NEWS: Multimedia, Musical Genre-Bending Indie Artists THE ENERGY COMMISSION To Release

October 30, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Los Angeles, CA: On February 4, 2014, prepare to have your mind blown. THE ENERGY COMMISSION, whose music is fresh and multi-genre, are set to drop their debut album "Consistently Inconsistent."

 

Taking Chicago by storm, The Energy Commission is more than just another band. They are a multimedia, multi-layered, communal experience that calls their charismatic live performance, “a backyard wrestling version of a Cirque du Soleil show.” Their “Commissioners” represent in hot pink with the “e” shaved in their hair or permanently tattooed on skin. They “Bleed Pink”, filling up the entourage of “Beer Buses” that shuttle fans to shows. “Our fans are the show” singer Danielle Cales says, “Watch for flying effects and Jay’s ritual smashing of his pink ukulele. From leis to tambourines, every show is a party.” The stage takes on a character of its own, featuring their mysterious mannequin with a plasma ball head, their album art in the form of a larger than life 3ft. Rubik’s Cube, and Worthington furiously painting a picture, which is often given away at the end of the show.

 

“It’s not just about the music,” explains bandleader and multi-instrumental Jay Weinberg. “We leave constraints of genre and even the boundaries of being ‘just a band’ behind. We hope to remind people that they’ve an innate uniqueness of experience and should be fearless in the world they create. Our goal is to appeal as distinctly as we can to pop culture, but our sense of adventure and unconventional expression are what set us apart.”

 

That adventurous spirit was the springboard for Weinberg’s “Price Gougin’” and the source of the band’s name. Grammy award winning Doug Sax said the song “Sounded like a hit record”, the Chicago Tribune called Weinberg an “Overnight Hero”, but a message on Jay’s phone sounded a little less amused; “This is Colonel Jacob Scott of the Energy Commission. We are shutting down your operation.” Jay punctuated his message by riding a bicycle donated by Trek some 675 miles to the front gates of the White House and said, “When you believe in your song enough to get arrested for singing it and ride a bicycle halfway across the country, the line between art and life really begins to blur. We intend to blur that line intentionally because I don’t think it should even exist.”

 

A testament to diversity, the band’s rendition of “Time Is on My Side” was used by A1 for their national television campaign, (other artists A1 has used include Ellie Goulding and the XX), while their first music video about video game “Modern Warfare” has garnered half a million views.

 

For a band that prides itself on character, “Consistently Inconsistent” oozes it in abundance.


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