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The Lavellas are an atmospheric Space Rock band birthed in Denver, Colorado in 2000. The band's lineup consists of members Robyn Green (Guitars & Effects, Vox, and Keyboards), Jason Mathews (Bass Guitar, Guitars & Effects, Backing Vox), and Spencer Kiss (Drums, Synths). Originally a quartet, the Lavellas were founded by Jason and Robyn on guitars and vocals with Mike McDaniel on bass and Matt Amundson on drums. Their first record, entitled Cherish was produced by Lance Bendiksen (Arista and RCA) was released the same year the band formed. Although recorded in great studios, Cherish was all but disgarded due in part to the Lavellas desiring a more underground sound involving more edginess and less mainstream production. Amundson departed the band and was replaced by Spencer Kiss on drums and shortly afterwards, McDaniel chose to pursue his bass guitar talent in the realm of Jazz and Funk. Cory Cambell entered the band picking up the bass guitar and the band began crafting their true atmospheric sound, mixing in vocals to mesh with the whole music to create a more 'wall of sound' effect and focusing on creating alternative rock that employed elements of 80's and 90's Post Punk, Shoegaze, and New Wave styles.
The result of this notable change led to the band's second, and most revealed record created in Denver, 2002's- 'My Talk With The Dead', self-produced by the band and mixed and mastered by Robyn and Jason on a small 16 track machine in the band's makeshift studio and sanctuary, Shyte Studios. The record received more press and opened a wave of doors for the Lavellas, who were already actively playing the larger Denver venues and becoming heavily involved in the emerging Denver music scene. In 2003, the Lavellas relocated to Chicago, Illinois in search of a wider audience and established their second home base in the Wicker Park neighborhood, playing out frequently with occasional tours. In 2004, the band went back into the larger studio atmoshpere in hopes of capturing a higher fidelity version of their sound and tested the waters with engineer Jack LeTourneau at Paragon Studios Chicago, record their third work entitled, 'Distortion Story'. During the recording of the record, Cory became disillusioned with the band and departed, leaving Robyn, Jason, and Spencer to determine the band's future direction. Exhausted in trying to find new musicians who shared the same interests in styles, the band came to the agreement that Robyn, Jason, and Spencer seemed to be the core of the group and it would be best to avoid anymore potential issues involved with incorporating another new member. Jason made the decision to play bass guitar for the band and the songs were rearranged with Robyn looping multiple guitar sounds and droning pedal tones to fill in and create new sonic space. Spencer began employing synths and the band finally found their sound as a space rock power trio.
In 2005 the Lavellas went back into the studio to record what would become a self-titled five song EP with engineer Ted Cho at Clava Studios Chicago, inviting special guest Mike Perkins to contribute vintage echo-plex noise soundscapes throughout the EP. In an interview with WZRD Chicago Radio, Perkins noted the band's musical clarity with becoming a trio and allowing more space between the instruments and sound elements. The Lavellas continued to play out and continue crafting their sound, which had become more complex with the constant addition of new experimental sounds and electronic elements. The Lavellas officially released the EP in 2006 and immediately began composing music for a full length that would hopefully carry the band into new realms and further solidify their experimental ideas into a fully characterized new Lavellas' sound. In 2007, The Lavellas set out to work with Keith Cleversey and Andy Bosnak at Keith's Playground Studio Chicago to record the band's fourth full length album, 'The Backhall Sessions'. Andy and the Lavellas spent the course of a few months that year recording and mixing the album, trying to find the right sound and balance that would define the best of what the Lavellas had been exploring. In a sudden change of direction, Robyn chose to relocate to Madrid, Spain after the release of the Back Hall Sessions in hopes of discovering greater influences and eventually carrying the band to an international level with more support. On January 13, 2008, the Lavellas played their final headlining show at the Cabaret Metro in Chicago before Robyn departed the following day for Spain. By September of 2008, Robyn returned to chicago for a midwest tour with the Lavellas and in 2009, the Lavellas crossed over to Madrid for a packed show there.
While living in different cities, the Lavellas continued to devise ways of pursuing the band while embarking on side projects of their own. Jason and Spencer founded the dream pop group, The Rosen Association in Chicago and later, Spencer began his own solo project, Bird Musuem. Robyn opened up his own recording studio in Madrid calling it his Spaceland Studio and devoted time into producing other projects while continuing to compose Lavellas songs and his own solo music. In February of 2012, Robyn released his first solo record entitled 'Slowdown Deteriorate' re-employing the space rock sound of the Lavellas while pursuing additional ambiences. 2012 found each member transcending in even more directions as Jason moved back to Denver, CO and Spencer began playing drums for the Chicago-based Shoegaze band, Airiel. Robyn, remaining in Europe, again relocated to Geneva, Switzerland following the release of Slowdown Deteriorate and continues to produce bands and artists from his studio in Madrid. The current future of the Lavellas remains a mystery, though Robyn has indicated that he has new material he would like to record with the Lavellas and that the band will always be his primary musical direction, regardless of distance and time.
¨2013 is a new year and it's time I got back and re-connected with the other Lavellans regarding the possibly recording a new album that makes us all happier. It's not that the Backhall Sessions didn't have good songs but it seemed very difficult capturing what myself and others had hoped for, primarily due to where my mind was prior to leaving Chicago. The last album felt rushed and had too many holes that could've been better, particularly on my part. So... to do a new album, I'd like to have all the ideas clear, hear all the ideas from the others (Spencer and Jason), and effectively produce the band's greatest album to date without financial or mental constraints. The more I land my feet back on the ground here in Switzerland, the more this possibility becomes reality and when the time is right, I'll run it by the other dudes." Robyn Green