Zs, Dirty Projectors and Extra Life – few musicians can lay claim to being a part of one great band, but Charlie Looker can say that he’s been a part of three. Now, as Extra Life’s time has run out, Looker’s main focus turns to his once side project, Seaven Teares.
On March 19th, the group will release their debut album Power Ballads on Northern Spy Records. In terms of style, the project follows suit with Looker’s medieval styled vocals heard in Extra Life’s recordings, but takes it one step further, pushing the instrumentation and arrangements closer towards that oft forgotten time. But this isn’t a cop off of some music from a pre-nostalgic time – Seaven Teares takes the style and makes it their own by infusing elements of industrial, drone and dark ambient sounds. Hell, the band even pays homage to Alice In Chains on the record, and, if you could believe it, the cover sounds way darker than Layne Staley and co. could have ever performed the track.
This past weekend, Extra Life played their last concert ever at 285 Kent with ONEIROGEN, Sam Mickens and a duo set by Tyondai Braxton and Ben Vida. Prior to the show, Charlie sat down with Elliott Sharp at the Village Voice for one final interview to discuss the band’s short history.
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