Current line up:
Steven Archer - Guitar / Programming / Music & Words / Vocals
Donna Lynch - Vocals / Piano / Synths / Words & Music
Mike K. Johnson - Drums
Mindcage Rick - Drums
Ego Likeness was created in 1999 by artist Steven Archer, a DC native, and writer Donna Lynch in Baltimore, Maryland. Taking their name from Frank Herbertï¿½s classic science fiction novel 'Dune', the band began as an experimental/ dark trip hop project. A demo called ï¿½Songs From a Dead Cityï¿½, recorded on a four track, was released in 1999.
By 2000, Archer and Lynch were moving the project in a darker electronic/ dance direction, resulting in a self-released full length album entitled ï¿½Dragonflyï¿½.
After a short hiatus from recording and a lengthy period of trial, error, and revision, and many regional live performances, Ego Likeness signed with Dancing Ferret Discs for the release of 2004ï¿½s ï¿½Water to the Deadï¿½. This album featured the bandï¿½s electronic roots while exploring a bit of a heavier rock sound.
Their first album ï¿½Dragonflyï¿½ was re-released on Dancing Ferret Discs in 2005, and 2006 saw the release of their third full-length CD 'The Order of the Reptile' (DFD), an album that brought together several of EL's past styles, including darkwave, trip-hop, and rock.
Between 2007 and 2009, the band released a single, ï¿½The Lowest Place on Earthï¿½ and three of the four ï¿½Compassï¿½ EPs ï¿½ï¿½Southï¿½, ï¿½Westï¿½, and ï¿½Northï¿½.
Their fourth full-length, ï¿½Breedlessï¿½, was released in the spring of 2010 on Metropolis Records. The final ï¿½Compassï¿½ EP ï¿½ ï¿½Eastï¿½ is scheduled for release before the end of the year.
EL has toured the continental US, Germany, Luxembourg, Poland and the UK, as well as performing at several festivals on the east and west coast, including Convergence 11 (San Diego CA), Draculaï¿½s Ball (Philadelphia PA), Black Sun Festival (New Haven CT), Freaks United (DC), Eccentrik Festival I (Raleigh NC), Dragon Con (Atlanta GA), Wicked Faire (Whippany NJ) and more.
In addition to touring with The Cruxshadows, Ayria, Angelspit, Combichrist, Bella Morte, and Voltaire, EL have had the honor to share the stage with Peter Murphy, Nizter Ebb, The Damned, Chris Connelly, Collide, Razed in Black, Das Ich, Rasputina, The Start, Iris, Decoded Feedback, The Azoic, In Strict Confidence, Stromkern, New Model Army, Zombie Girl, And One, Seabound, Attrition, Assemblage 23, and many others.
They have appeared on numerous compilation CDs, including several Asleep by Dawn and Hot Topic releases and 'Where's Neil When You Need Him?' (a tribute to the work of author Neil Gaiman, DFD 2006); released remixes for The Cruxshadows (Cassandra-Fortress in Flames), The Last Dance (Terribly When- Reflections of Rage), Thou Shalt Not (Inside of You, In Spite of You- The Projectionist), Black Tape for a Blue Girl (Tarnished- Scarecrow), and Angelspit (Vena Cava- Krankhaus/ Girl Poison- Red Kingdom Black Kingdom), and more; and appeared on Voltaire's album 'Then and Again' and Angelspitï¿½s ï¿½Hideous and Perfectï¿½. EL has been featured in publications such as Zillo, Gothic Beauty, Outburn, ABD, Sideline, Pollstar, and Sonic Seducer, to name a few.
Steven is the creator of the atmospheric electronica project Hopeful Machines, and the pair make up the experimental/ spoken word outfit The Trinity Project and have released two albums under that name-' The Trinity Project I' (2001) and 'The Subtle Movements of the Entropy Engine' (2003), which are available for download on the MUSIC page of this site.
Steven, a graduate of The Corcoran School of Art, continues to exhibit paintings and mixed media pieces in various galleries, stores, conventions and venues throughout the US, and online through the band's social networking sites. He is also a regular contributor to ï¿½Weird Tales Magazineï¿½ and ï¿½Steampunk Magazineï¿½.
He is the author of a children's book, 'Luna Maris' (Imaginary Books, 2008) and an illustrated story ï¿½Red King Black Rook (Raw Dog Screaming Press 2009). In addition to numerous poems and short stories, Donna has released two collections of poetry: 'In My Mouth' (2000) and 'Ladies & Other Vicious Creatures' (2007 Raw Dog Screaming Press). Her first novel 'Isabel Burning' debuted in 2008 through Raw Dog Screaming Press. She has also collaborated with Steven on several art projects, including a handmade, limited edition illustrated book called 'Twenty-Six (An Uncommon Book of ABCs)' and the upcoming ï¿½Daughters of Lilithï¿½ (RDSP 2010).
Archer and Lynch have been married since October of 1999 and currently live in Maryland with two hairless cats.
For more info, merchandise, and other photos, please visit www.myspace.com/ego_likeness and www.egolikeness.com
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