godzilla. The result caught the attention of Berlin-based music label Ad Noiseam and Larvae’s first EP, Monster Music was released in 2003. The EP was followed closely by the full length album, Fashion Victim, and the addition of musician and sound designer Chris Burnett. With Fashion Victim, Larvae attacked consumerism through a set of songs and culture jamming videos that poked fun at product placement, globalization, and the fashion industry.

After tours of the United States and Europe in 2004 and 2005, Larvae returned to the studio to produce yet another film-related homage, this time in the form of a love letter to the Star Wars universe. The Empire EP spawned another set of videos in which the group paid tribute to the far-reaching cultural impact of the Star Wars films while also taking shots at the consumerist nature of the marketing machine behind the saga.

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