Break Up the Dance
"From the way the guys from Severe Severe talk about music life, it's obvious they are serious about their craft and devoted to forward thinking. After checking out their live show at Valentine's last week, those attitudes became clearly apparent along with the fact that there's more to this music than recordings have captured. The band's live performance allows Severe Severe to speak in it's true voice-original and a bit touched. Demons of influences past have burned, and what has emerged smolders as innovative art rock. Severe Severe is giving you more than a dive bar show. What they offer is a shared experience, something for you to bear witness to. Three figures, backlit, shrouded in thick energy, emerge through a virtual curtain of dark sound. Overall, the music is an absorbing blend of heavy rock and synthetic electronics. Nico Jordan's reverberating vocals and signature guitar draw the listener into a space where-NYC performance art style-the blinking, squinting, twitching eye of Horus peers from a television set, searching out the audience. Bryan Hogan's complex tom work digs into the core of each song as vintage visual projections onto the drum kit itself reference religio-political imagery. Pulling it all together, Mike Capritta's low end drives the sound from the underside with the coolest f'in bass tone you've heard-ever. As the set progresses, the stage becomes an island of aggressive angst while the band creates more sound than seems possible for three dudes. Severe Severe performs with totalizing intensity and deep anxiety. Holistic in their creative approach, they are a moment of Brooklyn here in Albany. In the coming months, audiences can look forward to the release of their new recording "Break Up the Dance" and to watching these guys fully liberate their frenzied electric voodoo live. There's something going on here that's definitely worth checking out. This live show is inspired." Mishel Filisha - Albany Examiner "Severe Severe sound more like a band from London circa 1982 via "Joy Division," and yet also eerily like they are kindred spirits of Big Black/Nick Cave. Employing Travis Bean model guitar and bass, along with synthetic pulses, analog tones and jarring off-kilter beats, Severe Severe are a powerful blend of the aforementioned bands referenced, all the while maintaining a vivid authenticity and timbre." Vic Lazar - Buffalo Shows.