In Tenebris

In Tenebris

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In Tenebris is a unique collaboration of guitar, bass, keyboards and percussion with haunting female vocals. These elements give rise to original music that is both heavy and ethereal.

Biography

Singer Christina Fleming and guitarist Jdavyd Williams founded In Tenebris as a creative outlet, but both brought a wealth of musical education to the band; Christina, a student of classical voice and has a degree in music from the University of Virginia, while Jdavyd, skilled in music programming / production, has eight years of classical guitar training. The band filled out their rhythm section with bassist Nathaniel Acker who is studying Jazz Bass at William and Mary and popular local drummer Michael Johnson. Marshall Camden recently moved from Virginia Beach to join the band as their keyboardist.

~2007 Shows with Bella Morte,
Jaxx-DC, Hartford Underground-CT, Divas-
Northampton, MA , I-Rock-Detroit, Code
Blue-Nashville
~In February 2007 In Tenebris opened for
Universal recording artist OURS at D.C.'s Rock and
Roll Hotel
~In December 2006 In Tenebris headlined a special
event at Central Virginia's popular Starr Hill venue.
~In November 2006 In Tenebris was selected to
open the Jagermiester Tour in Virginia
~In July 2006 received accolades from CBS Rockstar
band leader Paul Mirkovich and audience for their
show at Boardner's in Hollywood.
~In February 2006 played an encore
performance to enthusiastic audience for their
first show in NYC
~In December 2006 they were selected to play the
main stage by Club Nation in DC.
~In October 2005 In Tenebris won Battle of the
Bands in Raleigh. North Carolina

INTERVIEW
By: Matthew Johnson at RE GEN Magazine

Tell us a little about how In Tenebris began. How did you get together, and how did you come up with the concept of the band?

Christina: Jdavyd and I began writing music together around the age of 15. From the very beginning, we have had this really intense musical connection which has evolved to be what it is today. There was never really a 'concept' for the band, per se.

You both have strong backgrounds in classical music, right? How does that training contribute to what you do in In Tenebris?

Jdavyd: I studied classical guitar for eight years. My teacher specialized in baroque and flamenco styles.

Christina: I began studying classical voice around the time that Jdavyd and I met, and which I continue to do today. The classical training has equipped both of us with certain tools and knowledge of our instruments we wouldn't have otherwise.

You have a full-length album coming out 2007. What can you tell us about it?

Christina: I will admit the song line-up has changed a few times, partly because we keep writing new ones that we get excited about. As of now, we plan to have 10 songs on the CD, including four from our EP.

The vocal production on your first release is excellent. What's your studio set-up like? What kind of gear do you use, and in particular how were the vocals recorded?

Jdavyd: All of our songs start and end with Steinberg's Cubase, currently version SX3. For me, the interface and work-flow create the perfect balance between sequencing the music and finishing the product. I've got an Aphex tube preamp that isn't made anymore that's great for warming up the signal before it hits the computer, and I use Waves plug-ins for compression as well as reverb and delay.

Your songs incorporate some very strong guitar parts in addition to the electronic elements like keyboards and drum machines. With rock music on one end of the spectrum and electronic on the other, where do you think In Tenebris fits?

Jdavyd: I try to not think about what we're writing and where it fits in the music world. I'd like to think that we create something that transcends genre labels. The members of In Tenebris listen to all kinds of music, not strictly rock or electronic styles, and what we create reflects that multitude of influence.

How difficult is it to transfer your sound, with the vocal layering and electronics, to the live setting?

Jdavyd: It's certainly not a standard "rock band" setup, that's for sure! The biggest step for us was the integration of live drums, which did complicate things a bit but has been completely worth the effort. We are currently using a hybrid, half triggered and half acoustic drum set. We also don't use standard amps at live shows; both the guitar and bass rigs are built around Tech 21 Sansamp systems, which are completely analog. This means we have the portability without the canned digital sound. For our backing tracks, we use an Alesis ADAT HD24. The versions of the tracks that we use live are slightly different, mostly to account for the live drums and to fill up space where some of the layered guitar tracks sit on the album versions.

You recently played your first West Coast shows. How did that go, and is there a chance of a bigger U.S. tour when the album comes out? Do you have other upcoming plans you'd like to share with our readers?

Jdavyd: I can't think of any way the trip to California could have gone be

Lyrics

Havoc

Written By: Jdavyd Williams

daylight brings another tear, another fallen in your name
with one blink the fire comes and claims a life that never came
and no words can soothe the heart thats torn forever from its love
only questions of the one who really rules from up above

there is nothing left for me
no choice to make or to decide
every single bridge you burn
is one less day that you survive
if the world must be this way
i cant resign myself to fate
every step and every breath
to find a way to kill this hate

if the world is meant for peace then i ask why we all must fight
with our fists we do not rise but fall yet further from the light
not one man can tell me why a stranger is his enemy
except for the books he has read and for the words that he believes

there is nothing left for me
no choice to make or to decide
every single bridge you burn
is one less day that you survive
if the world must be this way
i cant resign myself to fate
every step and every breath
to find a way to kill this hate

taste this blood upon your lips
take my life if its your wish

death is not the answer to this quest for your equality
though you claim to search for truth its emptiness that you will see
if thats how you wish to live then that is how you'll find your death
battle till your final day and attack till your final breath

there is nothing left for me
no choice to make or to decide
every single bridge you burn
is one less day that you survive
if the world must be this way
i cant resign myself to fate
every step and every breath
to find a way to kill this hate

if the world must be this way
i cant resign myself to fate
every step and every breath
to find a way to kill this hate

