Brooklyn’s Light Asylum is a band whose sound, at any particular moment, can conjure an impenetrable array of brooding industrial rave, gothic-tinged electronica, 80′s-inspired dark wave and jubilant, shimmering synths. Luckily Shannon Funchess, the band’s ferocious frontwoman, covers a lot of ground, commanding an intimidating vocal presence that exerts deft control over the barreling tumult of sonic reference-points. Funchess’s powerful contralto register draws easy comparisons to Grace Jones (or maybe a kind of post-apocalyptic Tina Turner), but it’s in combination with bandmate Bruno Coviello’s visceral, militaristic drum beats where the pair’s sum quickly becomes greater than its parts.
Earlier this week the band dropped Light Asylum, their much-anticipated full length follow-up to 2011′s mesmerizing In Tension EP. The album is available for purchase via iTunes, Amazon, and directly from their record label, Mexican Summer. Below, stream “Shallow Tears, ” the first single from Light Asylum via the band’s SoundCloud, and check out the video for “Skull Fuct,” a seductively gritty anthem from last year’s EP.
In support of the new self-titled record, Light Asylum has also kicked off a tour that will be bringing them to DC’s very own sonic temple, U Street Music Hall, this Saturday May 5th. Do yourself a favor and buy tickets here.