Male/Female duo Emperors of Rome have something of the night about them. Their classic sounding songs summon the spirits of the Velvets Sunday Morning and Pale Blue Eyes and the Mary Chain at their Spectre obsessed peak, while Leonard Cohen and Antonio Badalamenti’s Twin Peaks soundtrack hide in the background.
They have just finished recording their debut album 'Lonely Girl' - Click the 'home' link below for more info on upcoming shows and releases!
'...a band that mines the deep-fried soul of delta blues and dusty, arid punk-rock.... once the threatening susurration in Sona Fariq, has developed and matured into a deep, salty growl that gains traction in the romance of his new blues-punk melodrama' (Imran Khan - Pop Matters)
Machine were composer-producers Dom Bouffard and Julio Alvarez. After holing up in Fortress Studios, Shoreditch, for a couple of years, they released one EP of dark, electronic rock, described as "Killing Joke beating on Blondie" through Groenland Records in 2007. Guest performers included Dan and Tom Glendining (ex-Headswim/Black Car) on guitar and drums, and ex-Little Hell singer, Lucie Johnston. Additional production by Alex Silva.
Sona Fariq formed in East London in 1994. Influenced by The Stooges, Bad Brains, Sly and Robbie, Funkadelic, Sonic Youth, Sly and the Family Stone, Dr John, Public Enemy, Asian and North African folk music, old-school hip-hop, sheer unbridled spirit, and more…they released one album: "Sona Fariq", produced and mixed by Chris Sheldon and mastered by Howie Weinberg. It was released on Warners in 2000 to mass critical acclaim. The band were nominated the same year as "BEST NEW BRITISH BAND" at the KERRANG! Awards. Rigorous touring throughout the UK and the European continent, further consolidated Sona's second-to-none live reputation, and quickly gave rise to a growing cult following. They split in 2003 while recording the self-financed follow up album with Alex Silva.
'Sleep Like Wolves'
Improvised collaboration, recorded in one take on 4 track with former Daisy Chainsaw / Queen Adreena front-woman, Katie-Jane Garside. Featured on her self-released 'Lullabies In A Glass Wilderness' album (2007)