Distortion Mirrors Leeds, England 2014
|Origin||Leeds, West Yorkshire, England|
|Genres||Alternative rock, indie, art rock, shoegaze|
Classically trained pianist Luke Worle is the primary songwriter, although Josiah Brooks has been with the band since its inception, serving as principle guitarist. The band began as an arty Dream-Pop bedroom project called "Starry Eyed Wonder" but quickly changed gears. They recorded their debut EP with producer Sylvia Massy, who has produced records for such bands as Tool, System of a Down, Johnny Cash, Red Hot Chili Peppers and others. The resulting EP, "Circle of Wolves", was released in the summer of 2011 by the experimental German label Surrism-Phonoethics. Richard Kirk contributed artwork and press for the record. In late 2011, the band relocated to Los Angeles and played a series of shows in Hollywood including The Whiskey A Go Go, broadening their appeal and shaping their sound from industrial noise to the 90's alternative rock of Smashing Pumpkins and My Bloody Valentine.
The early portion of 2012 saw Luke Worle and Distortion Mirrors recording the soundtrack for the Jack Morgan Productions feature film Shattered Silence, an anti-suicide documentary. The resulting soundtrack for the film was entitled "Diana,Orchid of Diamonds". Under the Radar (magazine) reviewed the lone single from the soundtrack, "Phantomoptica", with writer Laura Studarus calling the entire album "A dark ride with industrial grinds that call to mind Trent Reznor at his finest".
Zeros and Kings E.P.
The band spent the latter portion of 2012 in Los Angeles writing and recording their promotional demo "Zeros and Kings". Recording in Beachwood Canyon, Hollywood Hills, as well as North Hollywood, CA, Wayne G. Miller, bassist for Lenka, assisted the record as engineer and co-producer  The recording sessions for "Zeros and Kings" were met with delays. The band eventually finished the record in NY with producers Joseph Brooks (Andrea Ferrini, White Rabbit Records) and Matthew Cassetta. Kamuela Kim, formerly of Tommy Boy Record's band Plushgun joined Distortion Mirrors as temporary guitarist for summer shows and in the studio on the record. He has since left the band on amicable terms.
The band later played Massy's high profile Blackbird Underground Festival in a featured spot as well that summer. According to Distortion Mirrors Facebook page, the record was mastered in New York on August 7 and a full album track-listing was soon after unveiled. The next single to be released from "Zeros and Kings" was "Prom Queen" and was released August 10. The record began to attract considerable interest.
The first single from "Zeros and Kings", "Death by Love" was released by Under the Radar (magazine) to enthusiastic buzz  with the band favorably compared to Smashing Pumpkins and Nine Inch Nails. Impose Magazine praised the track, writing "Luke Worle and Josiah Brooks further live up to their moniker reflective fuzziness as they prepare their follow up to 2011's suRRism Phonoethics release, Circle of Wolves with precision guided dissonance applied to the infectious vernacular." Shortly thereafter Beats Per Minute (website) premiered the second single, "Streets of Fire, Heart of Ice" to glowing praise, with writer Joshua Pickard saying "Bands like The Smashing Pumpkins and Weezer lay battered alongside the wayside as the duo rushes through their collective influences at a marathon pace.". The press has favorably compared the duo, consisting of Worle on synthesizers and lead vocals and Brooks on guitar, to the edgier and grittier alternative rock movement of the 1990s.
Spin Magazine gave the 3rd and final single "Prom Queen" a positive review, with writer Kyle McGovern calling the song "a fuzzy hip-shaker that lines quiet-loud dynamics with New Wave glee". Impose Magazine's Sjimon Gompers wrote "'Prom Queen' takes you back to those awkward dances, where the tiaras are discarded for the superficiality of the pomp and circumstance that most are forced to go and grow through during the so-called, 'time of your life'. Poptimes Magazine has featured "Death by Love" trending in their popular section for the summer. Beats Per Minute said of Distortion Mirrors that "They concoct a dense, viscous amalgamation of their influences and let the sounds bounce off one another in a spiraling display of studio wizardry."
Alan Cross wrote that the band "showcase their appreciation for such seminal acts as My Bloody Valentine and even Sonic Youth with Brooks’ carefree guitar in the mix". Distortion Mirrors digitally released their proper debut LP "Zeros and Kings" on August 13 via Phoebe Records, LTD and will do a series of mini UK show dates in the Winter of 2014. Jay Abbondanza of Violent Success magazine praised the album, awarding it an 8.8. out of 10 and concluding that "I can't wait to see their next reflection". Matt Crosslin of Down the Line Zine wrote that the record "explores a very interesting tension between dark themes and hope, between dealing with demons and finding redemption"
The band was nominated for Los Angeles's Deli Magazine's "Artist of the Month" and won in September 2013. Distortion Mirrors are currently doing a press and promotional tour.
Distortion Mirrors are currently recording their debut studio album. The title was officially announced May 15, 2014 via the band's twitter and Facebook accounts. It will be called Lost Tapes.
The band cite Smashing Pumpkins, Peter Gabriel, My Bloody Valentine, Mogwai, Keith Green, The Beatles, The Ronettes, Phil Spector and Black Sabbath as strong influences in their sound, creative aesthetic and approach to music, both sonically and psychologically. They are strong proponents of synthesizing art and faith. In August 2013, they were featured in BPM Magazine's Q and A "On Deck" in which they discussed the records that shaped their art, faith and music making perspective.
- Luke Worle-lead synthesizers, piano, mellotron, percussion, lead vocals
- Circle of Wolves (EP, Surrism-Phonoethics, 2011)
- Diana, Orchid of Diamonds (LP, Digital/soundtrack only, 2012)
- Zeros and Kings (LP/CD, 2013)
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- Studarus, Laura. "Premiere: Distortion Mirrors – "Death By Love" MP3 Stream | Under The Radar". Undertheradarmag.com. Retrieved 2013-08-14.
- "Week in Pop: C-SAN, Chippy Nonstop, Kodacrome, Magmana | Goldmine Sacks". Impose Magazine. 2013-07-05. Retrieved 2013-08-14.
- "Track Premiere: Distortion Mirrors - "Streets of Fire, Heart of Ice" | BPM". Beatsperminute.com. 2013-07-26. Retrieved 2013-08-14.
- Menen, Arnie (2013-07-05). "Poptimes | Distortion Mirrors "Death By Love" Premieres on Under The Radar". Poptimesmagazine.com. Retrieved 2013-08-14.