My Dear Disco
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My Dear Disco

Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States | SELF

Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States | SELF
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""Dancethink, MDD's latest, delivers modern dance-floor anthems . . .""


- The Onion


""My Dear Disco is an out-of-body experience.""


- - Urb Magazine


"". . . dangerously catchy electro-pop songs.""


- - Recoil Magazine


"“. . . all those with a taste for dance-rock inspired by 1980s sounds and heavy synths, take note.”"

“. . . all those with a taste for dance-rock inspired by 1980s sounds and heavy synths, take note.”
- - XLR8R


""Dance dance evolution.""

"Dance dance evolution."
- - The Colorado Springs Independent


"“It's that good. It's blazing hot.”"

“It's that good. It's blazing hot.”
- - ArjanWrites


"". . . one of the must see acts in Detroit and Ann Arbor.""

". . . one of the must see acts in Detroit and Ann Arbor."
- - The Detroit Fashion Pages


"" . . . genres spill gracefully all over the map of edgy punk-punched new wave, acrobatic instrumental jams, soulful grooves, throbbing house raves, and liberating dancefloor moonwalks.""

" . . . genres spill gracefully all over the map of edgy punk-punched new wave, acrobatic instrumental jams, soulful grooves, throbbing house raves, and liberating dancefloor moonwalks."
- - The Real Detroit


"". . . chock full of deliciously smooth synth-laden beats designed to send listeners swirling and whirling about the dance floor.""

". . . chock full of deliciously smooth synth-laden beats designed to send listeners swirling and whirling about the dance floor."

- - My Old Kentucky Blog


"“My God, disco is not dead and this band deserves credit for some of that life-saving CPR.”"

“My God, disco is not dead and this band deserves credit for some of that life-saving CPR.”
- - The Denver Post


Discography

- Dancethink LP
- Over The Noise EP

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Bio

Outside their university music school's studied classroom walls, after the textbooks had been closed for the night, a small group of students would come together for late-night electro-dance parties. In the ceremonial musk of their college house basement, the cerebral sounds of Miles Davis, Alice Coltrane, Sun Ra faded into the pulsing beats of Daft Punk, Michael Jackson, and Justice. As their friendships and passion for 4-on-the-floor house beats grew, those parties morphed into the dance band known today as My Dear Disco.

Their first public performance was during the summer of 2006 in a medieval castle at a film festival in the Czech Republic. When they came back, they decided to give this new band a name, and so "My Dear Disco" was born. They started playing regionally, hectically fitting shows in the cracks of their class schedules. By the time they hit graduation in April 2008, the band was catching on so quickly that they decided to take it full-time.

On stage, enigmatic lead singer Michelle Chamuel vocodes, harmonizes, manipulates, and effects her own voice live with a homemade key-tar, sings in English and French, belts through a megaphone half her size. Mad scientist and guitarist, Robert Lester, uses the electric guitar to conjure up massive soundscapes, other-wordly pads, and futuristic arena-rock solos. Synthesist and World Champion Irish Bagpiper Tyler Duncan draws from his own life to concoct a personal memoir in sound: childhood nostalgic 8-bit Nintendo basses, teenage-suppressed 90's techno power pads, college-dorm rediscoveries of Michael Jackon's Thriller leads, and modern-day inexplicable noises that have very little to do with this world. This explosive combination is held together by the rhythmic bond of bassist Christian Carpenter and drummer Mike Shea.

These influences coalesced to create what the band has coined "Dancethink Music." Some might call it high-brow guilty-pleasure dance music. At the end of the day, it's hard to find a genre to apply to a band of music degrees shamelessly enamored with catchy hooks, who wield a giant megaphone, shred Van Halen on electrified Irish bagpipes, write 80's-esque dance-rock anthems in 5/4, and re-sample themselves doing it live -- all to create a modern-day musical Frankenstein that will pull even the most self-conscious listener on to the dance floor.

In January of 2009, the band released their self-recorded, produced, and mixed debut, the "Dancethink LP," presenting what critics describe as "Modern dance-floor anthems," (The Onion), "An out-of-body experience," (Urb Magazine), and "Dangerously catchy," (Recoil Magazine).

Their production work on that album has turned them into sought-after producers and remixers of other artists. Their remix of Kanye West's "Love Lockdown," earned a review from ArjanWrites.com saying "This remix blows all the other ones out of the water. Yes. It's that good. It's blazing hot.� Most recently, they were commissioned by Scion to remix legendary producer Todd Edward's (of Daft Punk collaborative fame) most recent single as a part of an internationally released EP, alongside European producers Feadz, Joy Orbison, and MJ Cole.

Still a live band at heart, they have been described as "An electronic group that is not afraid to rock out."(Windy City Times), where "Genres spill gracefully all over the map of edgy punk-punched new wave" (The Real Detroit), with “Buoyant vocals, New Wave-era synthesizers, the occasional electrified bagpipe, and “a fashion sense that seems inspired by Grace Jones by way of Salvador Dali.� (The Pittsburgh Tribune).

Having performed over 200 shows in the last 2 years, My Dear Disco has toured from Alaska to Boston, driving in a waste-vegetable powered airport shuttle bus. They have been featured on Fox Network's "Fearless Music" (airing to 45 million TV's in America), been named the BMI Artist of the Month, had their music featured by Melrose Place, opened for Boys Like Girls, have had a video featured in Pepsi's "Refresh Music" campaign, and were named one of the most promising bands in the country by the American Eagle New Music Union. They have done this entirely with out the assistance or support of a record label.

Now the band is in the process of writing and recording their next record, alongside a live schedule that is as busy as ever, with tours out to both coasts of the country and a number of national festivals, including Lalapalooza, Summer Camp, Floyd Fest, and more.