Light Asylum

Light Asylum

 New York City, New York, USA
BandEDMGothic

Light Asylum is a metaphor for the lack of genuine self-expression in the world, where people suppress their sexuality, their creativity, their entire lives. This music is for them and for people to realize that they’re not alone. The music is dark, but it’s at a place where you can see there is light at the end of the tunnel. The darkness isn’t all around us; it’s inside us.

LIGHT ASYLUM recently toured Europe with Coco Rosie, opened for LCD Soundsystem and Gang Gang Dance, played at the Whi

Biography

LIGHT ASYLUM, the duo of Shannon Funchess and Bruno Coviello, is Williamsburg Brooklyn's answer to the reemergence of new romantics. Like their predecessors, they have a penchant for walking on the dark side while carrying the torch to new dawns of rapturous, post-punk, new wave and industrial sounds. Funchess moved to New York City in 2001 and started lending her powerful vocal talents to the work of then up-and-coming groups like TV on the Radio, !!! and Telepathe. Coviello, on the other hand, grew up in Newark, New Jersey, making club tracks and house music. It wasn’t until a few years ago, when they were both in bands on tour with the rap group Bunny Rabbit, that they met and bonded over their arcane musical tastes. “With Bruno I wanted to start from scratch,” says Funchess. “We did that and there was just no question.” In coming together, they have produced some of the most powerful, dark and emotional music that has come out of Brooklyn in a long, long time. To figure out how that’s possible, you just need to hear Funchess explain it: “To me Light Asylum is a metaphor for the lack of genuine self-expression in the world, where people suppress their sexuality, their creativity, their entire lives. This music is for them and for people to realize that they’re not alone. The music is dark, but it’s at a place where you can see there is light at the end of the tunnel. The darkness isn’t all around us; it’s inside us.”

LIGHT ASYLUM recently toured Europe with Coco Rosie, opened for LCD Soundsystem and Gang Gang Dance, played at the MoMA PS1 and the Whitney Biennial, and were named one of the top ten bands to watch in 2010 by NME Magazine.

Discography

'In-Tension' tour EP (self-released)