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A LIFE OF SCIENCE: Phoenix band brings its electronic concept music to Lyzzard's Lounge on Friday
A Life of Science will present its apocolyptic tales set to music Friday night in Prescott.
6/20/2012 9:19:00 PM
By Lisa Irish
A Life of Science, an electronic band from Phoenix, will perform their apocalyptic concept music at 8 p.m. Friday at Lyzzard's Lounge in Prescott.
For no cover charge, fans can hear songs from the group's albums about the fate of robotics prodigy Jon Tate, hired by the military to create an army of machines to end a war, during their performance at 120 N. Cortez Street.
Fate of the Galaxies will also play, and Ex-Ghost will DJ sets of house and electronic music between performances.
"Our band is a concept band," said Scott Passamonte, lead guitarist for A Life of Science. "When we stared working on the album, we didn't have anything we wanted to say so we worked on telling the stories of these characters."
Passamonte, James Keenan, lead vocalist, keyboardist, and bassist, and Josh Isaac, drummer, have been playing together for more than six years.
In the group's first album "The Apneist," released in 2009 on iTunes, "the man responsible for ending the war creates technology to save the world after deciding the best way to do that is to destroy all humans," Passamonte said.
The group also published a comic book written by Keenan and illustrated by Will Torres, as well as a novel by Isaac, both titled "The Apneist," that expand on the story of their first album.
"We play a lot of comic book conventions across the Southwest and we're trying to establish ourselves in the region," said Passamonte, noting they have upcoming shows in Sedona, Flagstaff, Tempe, and Yuma.
To learn more about the group, listen to their music, view videos, and download a free song, go to their website, www.alos.us.
The group's second album, "Vita Nova," was released in April on iTunes and was produced by Mind's Eye Digital Studio's Larry Elyea of Jimmy Eat World. The album is streaming on AOL Music at music.aol.com/new-releases-full-cds/spinner#/12.
"This concept is bigger than we are and we're ready to deliver it to a larger audience than ever," Keenan, said. "The second album picks up where the first left off; it's about Jon's survival and rebuilding the human race."
Fans can listen to the song "Welcome Lights," from their second album, that was made available on their website just last week, Passamonte said.
Keenan said the group's new album has a different sound.
"The heavier moments from the first album were polarizing for critics and the general audience, so we came at these songs with a pop sensibility in mind to make Jon's story more accessible to all audiences," Keenan said. The final album in the trilogy, "Crystal City," is due for release in late 2012.
"This has been a labor of love for us," Passamonte said. "We've fallen in love with the characters we've created."
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