Former A PERFECT CIRCLE/ZWAN bassist Paz Lenchantin makes a guest appearance on violin on the song "Dividing Lines" from Los Angeles band KAURA's self-titled debut EP, out today (April 19) on the group's own imprint, Kaum Records.
Born from the vision of Malcolm Guess (vocals and instrumentation) and Benjamin Jones (drums and instrumentation), KAURA's sound is being described as a mixture of "the aggressive power of hard-yet-melodic rock" and "the haunting and ethereal sounds of ancient instruments." Coming from a rock background, the two had always sought to push the boundaries of the genre and create a sound that was both dramatic and distinctive. The key elements to bring their vision into focus were discovered when their travels took them to such far away and exotic places as Thailand, Bali and Java.
Benjamin explains, "We wanted to infuse the hammered dulcimer or gamelan bells with distorted guitars, or tabla with tribal drumming, to create this really expansive depth of sound… It was important to us that it wasn’t obvious as to what instruments you were listening to, but rather blend them in subliminally to create unique textures that enrich the music."
The two sought to not only seek out a unique sound but a different lyrical voice as well. "The lyrical focus is more on themes of evolution, re-birth, and social and personal consciousness rather than the standard self-loathing, angry at-the-world fare of most hard rock bands," says Malcolm. Drawing from his experience as a sound engineer, Guess recorded and produced the EP.
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