At Sea

Written By: Jdavyd Williams

rain outside the window pane
reminds me of the life i used to lead
no one to be
every day the others come
and tell me all the things i should believe
and what to see
this is no life to live
come and take my hand and we will leave
and wait for the wind
at sea

the future is calling me
leading us away to soon be free
to live and breathe
trust me now and dont look back
i know that you are hurt and long to sleep
and feel release
from this life
come and take my hand and we will leave
and wait for the wind
at sea

come and take my pain away
ive always tried to live as they would have me
and still they leave
here and now ive found myself
and i have never felt so well believed
when you hear me
i will give all that i have
but never think of what they take from me
when no one sees
with you i will walk away
we'll never need the things that they would bring
and we will wait
at sea

Chrysalis

Written By: Anna Christina Fleming

Fixating on my wounds again
Pulling at my limbs just to see how far I bend
Persuing every detail in my skin
I am self dissection and I cherish every pin

This genocide behind my eyes
Disposes of any piece that threatens to defy
it never rests shedding every useless thing
as I stretch towards complete autonomy

Chorus:
I have forgotten
How it feels
To be clean and
To be just me
I am not lost I
am just in hiding
to be held by time
and take back my life

I'll push this far enough to see
How to take control over every part of me
I contain everything I need
To know that I'm alive all I have to do is breathe

Alone, safe with the company I keep
except the needling of thoughts, pushed in way too deep
I fear the ache that finds me in my sleep
I know I can't run faster than the blood black night can creep

bridge: Filling me up
making me whole
holding me close
letting me grow. freeing my soul.

Torch Song

Written By: Christina Fleming

I know I'm strong
that I can carry on
I just need a little reminding sometimes

I feel no shame
that I can carry pain
I know it's only a tribute
to what’s is no longer there

and I'll wait for you
It's all I ever do
and I'll break through
I promise this to you

These hands are mine
but they can be so unkind
for reaching out for something that’s
not there to find

Your love has changed
It always waxed and waned
It's left me holding on
and hoping you'll return again

and I'll wait for you
It's all I ever do
and I'll break through
I promise this to you

Fear To Breathe

Written By: Jdavyd Williams

I can still feel you here
traces you left to reappear
I cannot escape this aching dread
clouds forever drift inside my head

I am still lost for this dream
you will lose too, or so it seems
nothing left for us in this decay
nothing left and still you run away

You don’t have the will to see
all I hold inside of me
in despair we both will sleep
so far gone, I fear to breathe
in my heart I keep these things
you know hope and what it brings
for everything I'll never see
forever I will fear to breathe

As you turn to walk away
I still know how far we came
tears I know I must obey
I have nothing left for you to blame

You don’t have the will to see
all I hold inside of me
in despair we both will sleep
so far gone, I fear to breathe
in my heart I keep these things
you know hope and what it brings
for everything I'll never see
forever I will fear to breathe

and in your eyes I can see all the fears of my own
I hold out my hands but it seems you are already gone

Holy Ghost

Written By: Jdavyd Williams

Look away, these eyes are bleeding and not to be seen
I desire, when purity does not mean you are clean
pray for life, not for light but escape from the night
If you ask I can show you meaning without right

You are blind to come to me
as you die then you will see
without faith and without hope
I’ll be yours the holy ghost
nothing left to set you free
as you die then you will see
what you ask what you want most
I’ll be yours the holy ghost

and I want to bleed
I want to be free
I want to hear you cry
I want you to believe
and I want to see
I want to hear you scream
I want to see you die
I want you to believe

Falling down, one more tear to wash your life away
one more lie, one more nervous word I’ll hear you say
pray to die, pray that you wont live to see the day
only now, can you see that I’ve shown you the way

You are blind to come to me
as you die then you will see
without faith and without hope
I’ll be yours, the holy ghost
nothing left to set you free
as you die then you will see
what you ask… what you want most
I’ll be yours the holy ghost

and I want to bleed
I want to be free
I want to hear you cry
I want you to believe
and I want to see
I want to hear you scream
I want to see you die
I want you to believe

Discography

Fall Apart EP, Released 2005
The Depths EP, Released 2006
CD Release 2007

Set List

All I Ever Wanted
Haunted
Chrysalis
Cluster
Love Cats
Match
Havoc
Sunrise
When I Was Blue
Fear To Breathe

In Tenebris set normally runs between 45 minutes and one hour or more as required.