Meet the band that's out of this universe (Created August 16, 2013)
Anyone up for an astronomy lesson? Check out the band formed by Frenchmen Anthony Gonzalez and Nicolas Fromageau, and named after the spiral galaxy Messier 83.
For quite some time, m83 has been enjoying international (intergalactic?) fame thanks to an album called "Dead Cities, Red Sea and Lost Ghosts." Though their self-titled debut actually came before this (all the way back in 2001), it wasn't until the sophomore follow-up that fans took notice. The project not only helped to fuel the band's popularity, it also gave them a home on the Gooom label.
Though Fromageau departed m83 after "Ghosts" was complete, it was Gonzalez who would return to the studio for another record. "When Before Dawn Heals Us" bowed in January 2005, and was hailed for its vocals and more consistent rhythms. Following a tour in support of the project, Gonzalez followed that with "Digital Shades, Vol. 1," then worked with producers Ewan Pearson and Ken Thomas on "Saturdays=Youth." His most recent work, a collaboration with producer Justin Meldal-Johnsen, Medicine's Brad Laner, vocalist Morgan Kibby, and Zola Jesus was "Hurry Up, We're Dreaming," which was released in October 2011.
So where does m83 go next? Well right now, it wants you. On September 22nd, the band will play the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl amphitheater in Los Angeles. But this isn't just any gig. An interactive component to the show will be in partnership with Genero.tv, and the band has started a video contest asking fans to submit their own visuals for the songs "Intro" and "Moonchild."
The winning treatments will be selected by Gonzalez, and will accompany the live Hollywood Bowl performances and also be released as official music videos. Each winning filmmaker will also receive $4,000, and the best entries will be screened at the Zookastar Festival in London on November 2nd.
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