MISSION ZERO is frequently asked the same two questions: “Are you guys twins?” and “Where’s the rest of the band?” Creating lush, shiny indie pop that fills a room, siblings Chenot and David Keith (no, they’re not twins) start with massive percussion and haunting vocals and flesh out their sound with live and pre-programmed synth and guitar. "An avant-garde dance pop aesthetic of the 1980s... coupled with the punk passion of this century’s new wave revivalists... An exploration of dream pop." (PHILTHY MAG). As WPKN Radio puts it, “They sound much bigger than a duo."
In 2010, lead singer (and guitar and synth player) Chenot was inspired to write an album of solo pop. “I asked my brother to play drums and produce the record,” she says, “and eventually it was clear that we work so telepathically as musicians that we should make this solo project into a real band, and start touring.” That first album was followed by 2013’s Sky Candy EP, a collaborative effort that blends David’s fresh nonconformity as an arranger with Chenot’s pop sensibility. “The songwriting is basically now 50/50,” says drummer David, and their third album, People in Glass Yachts (May 2015), credits both brother and sister as writers on every track. Of their musical bond, Chenot explains: “Take two people with shared DNA, add a lifetime of common musical influences and experiences, and you have bandmates who make scarily similar choices in live performance… and the vocal blend of blood relatives is about more than pitch; it’s shared timing and inflection. It’s magical.”
The siblings have played separately and together all over the world in a variety of bands (including David’s current gig with rock icon Ritchie Blackmore in Blackmore’s Night). As Mission Zero, they’ve headlined at the world famous Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles, and opened for national acts such as Jimmy Destri (of Blondie), White Hinterland and Hank & Cupcakes.
Mission Zero has been compared to duos Phantogram and the Eurythmics, as they combine “live and digital” to create music that embodies the power and freedom the siblings feel by going it (mostly) alone and keeping total creative control of their art. Coming from a musical family, the duo has never doubted that music was their path, and with each album, their goal of making their livelihoods solely by making music comes closer. “We’re happiest up on stage together,” confesses Chenot, “doing what we were always meant to do.”
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