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lespecial: Born in the woods of Connecticut and raised in the wilds of Boston, lespecial has established themselves as innovators and tastemakers on their own unique trajectory. The aggressive death-funk dance trio explodes with energetic live sets, tapping into a primitive past distorted through the lens of contemporary technology. Their debut full length album “Omnisquid”, out November 20th 2015, captures the band (at their heaviest,) interweaving dark, heavy, polyrhythmic grooves with head bobbing electronic synths and samplers augmented with fierce, precise musicianship, creating an apocalyptic backdrop for the sci-fi storyline. Preceded by their Ceremony EP (2013) and Playonbrother Sessions (2011), Jonathan Grusauskas (guitar/synth/sampler/vocals), Luke Bemand (bass/synth) and Rory Dolan (drums/sampler) ignore convention, instead amalgamating the familiar styles of Afro-Latin rhythmic traditions, Hip Hop, Funk and Metal into a singular sound that dexterously transforms during their live sets and over the course of their studio albums. As Ben Weiss of Relix Magazine puts it, “Amidst the rest of the noise, lespecial is the squeaky wheel that demands attention.”
Bruteus is a progressive three piece instrumental rock band mixing groove-heavy, feel-good riffs with lyrical melodies. With elements of 70s metal, 90s alternative, prog, funk, jazz, and experimentation, Bruteus’ sound is dynamic, powerful, and memorable.
Bruteus’ Debut self titled Album, released september 2015, was recorded live to capture the energy as it was in the room with no overdubs and no post tracking. As such, Bruteus live is Bruteus in the studio.
Bruteus was the brainchild of bassist Sean Geist, who approached guitarist Yontz Sucre to propose a project based on common interests. Getting together to experiment and improvise, the sound and vibe was there, and it was powerful. After tapping Lars Hartmann on drums, that vibe intensified, the band was complete, and the direction was set. The band would be instrumental. The songs wouldn’t be constrained to any style, but would tap that live explosive energy that felt so good.