For The Amatory Murder, an electronically-tinged goth rock band from Brooklyn, New York, pop sensibility comes wrapped in a dark, danceable package. Fans know to experience TAM is to experience the transformative power and beauty of pain and the dynamic emotional cyclone of rage, love, doubt and fear. The band combines the exhilaration of loud and fast guitars, deeply emotional and relatable lyrics, gorgeous and ghostly electronic composition, powerhouse drums, and catchy hooks to draw listeners into an intense sensory odyssey.
The Amatory Murder has a dedicated following in the dark/alternative scene but their break through sound connects to audiences on all levels with dynamic choruses and energetic beats, which belie the underlying themes of the dark side of the human experience: isolation, rejection, disenchantment and anger that bind us all together.
The Amatory Murder was founded in at King Killer Studios by frontman/singer/songwriter Christian "Xian Amatory" Peppas (whose vocals are featured in a Skoda Auto Made Of Meaner Stuff commercial in Europe) and guitarist Marios Drakos (aka "Drakos"--"The Dragon"). The band was later rounded out by the addition of bassist Ernest D'Amaso, friend and former schoolmate of Xian, who has played and toured around the world and lead guitarist Joseph Halimi who also brings touring experience.
Pulling from an eclectic roster of influences including Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, IAMX, Type O Negative, Placebo, and New Order; theirs is a creative process that involves intensely thought out composition and experimentation in the recording studio. The band employs a variety of foundational sounds utilizing synthetic atmospheres, piano and programmed beat arrangements. Mixed with organic drum samples and live heavy guitars, the tracks are then topped off with their signature angst-ridden dark lyrics.
The Amatory Murder strive to make direct emotional connections with their fans via music that stirs up the dark side we all have hidden within. The writing and arrangement of each track is crafted in order to get their message across to as diverse an audience as possible. They have a very clear vision of what they want the future to hold for them and understand it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to get there – no corners can be cut. The Amatory Murder ultimately plan on taking the world’s stage, winning over one lost soul at a time with their unique, enduring sound.
Some recent reviewes have commented:
"The Amatory Murder's versatility shows with their very energetic punky anthems. . . "
"This band performs for the love of music and for love of the fans."
". . .At an Amatory Murder show, you get more than you pay for. . . Not a single fan is left disappointed."
Look for The Amatory Murder's iconic logo/muse 'AM Femme' who embodies the beauty and dark magical nuances of the band's sound, and their other albums A Different Frequency and remix EP Lonely Boy featuring other artists re-imagined versions of the band's songs.
Also check out The Amatory Murder's videos for their songs Chelsea and A Different Frequency—one of which is a claymation created and directed by Charles Pieper and featured at the Se-Ma-For Animation Festival in Poland. The song A Different Frequency was also used as the soundtrack song to an entry in the Santori Film Festival by Los Angeles director Benedicto Yun who also directed the video for Chelsea.
The band have played throughout the tri-state area including opening for industrial veterans My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult (alongside Left Spine Down), opening for Matt Fazzi's Happy Body Slow Brain, and headlining their Live Nation Presents record release show for A Different Frequency at Gramercy Theater. They have also played prestigious showcases for Gotham Rocks at Irving Plaza, organized and headlined their "Church of Murder" alternative/goth night at Webster Hall, and other venues including Highline Ballroom, Sullivan Hall and Tammany Hall.
The Amatory Murder's newest record, "Exploiting Our Dreams' drops Spring 2014. In addition to new songs, it will feature remixes of their music by several artists including Panic Lift and Aesthetic Perfection.