Necessary Response

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Necessary Response
Necessary Response in Salt Lake City, UT, 2008, supporting De/Vision
Necessary Response in Salt Lake City, UT, 2008, supporting De/Vision
Background information
OriginLos Angeles, California
GenresElectro, Futurepop
Years active2000 – 2009
LabelsOut of Line (Europe)
Bractune (US)
Spinoff ofAesthetic Perfection
MembersDaniel Graves
WebsiteOfficial MySpace

Necessary Response was an electronic musical project created by Daniel Graves. According to Graves, the songs were produced from tracks which did not fit into the format of his other project, Aesthetic Perfection.

Beginning in early 2005, a forum thread on even featured a short debate on the identity of band members spurred by fan interest in the band. Previously, Machineries of Joy Vol. 3, a compilation from industrial/EBM label Out of Line, was released containing the track "Forever." At the time, there were no online sources which could provide information on the band. Fans on the forum expressed interest in the artist, but no one could initially provide information on the identity of the person or persons involved with the project.

Necessary Response in Salt Lake City, UT, 2008, supporting De/Vision.

The name of the project, a play on the name of the band Imperative Reaction, was chosen as a result of an inside joke between Graves and a friend while also describing Graves' "musical situation at the time."[1] Graves created a MySpace account for Necessary Response using a false identity and location in Southern Sweden in an attempt to distance himself from the project and spark more interest. As a result, Graves was able to temporarily keep his identity a secret. Shortly before announcing the release date of the debut album, Graves added his own name and location to the bands' MySpace page and publicly admitted to being the artist behind the project.

On March 16, 2007 (coincidentally Graves' birthday) Blood Spills Not Far From the Wound was released, and in February 2008, Necessary Response toured the U.S. promoting the album and supporting synthpop act De/Vision.

On April 22, 2009, Daniel Graves posted a blog entry on the Necessary Response MySpace page effectively ending the project in order to focus on Aesthetic Perfection. That same year, Necessary Response performed their final concert at the Kinetik Festival in Montreal.[2]

On September 13, 2012, the official Aesthetic Perfection Facebook page posted: "I wish there was a way to telepathically project, to everyone, that Necessary Response is dead, buried, and will not return... ever."[3]

On October 16, 2015 Daniel Graves released Blood Spills Not Far From The Wound under The Aesthetic Perfection Banner. This reissue features updated vocals, and a completely new mix. Daniel will continue to perform these revamped Necessary Response songs during Aesthetic Perfection concerts.



Title Details Label Year
Blood Spills Not Far From the Wound CD, Album Out of Line Records (Germany)/Bractune Records (United States) 2007

Remixes of other artists

Title Details Track Title Artist Released By Year
Lucifer (Purgatory) CD, Single Lucifer (Necessary Response Remix) Blutengel Out of Line 2007
Durch Fremde Hand CD, Remix Album Blutrot (Quiet Heart Remix) L'Âme Immortelle Trisol 2008


Title Details Track Title Label Year
Machineries of Joy Vol. 3 2xCD, Limited Forever Out of Line 2004
Awake the Machines Vol. 5 2xCD, Limited Tomorrow (Edit) Out Of Line 2005
Extreme Sündenfall 6 2xCD Vapor Indigo 2007
Machineries Of Joy Vol. 4 2xCD, Limited Spilling Blood Out Of Line 2007
Sonic Seducer Cold Hands Seduction Vol. 69 2xCD Tomorrow Sonic Seducer 2007
Das Bunker 4: Brighter Than A Thousand Suns 2xCD Forever (Solitary Experiments Remix) Das Bunker 2008


  1. ^ "Necessary Response [ ]". Archived from the original on 2016-03-03.
  2. ^ "Featured Content on Myspace".
  3. ^ "Aesthetic Perfection on Facebook". Facebook. Archived from the original on 2022-04-30.[user-generated source]