They’ve been called everything from psych-pop to goth-hop, but Chicago’s genre-defying quartet Loyal Divide will need no label following the Oct. 4th release of their debut full-length Bodice Ripper on Kilo Records. Full of feverish electronics, throbbing rhythms, and haunting vocals, Ripper slashes the conventional wisdom that separates the worlds of indie, hip-hop, and electronica. Fueled by a nightmarish video (directed by BBGUN) for single “Vision Vision” and a recent plug from DJ Quik, Bodice Ripper is quickly finding its way into “Best of 2011” lists. TheUntz.com will feature its Ripper review on Monday, along with exclusive tracks from the album.
On top of their studio prowess, this seasoned four-piece is able to take their complex sound to the stage. Any live environment suits LD, having shared bills acts as disparate as Chromeo, Crystal Castles, and Deadmau5, as well as backing hip-hop act BBU at this year’s North Coast Music Festival. The live Loyal Divide experience escalates the power and passion of Bodice Ripper’s content with frenetic energy and an exuberant pursuit of precision. The band embarks on its monthlong tour tonight at The Mad Frog in Cincinnati with electro-pop act Machines are People Too, hitting Philly, Boston, NYC, and Pittsburgh before headlining Broad Ripple Music Fest in Indianapolis with ill-esha on October 15th.
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