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Videotape is known to mix straightforward pop with dense layers of atmosphere and noise to create an ethereal and wistful sound. Their music has been described in the media as having "ghostly wailing harmonies," and "solemnly strummed guitars." A five-piece Chicago-based shoegaze band, Videotape is AJ Cesena, Sophie Leigh, Ian McDuffie, Sarah Sterling, and Jenna Caravello. The group has been playing dynamic and captivating music in the Chicago area since 2010.
Videotape initially formed when AJ began sending tracks via email to Sophie for vocals. Sophie was living in Australia at the time, so the two continued writing and recording in this overseas process until late 2011 when Sophie returned to Chicago. Thereafter, Ian joined with lead guitar, Sarah started drumming in the Spring, and the four played their first show in Summer 2010. Jenna joined the group as a bass player in 2012. The band's debut EP was recorded mostly by AJ and Sophie on their laptop. But for the new full length, the full band went to the studio and recorded a much louder and more guitar driven sound which all members of the group are excited to now play for the masses.