Vancouver electronic band Myths just rocked the house with Grimes at Neumos last week. The two-piece band also acted as her backing band during her stellar set. But opening the night, Quinne Rodgers and Lief Hall assaulted the audience visually and aurally with a dynamic and visceral set of noise and color. Myths’ music draws on a lot of influences. Some similarities can be drawn to the noisy, dark synth pop of Grimes, but the two also utilize the primal screams and heavy house beats of goth dance band Crystal Castles. Finally, the dynamic between these extremes is almost Bjork-esque in delivery. But Myths does it all with a finesse and freshness unique to them. Hall scampers around with a hip hop swag while Rodgers counters her seemingly timid demeanor with a ghostly singing voice and a tomahawk battle cry.
But enough about their totally kickass live show. Just a few weeks ago dropped a new EP for “Deadlights”, a single from their debut record. “Deadlights” is a live highlight for the band. It gives these fine ladies a chance to build incredible energy and work off each other like two veteran emcees. The bloodthirsty screams of both Rogers and Hall are relentless throughout, and the marching synth build is a total jam. It’s a song whose energy levels have scared off any plausible competition (perhaps with the exception of other unbeatable Myths track “Prism Portraits”).
The single is backed by an alternate “floating” version done by the band. It gives a very different interpretation of the emotions felt throughout “Deadlights”. Also present is a very cool remix of Myths track “The Horizon”, done by Grimes and Magical Cloudz, which you can check out below. Finally, the EP wraps up with a live alternate version of the “The Horizon”, dubbed the “Golden Dawn” version. Unlike the noisy, intense album version, Golden Dawn is haunting and discombobulating, and its weird beauty is totally entrancing.
The Deadlights EP is out now on One Big Silence. You can grab it digitally in the US on iTunes. The EP will be available on vinyl soon through One Big Silence. Check out the rest of Myths’ excellent debut at their Bandcamp.