Members: Brittany Bindrim, Vince Grech, Chad Mines, Jim Cookas
In three quick years, Chicago's I:SCINTILLA jumped from recording demo songs in a bedroom to collaborating with some of modern music's best artists and releasing albums on an international level. Fronted by Brittany Bindrim (vocals/words) and backed by Jim Cookas (guitar/programming), Vince Grech (drums), and Chad Mines (guitar/bass), the group seamlessly fuses electronic and rock elements while pushing the boundaries of pop music. Bindrim's intensely seductive voice and insightful words paint a dark picture of loss, redemption, and introspection and are delivered via insatiably catchy hooks. The music drapes the mood with intricately layered synthesizers, grinding guitar riffs, and a mix of live and programmed drums. The quartet's unique sound has drawn comparisons to GARBAGE, THEATRE OF TRAGEDY, and THE BIRTHDAY MASSACRE.
Formed in 2003, I:SCINTILLA quickly wrote and recorded songs that would be part of their self-released debut album, THE APPROACH (July 2004). After consistent critical praise and a solid year of live performances, a buzz began to spread and record labels from all over the world began making signing offers. The band eventually signed with Belgian electro label, ALFA MATRIX, to join an impressive roster that includes FRONT 242 and COLLIDE.
On HAVESTAR (August 2006), the first release on their new label, the band worked with famed electronic producer Wade Alin (ATOMICA, CHRIST ANALOGUE) and the result was four electrifying recordings with top notch production elements. The EP was rounded out by club remixes, including stellar versions from the likes of COMBICHRIST and Claus Larsen (LEAETHER STRIP). The release found success with the critics, clubs, radio, and a varied cross-section of music fans. As a result, HAVESTAR spent four weeks on the DAC (Deutsche Alternative Chart) Top 20 Singles and peaked at #13.
Their latest full-length effort, OPTICS (June 2007), finds the band exploring new sounds and traversing genres while maintaining an emphasis on sophisticated songwriting. Bindrim's voice soars on the epic opening track, "Cursive Eve", and she never looks back. The quartet shows off their polished new sound with sexy dance-rock ("Ultravioletfly", "Machine Vision") and club-friendly synthpop ("Melt", "Toy Soldier"). Meanwhile they are just as comfortable utilizing organic rock elements on the beautifully haunting "Translate" and powerful "Salt Of Stones". Bindrim's lyrics have never been better as she explores topics of a more political, social, and sexual nature. Once again, Alin adds his signature slick production to the 12-track set.