(Image’s original photo taken by Kevin Monko.)
++++Since forming in 2005, NORMAL LOVE has stood firmly in the zone between feral intensity and strategic rigor; bypassing existing standards and inhabiting a strobing black-lit world where apocalyptic decadence meets the iron fist of Draconian law. Members are currently based in Brooklyn, NY.
Taking cues from a number of influences, NL drew from the vast well of pioneering artists transcending the confines of no wave, industrial, contemporary composition, extreme metal, noise, outsider pop, oddball punk, musique concrète, and free improvisation. At times, Normal Love has even invoked the creative talents of a select few of their unsung contemporaries, challenging them to write compositions of immense depth and complexity for the band.
Since their debut self-titled full-length album, the group’s heightened internal focus has both sharpened and unified their approach– distilling their efforts into a potently severe and aesthetically viscous gestalt (in regard to both sound as well as presentation). Their most recent full-length CD/LP, Survival Tricks, is out now on Public Eyesore/ugEXPLODE. Subsequent US/Canadian tour dates will take place August, 2012.++++
NORMAL LOVE is:
Rachael Bell – voice/keyboard
Jessica Pavone – amplified violin
Amnon Freidlin – guitar/electronics
Evan Lipson – bass
Max Jaffe – drums
Discography (see releases page):
-s/t LP (High Two Recordings), November, 2007.
-Peel 7” (High Two Recordings), August, 2009.
-Whore Paint/Normal Love split tour cassette (Linear B Tapes), September, 2010.
-Survival Tricks (Public Eyesore/ugEXPLODE), May, 2012.
Members have played in many bands: Satanized, The Anthony Braxton Sextet and Twelvetet, Mary Halvorson & Jessica Pavone, Zs, Weasel Walter Trio, Intensus, Dynamite Club, Personal Heat, and much more.
NORMAL LOVE has performed alongside:
The Sun Ra Arkestra, Matmos, Daughters, Behold… The Arctopus, Mick Barr, Ruins, Maps & Atlases, Sightings, Tim Berne, Nautical Almanac, Zs, Genghis Tron, Chinese Stars, Fat Worm of Error, People, Aa (BIG A little a), Dysrhythmia, James Plotkin, Psyopus, and countless others.
Merissa Martignoni – vocals/sampler
Alex Nagle – guitar
Carlos Santiago – violin
Eli Litwin – drums