“Atmospheric” and “abrasive” seem like contradictory terms for any band to use to describe themselves, but West Palm Beach, Florida, trio Lavola navigate through unhinged angst and austere moods with aplomb. “From a visceral standpoint, the music comes from my influences,” says frontman/band founder Julian Cires. “I listen to hardcore and a lot of noise/ambient music; how [our] music straddles the polarities is a little harder for me to discern. It’s about exploring a spectrum of emotions and to satiate the desire to feel and experience different things. But really, I like to have the music do the talking, if that’s an option!” The band issued a digital single (“Vereen”) in September; Cires hopes to have an EP out before the end of the year, with a full-length to follow in March.
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