Who? Bronx-born twin brothers, Aku (vocals/keys) and Akwetey O.T. (keys/guitar), and two good friends Bizza (drums) and Autry (bass) at its core, Dragons of Zynth rock it indie-Canadian style — 15 people deep, at least on the band’s debut long-player, Coronation Thieves, due Oct. 2 via Gigantic Music. Huge players in the Brooklyn art-rock scene, TV on the Radio, make up a large chunk of that crew, with guitarist David Sitek spearheading the production.
What’s the Deal? Coronation Thieves draws harmony from chaos…literally. It’s a beast of rabid textures as keys are almost impossible to discern as walls and walls of distortion, horns and speed screeching guitar solos get thrown about as if TV on the Radio invaded a jam session with Arcade Fire and Broken Social Scene. “Who Rize Above” is a thrash-funk monster of an anthem that explodes with yelps and afro-intensive drums designed specifically to make one mosh, while “Funky Genius” takes spoken word into new atmospheres with layers of ivory stabs and jazzy drum fills. And then there’s the stand out “Anna Mae” that turns static, distortion and a little synth into a contender for psychedelic pop song of the year. “[The record] is in direct relation to our psyches at the time, because we weren’t in control of some things in our lives,” Akwetey tells SPIN.com. “You know, when you’re involved in a big project like this, sometimes your work gets out of control.”
Fun Fact: David Sitek came seconds from death during the production of the album, the victim of a chunk of beefsteak lodged in his throat on a lunch break. Singer Aku came to the rescue. “He was foaming at the mouth,” Akwetey says. “We could see the blood moving away from his brain. Aku shook him up, saved his life.”ï¿½
Now Hear This:Dragons of Zynth – “Breaker” DOWNLOAD MP3
On the Web:Dragons of Zynth at MySpace
Talk: Do these Dragons got the right scales to soar?
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