WATCH: Violens Breaks Out In New York

Brooklyn trio Violens—Jorge Elbrecht, Myles Matheny and openly queer member Iddo Arad—recently played a launch party for their sophomore album, True, at New York‘s Le Poisson Rouge. Blending dream-pop and shoegazing sensibilities, the band create infectious, melody-driven songs that hook instantly and continue to grow on you over time.

Plus they offer fans tons of free goodies, like remixes and mixtapes, via their website.

Above, check out the video for True‘s first single, “Der Microarc.” Below, are a few more of clipa, including an awkward, brief interview for the fictitious cable-access show Gay Nation Access, an ’80’s synthpop-style take on their debut album’s “Full Collision, and a George Michael-esque “In The Trees” remix of their “Acid Reign.”

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  • rf

    Did they pay you to write about them or does one of your writers have a crush on one or all of them? The first song above isn’t bad, it sounds a lot like the 90s 4AD band Lush if anyone remembers them.

    But if “dream-pop and shoegazing sensibilities” with “melody-driven songs that hook instantly and continue to grow on you over time” is what you’re looking for, check out

    – definitely a 4AD band that 4AD hasn’t discovered yet.

  • Jason

    These boys have been my major music crush the last four years. Fusing sounds of the 1960’s and 1980’s with Wall of Sound production, Beach Boy harmonies and the flair and emotion of George Michael. The boys of Violens deserve to be much more famous than they are.

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