THUS LOVE is a band—but also so much more. The Brattleboro, Vermont trio stand together, a bond cemented by their experience as outsiders looking in. For THUS LOVE, DIY is an ethos that reflects not only their musical vision but their very existence as three self-identifying trans artists. From the band’s inception, Echo Mars (she/her), Lu Racine (he/him) and Nathaniel van Osdol (they/them) have lived together under the same roof, designed and produced their own merch, and even created their own recording studio from scratch. “I realize that most artists don’t live this way,” says Mars. “But for us, it was never really a choice. The art we make is so tied to who we are and the community we’re a part of, that this is the only way we can possibly do it.”
THUS LOVE traces its beginnings to Mars’ and Racine’s serendipitous meeting at a local print shop in 2018, when the multi-instrumentalists agreed to collaborate on a new musical project. THUS LOVE’s lineup clicked into place when Mars and Racine were finally able to convince their roommate van Osdol to join on bass in 2019. The band was just starting to regularly headline renowned local venue The Stone Church when everything came to a sudden and screeching halt. “The pandemic hit everyone hard, but I think it was especially difficult for new artists like us that rely on live shows to spread the word,” says Racine. “At that point, we had a couple of demos and we weren’t sure what the future would hold.” Rather than idly wait, the band decided to take their future in their own hands. Armed with nothing but YouTube videos and her innate curiosity, Mars constructed a makeshift studio in their rented apartment above downtown Brattleboro, recording during odd hours when their next-door neighbors were out and about.
There’s a limitlessness to New York’s riotous raconteurs FLOSSING — singer/bassist Heather Elle & drummer James Maclay — who create “genre/gender-fuck music” that has erupted from a period of compression. Like an elastic band stretched and catapulted into the air, their sound exists within that instant space of release; grabbing the fluctuating and freeing state of being thrust into the visceral undercurrent of the human psyche. They are bold and unapologetic with their lyrics and performance, showcasing provocative ideas of sex, violence, and identity in a society hell-bent on capitalism and hedonic burn out. With the goal of expanding their sound, in fall 2022 they took a trip to Hull, England to capture field recordings and write seedlings for their debut full-length record with Stewart Baxter of (LIFE, Bombed Buildings) further pushing their direction into musique concréte, EBM, and industrial territory. Their EP’s ‘Queen of the Mall’ and ‘World of Mirth’ are out now via Brace Yourself Records, both self-produced and both mixed by Adam Sachs (Swans, Amen Dunes).
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