AntiQuark
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AntiQuark

La Jolla, California, United States

La Jolla, California, United States
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Jun
15
AntiQuark @ Dream Street Live

San Diego, California, USA

San Diego, California, USA

May
22
AntiQuark @ Puka Bar, 710 W Willow St,, Long Beach, California 90806

Long Beach, California, USA

Long Beach, California, USA

May
01
AntiQuark @ Beauty Bar The

San Diego, California, USA

San Diego, California, USA

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“...it's industrial and original. It sounds almost retro ’80s with a new-age influence. I liked it a lot, actually...I would say they’re similar to Rob Zombie, Nine Inch Nails, maybe Tool...I think they’re a little bit ahead of their time...”. - San Diego Reader (USA)


“...It is an independent departure from mainstream, with roots to many techno and other forms of music world-wide but mainly European, specifically the large electronic movement in England and Germany. Each song experiments with different sounds...giving the music a sense of diversity and ingenuity...current band’s music falls into the electronic genre as well as pop, experimental and dance. <The> audiences, just as <the> sound, are eclectic and diverse. AntiQuark has entertained fans of all ages, races and of all musical tastes. Tracks from ‘SkyDancer’ are brimming with energy, having both a haunting and uplifting feel at the same time. The mixture of elements transcends popular music and creates a distinctive profound quality.” - Musician Spotlight (USA)


"AntiQuark is a San Diego electronic music duo with an international feel and flair...[They] recently returned from a tour of Europe. Their new CD is SkyDancer from Hungry Eye Records. Their music is first composed on the computer, “a tool and jumping-off point” says Ant.” - San Diego Reader (USA)


“AntiQuark e’ un gruppo americano formato nel 2001 a San Diego – California da Ant Dakini, una producer, tastierista e ingegnere del suono, nota negli anni ’90 come chitarrista del gruppo Hex: punk-hardcore femminile (in tour con Bikini Kill e Team Dresch).
[Translation]:AntiQuark is an American band formed in 2001 in San Diego – California by Ant Dakini, a producer, keyboardist and sound-engineer, known in the 90s as the guitarist of the band, Hex: female-punk-hardcore (on tour with Bikini Kill & Team Dresch).”
- CultCorner Info (Italy)


The other day, someone turned me onto a relatively new band, AntiQuark, and their new CD, Sky Dancer, out now on Hungry Eye Records. AntiQuark is threaded by electronica, rock, pop and a kind of new-new wave style. Their first single, if you want to call it that, “Man From Mars” has a techno-club, dance beat behind a sensible pop melody.
The Atmospheric ethereality, notwithstanding, AntiQuark are a combo of pop music players nonpareil. The first track, “Man From Mars” was probably recorded as a label-catcher or radio-friendly fare, as its pop sensibility shows, but when one digs deeper, like “Planet X”, which mixes a mission control-to-spaceship radio contact sample with swirling sounds and an edgier beat, a song destined to be remixed infinitely for loud, danceteria club mixes. Besides the space connotations it evokes, “Planet X” also has a very sensual output to it, there’s something to it that would definitely bring two hot, sweaty club kids together in a feverish dervish sort of dance. “Shameless” is a sweaty, swinging minuet that oozes sex and is driven entirely by synths and drum machines.
The vocals on Sky Dancer remind me a little of The Wolfgang Press, but with a much more trance-inducing, mesmerizing, spaced-out, melting environment style.
Other songs worth mentioning are “Drawer 4”, another song that digs deeper into their electronica side along with “Planet X”, the latter of which starts out with samplings of mission control-to-spaceship radio transmissions and has an atmospheric, ethereal vibe to it that also gets all hot and bothered, with heated up sensuality and is sure to bring together two ecstasy and liquor-fueled club kids together.
Another song which leaves the space junk (ie, old satellites, orbiting scrap metal, etc, nothing to do with their awesome touch) behind and goes straight for the heart is “Aldila”, a slowed down, breathy sex storm of a song, just perfect for making love to, with its big beats, its quiet synth waves and whispered Italian lyrics, it is another kink in anyone who thinks this band is a one-song combo.
But it is a one-woman band. The entirety of AntiQuark is Ant Dakini, who founded AntiQuark in 2001 and since then has recruited SergioO to add the sensuality of his vocal style, which was a good move.
Besides being an innovative transcendent musician, Dakini is also a marine biologist who specializes in shark biology. So, she is a busy woman, to say the least, but a very studied woman as well as gifted with musical greatness.
Keep on listening and you should be tempted to buy the Sky Dancer for your next house party or for the next time you’re out clubbing and bring home some that special someone.
-KM - Reviewer Mag


Discography

AntiQuark: SkyDancer, CD 2009, HungryEye Records

AntiQuark: MiniSky, Demo CD 2007

AntiQuark: SkyD, CD 2005, Balistika Records,

AntiQuark: Neon H, CD 2004, Balistika Records, Award winning album

AntiQuark: Mask, CD 2002, Balistika Records

Music can be streamed at: http://www.reverbnation.com/antiquark and http://www.myspace.com/antiquark

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Bio

AntiQuark is a live electronic duo.
They make audiences dance through an electronic/techno core of sound mixed with experimental musings and avant-garde twists. Their shows are a hi-energy multimedia experience combining video and art installations.

AntiQuark was founded in California in 2001 by keyboardist Ant Dakini, the band received a fresh jolt of energy after singer SergioO joined in 2006.

Since their inception they've produced 5 albums, toured Europe 7 times and played in the USA and Mexico. They have performed at music festivals like MTV Tr3s, Fe/Male at Forte Prenestino in Rome, Giesserstrasse 16 in Liepzig, San Diego Pride and LadyFest Las Vegas.

They've shared the stage with Orgy, Pigface, Le Tigre, Bettina Koster, Red Flag, Godhead and The Last Dance.

In 2009 they released their latest album, SkyDancer, and also recorded a song for CHybernation, a CD tribute to Krisma (a popular Italian synthpop band from the Eighties).

AntiQuark's songs are featured in many compilations and have been remixed by international producers like Marc Urselli, Chris Reynolds (Red Flag), Steve Morell (Pale-Music, Germany), and Giulio Maddaloni.

They have been compared to Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, VNV Nation,
Dead Can Dance, New Order and Skinny Puppy.