-Tracy Marcellino/vocals, keys, noise
- Samuel Banuelos/guitar, synths
- Hanford Pittman/bass
- Brett Mielke/drums
Official Website: http://www.twilight-sleep.com
Download Music: http://twilightsleep.bandcamp.com
About Twilight Sleep.
Consistently reprimanded in school for not paying attention as a child, chronic daydreamer Tracy Marcellino found a way to channel her diversions into assets. She developed an early affinity for synthesizers, singing, and song writing. As a shy young latchkey kid in San Francisco, she preferred to wander around used record shops spending her allowance on records that caught her eye. Sometimes, she’d take some home just for the artwork on the cover. New Order was her favorite band. “I loved how when you listened to them you could feel sad and dance at the same time.”
Dubbed “gloomy noiseniks” by August Brown of the LA Times, Marcellino’s band, Twilight Sleep, embodies her love affair with sound experimentation crafted into well-written songs.“Interestingly enough, I ‘discovered’ guitar when I moved to LA 7 years ago. For a long time in San Francisco, house music and dj’s were dominating. Starting a band was near impossible. My diversion from that scenario was delving into Warp Records artists like Aphex Twin and the like… people breaking molds. My early songs were comprised of loops, samples, and occasional musical guests such as Tomas from XLR8R magazine recording drums in my bedroom with a duct taped mic. When I got to LA and saw more live bands, guitar was this amazing new experiment for me. I know it sounds backwards… usually people tire of their guitars and find electronics.”
Fast forward to present, the dream-rock quintet, fronted by Marcellino and illuminated by an elegantly moody cast of talented players, is gaining momentum having already shared the stage with Silversun Pickups and Happy Hollows; and having completed a succesful August Residency at the legendary Silver Lake Lounge and a recent run of shows at SXSW. Currently the group is also scoring and appearing in the latest feature film by indie horror darling, director Jay Lee. As well, Twilight Sleep were featured in a recent episode of the CW network’s Gossip Girl debuting their new song Architect.
With Sami Banuelos on guitar and synths, Brett Mielke on the drums, and Hanford Pittman on bass; Marcellino says she has finally found supportive like-minded cohorts for her pedal/sound obsessions and love of music. While Banuelos hypnotizes with swirling distorted guitar, Mielke and Pittman keep a deep syncopated pulse. Synth sounds bent by pedals, guitars that sound like synths, and voices that sound like strings are all part of their repertoire as they cite robots, the light sculptures of Olafur Eliasson, and airplane cockpits as sources of inspiration.
Live, Twilight Sleep is electric and enveloping. Alternating between fragile and potent with an underlying foreboding, Marcellino’s distinctive vocals are an anchor. Twilight Sleep will excite you and break your heart in just the way you want it to be broken, and yes… you will want to dance.
Edited by brettmielke on 5 Apr 2011, 00:33
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