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Sensuous Enemy / Press

“Hailing from the US, the music of Sensuous Enemy is the musical vision of Jai (voice, lyrics, piano), Jeff (programming, guitar) and John (programming, guitar) their music is a polished, passionate and expressive style of electro/goth rock underpinned by synthetic rhythms in a manner that should appeal to fans of Ego Likeness while the passion the music evokes should appeal to Cruxshadows lovers who aren't averse to a guitar-heavier sound. The band's main strength lies in the way that Jai's vocals are able to match the expressive heights that Jeff's guitar licks scale (even if they do seem to get a little lost in the mix on occasion) and this holds true just as much for such faster tracks as the opening "Whispers" or the surging vitality of "Shiver 2008" as it does for the slower and full-blooded "Tidal", where her voice really finds its niche.”

“Madison's Sensuous Enemy thrilled critics and fans alike last year with their acclaimed release "Fragments." Drawing on a range of influences from the underground club scene and life itself, the dark, industrial music blends the sensual vocals of lead singer JAI and the club-ready beats and slick guitars from Chris Wenzel and John Freriks. Lead singer JAI answered a few questions from Dane101 about SE's music and their involvement with the Forward Music Festival. Sensuous Enemy will be at the Inferno Saturday, September 19th as part of the Reverence Showcase.”

“After five years of darkly sensuous live performances around the Midwest - but only issuing one self-released demo during that time - Sensuous Enemy have finally inked a deal with Madison record label Sonic Mainline and released a professionally produced CD entitled Fragments. It has been seen on some of the best-of-the-year lists in the local media (most notably Isthmus) and there are good reasons for that.”

“Another group mixing electronic and traditional elements is Sensuous Enemy, whose members — JAI, John Freriks and newcomer Chris Wenzel — create a swirl of brooding, bombastic sound out of distorted guitars, live drums, melodic synths and JAI's powerful, Annie Lennox-like vocals.”

“The big winner of the night was The Lucas Cates Band, which won four separate song categories as well as Pop Performer of the Year and Artist of the Year. Following closely behind was Natty Nation with five awards, including a solo nod for its lead singer JAH Boogie. Other multiple MAMA winners this year included Queenie and the Blue Cats, Kristy Larson, Sensuous Enemy, Josh Harty, Harmonious Wail, Gladstone, Felicia Alima, and Art Paul Schlosser. Additionally, Dr. Marvin J. Rabin, Emeritus Professor of Music at UW-Madison was awarded the 2009 Michael St. John Lifetime Achievement Award.”

“Best Electronic Album of the Year & Best Electronic Song of the Year”

“After five years of performing many darkly sensuous live performances around the Midwest but only forging one self-released demo during that time, Sensuous Enemy have finally inked a deal with Madison record label Sonic Mainline and released a professionally produced CD entitled Fragments. It has been seen on some of the best-of-the-year lists in the local media (most notably Isthmus) and there are good reasons for that.”

“Sensuous Enemy delivers an amazing blend of EBM, trance and gothic rock with JAI's beautiful vocals fronting it all. The composition uses a lot of varied elements, and switches up the formula. Using drums to set the beat, some tracks are a lot more synth-heavy, others emphasize the piano. Guitars are more prominent on some, and take the backseat on others. Overall, Sensuous Enemy shows they have a distinct sound to their music, but are diverse in its execution. This is really an amazing album. Sensuous Enemy has always created great music, but you can hear their sound maturing with this release. The tracks are all enjoyable, providing material for the living room or the club. If you haven't heard of Sensuous Enemy yet, this release will put them on your radar in no time at all.”

“A friend of mine likes to argue that all the popular genres of music in existence today had their roots in the 1980s. Being children of that decade, Sensuous Enemy’s music could easily be used as evidence by someone attempting to prove that theory. After several years of visually stunning performances around Madison, SE finally have a debut CD. Deadly Sins is an EP of seven songs that don’t necessarily correlate with each of the seven deadly sins, but they draw largely upon the kind of music that dominated the pop charts two decades ago.”

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