By Kristie Sparksman
VANCOUVER — The feeling of capturing a mood is lost on some artists, but when it comes to electronic duo UltraVillain, it’s embedded in their core. They possess an innate ability to power through dark pop music, while maintaining a kindred bond to their feelings. Chris Henderson and Tobias Schuch have a vibe going on that is desirable. Both donning black ‘gothswag,’ and swaying on a pendulum of Sir Sly meets FuturePop, the two rely on each other heavily in a strong musical partnership. “We’ve always felt a creative electricity between us that’s allowed us to make music in any environment we inhabit,” Henderson says. “We feed off each other’s energy.”
The boys released an EP, Lost In You, in March of last year, and gained a very ecstatic fan base for the the beautiful soulful lyrics and danceable dark attitude that was portrayed in their music. In the beginning of December, UltraVillain posted a sexy, sweaty music video for their staple song, “Break Out,” complete with a near-naked black-clothed dance party around the beautifully illuminated (and stunningly handsome) Henderson and Schuch.
To the delight of fans, their debut LP INVU is set to be released this month, entirely produced, recorded and engineered in their Gastown studio. “We create something that is so personal; its hard to let yourself be that vulnerable,” Schuch says. “Our only goal is to stay inspired and feel good about what we do. The rest is really up to the universe.” The confidence that these boys exude in all that they do from their attire to their brooding lyrics, is one of the driving forces behind their success. “[It’s] freedom and compromise. Two opposite ends of the spectrum.” Beyond all the headiness, the heart of the partnership is unavoidable. Now that all other elements of this project are in place all that’s left is two parts of a whole, and their dedication to sharing UltraVillain with the world.
INVU will be released on Bloom Records on April 1st.
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