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Beneath the smoke and mirrors of Provoker's aching melodies is a spirit seeking clarity. On theirforthcoming record Demon Compass on Swedish label YEAR0001, the California post-punk outfit turns inward for answers. Written while waiting for the release ofthe band's esoteric yet pop-oriented debut Body Jumper, Provoker found themselves shiftingtheir focus from projecting familiar, shadowy figures to embodying them -- if only as a means ofaccessing the dregs of their internal world and confronting the demons that lurk even deeper.

When they first emerged, Provoker's narrative was parallel to their infernal, no wave sound. Theband's core songwriters, lyricist Christian Crow Petty and instrumentalist Jonathon Lopez, metat a screening of the 2016 black comedy film The Greasy Strangler. However, it was far fromcoincidence; while living in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, between tattoo scenes andfriend groups, Petty's older brother, Alex, matched the two after hearing that Lopez was lookingfor a skilled vocalist. Fittingly, the older Petty designed the Demon Compass album artwork: ahand that presents the titular compass, encrusted with winged figures who join together at itsnorthern point. Much like the record's sound, the image juxtaposes luminosity againstoverwhelming gloom. What's visible is churning with unease.
Beneath the smoke and mirrors of Provoker's aching melodies is a spirit seeking clarity. On theirforthcoming record Demon Compass on Swedish label YEAR0001, the California post-punk outfit turns inward for answers. Written while waiting for the release ofthe band's esoteric yet pop-oriented debut Body Jumper, Provoker found themselves shiftingtheir focus from projecting familiar, shadowy figures to embodying them -- if only as a means ofaccessing the dregs of their internal world and confronting the demons that lurk even deeper.

When they first emerged, Provoker's narrative was parallel to their infernal, no wave sound. Theband's core songwriters, lyricist Christian Crow Petty and instrumentalist Jonathon Lopez, metat a screening of the 2016 black comedy film The Greasy Strangler. However, it was far fromcoincidence; while living in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, between tattoo scenes andfriend groups, Petty's older brother, Alex, matched the two after hearing that Lopez was lookingfor a skilled vocalist. Fittingly, the older Petty designed the Demon Compass album artwork: ahand that presents the titular compass, encrusted with winged figures who join together at itsnorthern point. Much like the record's sound, the image juxtaposes luminosity againstoverwhelming gloom. What's visible is churning with unease.
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