Taking their name from the parental warning at the beginning of a science fiction film, Adventure Violence exists where rock and folk music mingle with art school sensibilities and obsessive pop hooks. The band pulls from the lineage of The Velvet Underground and touches base with Joy Division and My Bloody Valentine. More contemporary influences include home-recording deconstructionists like Ariel Pink and the soundscapes of Mount Eerie. Aside from these reference points, there is a dedication to the craft of songwriting. The duo focuses on tight structures to engage listeners while building a world of sound aimed at those willing to dig in for repeated spins.
Principle songwriter, John Winston Connell, has been recording on his own since the mid aughts. He made a splash in the lo-fi MySpace boom, mashing up his original songs with footage of Chubby Checker dancing the twist and other found video projects. Connell writes primarily on guitar before bringing the songs to drummer/producer David Rogers-Berry who pushes the material in new directions. Navel gazing is replaced with raw energy. A fully formed band emerges, capable of articulating a country-western rave up, or a dirgey funeral march, out of what had been melodic bedroom pop. Their friends and the stable of Imaginator talent join the fray – James Murphy plays bass on half the record, and Rogers-Berry’s longtime collaborator, Bob Pycior from o’death, contributes lush string arrangements. Rogers-Berry also enlists the help of Dan Sager from Clawman (euphonium, synthesizers, and chimes), and a number of brass players from NYC’s legendary Hungry March Band to make the songs arrive fully realized.
The self-titled debut by Adventure Violence is one of our in-house projects at Imaginator Records. We encourage writers, retailers, and DJs to reach out to our contact, Keri Moskowitz at Imaginator@ImaginatorRecords.com, if you’d like us to send you a promo CD or cassette (while supplies last).