Provision (Houston, TX)
Provision is an electronic music group based in Houston, Texas. Founded in November of 2000, Provision’s music was initially self-described as “Electronic Dance Music with an Edge”.
In September of 2012 with the coming of their 5th Full Length L.P. lead singer Breye 7x coined the term “Darkpop” to describe Provision’s unique style of cultured Synthpop, Industrial Dance and Darkwave ambiance.
Provision is widely known for their live shows in which you will hear classic Provision hits, along with brand new Provision tracks. Their shows combine live synthesizers and electronic percussion, non-stop energy, an incredible intelligent lighting show, and powerful vocals by all 3 band members; with lyrics that tug at the heart.
If you love electronic dance music, Provision is a band you just have to see live!!Over the last 12 years they’ve crafted what can only be called “The Provision Sound”. Truly a unique formula of their own.
Provision has released 4 albums and 4 e.p.’s, appeared on numerous compilations; and produced numerous remixes for other electronic artists.
Provision toured the U.S. for their albums Evaporate and Visualize, and established themselves as a popular support act in the U.S. electronic music scene having shared the stage with Red Flag, Anything Box, The Human League, When In Rome, Cause & Effect, Imperative Reaction, Icon of Coil, System Syn, Assemblage 23, Cesium_137, The Hunger, Christopher Anton (Information Society), The Cruxshadows, Clan of Xymox, T-4-2, and CTRL among others…
Provision has performed live at numerous music festivals including Synthcon 2002, ADD2K4, ADD2K5, ADD2K6, SiNthetik Sk13s II, III & IV, Electro-Nexus, Summer Synthpop Festival 2003, Synthfest 2004, Texas Industrial Fest 2010, TERRORBYTE 2011, and as a vendor for A Different Drum at Convergence 10.
In November of 2010 Provision released their 4th album “Paradigm Shift”.
Veteran members Breye 7x and Jen Kiser were joined in 2009 by Matt Willis of Splendor Projekt, and the result is a full on Industrial Dance assault.
Touching on subjects of seduction, control, longing, hope, misery, sloth, apathy, and reflection, Provision’s newest album moves into dark territory with a new sonic palette; while still remaining true to the Provision style of aggressive synthpop built for the dance floor. Paradigm Shift includes an 8 page booklet featuring lyrics, color photos, and production notes for 10 new tracks featuring vocals by all 3 band members.
Provision is recommended for fans of: Camouflage, Moev, Red Flag, Cetu Javu, Depeche Mode, Seabound, Celebrate The Nun, Front 242, Ashbury Heights, Code 64, Nitzer Ebb, Xymox, Portion Control, Imperative Reaction, Anything Box, Cause & Effect, System Syn, Nine Inch Nails, When in Rome, Information Society, and The Human League
Morgue City (Houston, TX)
Morgue City is a band that has gone through many many changes in sound and personnel. Like any successful project in the entertainment world it must be made up of resilient and determined people. This is the case with Morgue City. The band that has a rock attack intensity as well as a more sinister edge as it delves into the darker realms of noiz and it’s concurrent drones. Some of the Morgue City sound is very pop rock oriented but there is always a deviant grind of sound laced in the song work. The band consists of two musicians with a very long history in the music business. Founder, SPIKE the Percussionist, is known from a long list of projects that include Astrogenic Hallucinauting, Childman, Doggebi, Delicate Terror and as the music director for the world renowned flesh suspension group Constructs of Ritual Evolution – CoRE. The lead guitar and vocals are handled by Raul who is a multi instrumentalist and has a long history of studio work and touring. Raul hails from such bands as M-87 and was the former bass player for Bozo Porno Circus. The result is a musical conglomeration both hauntingly familiar and refreshingly new as well as powerful and beautifully dark. Combine the likes of everything from classical to jazz and gloom to power noiz with catchy lyrics, sophisticated beats, and musically diverse melodies and the result is Morgue City.
Vertigo Blue (Houston, TX)
Vertigo Blue (Vertigo Blue TM) – Michael Naus Jr. is an American synthesizer and vocal based solo artist who’s compositions are focused in the Electro Pop and Electronica music genre. With around 300 live performances throughout the United States including opening for Nitzer Ebb, Peter Murphy (of Bauhaus), The Georgia Satellites, John Lefler of Dashboard Confessional, Technical Itch, Dayhota, The Azoic. Vertigo Blue was scheduled to open for A Flock Of Seagulls who had a change of date landing Vertigo Blue to open for Bad Manners. Vertigo Blue began in 1996 as a trio (Mike Naus, Colin Travis and Stacey Quebodeaux) who’s song, “Christmas Day” landed on a Control-Alt-Delete (CAD) Compilation album. CAD was a network of numerous popular synth pop acts including Information Society, Anything Box, Channel 69 and many others. Later, Mike had taken Vertigo Blue to it’s solo role and released an EP “To The Future” in 1998 under the Ultra Trec Records Label. Over the next few years Vertigo Blue continued on with live shows and his songs were featured on seven Electronica compilation albums as well as placed in corporate and radio presentations.
In 2005 Vertigo Blue released his first album, “Area 51″ under his label, Ozmotic Records. Area 51 obtained worldwide club rotation and radio airplay. Mike gives a special thanks to all those in The Recording Academy who had submitted the song “Area 51″ on the Entry List for Nominations for the 50th Annual Grammy Awards. In 2006 three songs from the Area 51 album were featured in Jeff Faulkinbury’s “READ ON” film. That same year another song from the album titled, “TUNDRA” was listed on the top ten local songs of ten years on Houston’s radio station 90.1FM KPFT SoundAwake program.
In 2009 the album Area 51 received Best Electronica album along with four other Revolutions Music Awards. Throughout the early years, Vertigo Blue has been active in assisting by performing in charitable events spanning from working with the 2004 Indonesia Tsunami Relief, Children’s Cancer Care benefits, Wounded Warriors, Hurricane Ike Fundraiser and others. In late 2008 Mike took a break after losing his own home and studio from the destruction by Hurricane Ike followed by an accident in 2009. Later that year Vertigo Blue continued on with live performances and working on a second album.
2011 brings the release of the second album by Vertigo Blue titled, “Evolution”. March 2011 album review byThe Houston Press: “Evolution is phenominal work!” The Area 51 and Evolution albums by Vertigo Blue TM are available at most online music retailers in both CD and mp3 format. In May 2011 Vertigo Blue was featured in the cover story of “After Hours” magazine and other reviews of Vertigo Blue were featured in Outburn Magazine, Express Lane Magazine and others which can be found on the internet. Originally from the Chicago, Illinois area, Mike had moved to the Houston-Galveston, Texas area in 1994 where he is currently based. Among those who influenced the sound of Vertigo Blue are Duran Duran, Depeche Mode, Nitzer Ebb, Information Society, The Human League, The Fixx, The Cars, The Beatles, ELO, The Crystal Method, Air and the list goes on. Vertigo Blue TM is currently an independent Recording Artist.