ScientificLifestyle

ScientificLifestyle

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ScientificLifestyle combines electronic music, rock, and soul. Nicole Porter's sweet and sultry voice floats above funky synth bass lines and big beats. The band's groove oriented music keeps audiences dancing at live shows and the band incorporates live improvisation sections in the performances.

Biography

ScientificLifestyle - Biography

From the lilting, sophisticated jazz-pop tack of “Chinatown Swan” to the vital, melodic keyboard lines that drive “Glee Slipper,” L.A.’s ScientificLifestyle creates an alluring and sensual experience on its new EP The Arrow. The follow-up to its acclaimed 2006 debut album, Modern Sounds for the New Era – which All Music Guide heralded as “breathtaking” in its 4-star review – finds this exotic, groove-based trio taking a great leap forward with a less-is-more approach.

Built on the creative axis of producers/musicians Zach Grace and Darius Holbert – with respective backgrounds in electronic music and gospel/blues – and coupled with the soul and jazz charms of adept chanteuse Nicole Porter, SciLi continues to hone in on its own uniquely cohesive musical brand with The Arrow. After delving into heavier, alt-rock-styled material on the debut, Holbert, who has worked with artists as diverse as Wu-Tang Clan and Sophie B. Hawkins explains, “We really tried to stay closer to the groove-driven influences this time out. That’s not to say we’ve completely relieved ourselves of our rock leanings, but the narrower focus just makes more sense.”

“I think it naturally lends itself to my vocal style, which comes from soul and jazz,” says Porter, who is easy on the eyes, has a lengthy theatrical background and, curiously enough has performed with both Jane’s Addiction and Aerosmith. Yet her fit with Grace and Holbert’s artful, velvety concoctions are nothing short of ideal, pointing The Arrow straight at the hearts at the same cultured music devotees that gave Imogen Heap and Portishead lift off.

Reconstructing the artful, Paula (Dido, Elton John, INXS, New Radicals) Jones-assisted Modern Sounds for the New Era and its brilliantly immediate emphasis track “A Fraud” for The Arrow has again reaped winning results. Re-teaming with Jones in a tracking and mixing role, ScientificLifestyle’s sonic end product is unlike any other outfit in pop.

It’s a notion enforced by the EP’s aforementioned, suggestively charged “Chinatown Swan,” which finds Porter reminding her subject, “She can turn you on.” When the mood shifts to the glistening “Glee Slipper,” Porter asserts, “Thoughts of you fill me up all through the night” as melodic keyboard lines define the song’s urgent but urbane allure.

The arguable standout is “Or,” which reminds us that a quirky, electronic pop number can be airwave ready without being an innocuous, vapid insult to the listener’s intelligence. If given the chance, this contagious, inventive and deserving anthem would be thumping out of a million MP3 players.

Equally distinct is way the trio morphs into a quartet – sans non-touring member Grace – for live performances. “I actually don’t perform live with the band,” Zack concedes, of his untraditional role in the group. “So as songwriters we’re a trio and for live work we become a quartet.” At one point a six-piece, with two guitarists and a bass player for live responsibilities, Grace says SciLi “found that we got better mixes when we stripped down our approach.”

For Zach, who previously worked as an A&R rep, comes from an electronic production background and was responsible for the Billboard chart topping hit “Beautiful Outside, he understands the stigma affixed to many electronic-based acts. “A lot of electronic bands seem to be, um, pretty poor live. You know, ‘Hit the button on the laptop and let the computer do the show’,” he laughs. “The thing that we’ve always done with this band – because we all come from different perspectives – is work with a lot of styles and not emphasize electronic over everything else.”

That philosophy forged this unlikely partnership a few years ago when a mutual friend helped align Grace’s programming talents and guitar lines (bolstered by a master’s degree in music from NYU) with Holbert’s composition background and highly respected session and studio work. Soon after, Porter joined forces. Within a year of its inception SciLi had its first record completed. Boasting Jones – who lent her vision – and players like drummer Frank Ferrer (The Psychedelic Furs), guitarist Ben Kishaba (Jude) and bassist Joe Dunne (Ben Taylor), Scientific Lifestyle was championed for its vast musical scope.

Still the core trio felt challenged to bring cohesion to their sound. When it came time to write for the new EP, the key driver was to unify its sound and ensure its live presence. “Our first record was predominantly a studio project. We played out some, but it wasn’t until we had the first record finalized and worked through it in a live setting that we knew what we could be,” says Darius.

“With this record, we made sure everything was played out live before we recorded it,” says Zach. “Which is tricky when you’re doing electronic stuff. In addition, I’m mainly a guitar player. So I played on the original demo versions and then I handed them off to the band’s live guitarist. Becaus

Lyrics

Flight 273

Written By: ScientificLifestyle

Flight 273

We meet again
And then again we never know when

You ikon eyes
New York all night watching the sunrise

Forever is no time at all
Space between us will have to fall

I'm leaving tomorrow
I couldn't love any one any more than I love you
I'm stealin' what's borrowed
Just one more moment alone with you

Night becomes day
Ending our dream of running away

I have to go
Future unsure let's enjoy the show

Forever is no time at all
Space between us will have to fall

I'm leaving tomorrow
I couldn't love any one any more than I love you
I'm stealin' what's borrowed
Just one more moment alone with you

Or

Written By: ScientificLifestyle

She was hangin' at the laundymat
Thinking where he's at
Three thousand miles away

Something strange about the voice on the phone
Made her feel so alone
What can you say?

He was here he was an uphill climb
Just killing time
Building castles in the sand

Now he's gone he said well send me a letter
Cuz I like that better
Love in the hand

Whoa yeah
Whoa yeah
Whoa yeah
Whoa yeah

Stole the contents of my minibar
Who do you think you are
Motherfucking Dillinger (expletive deleted in "Radio Edit')

You're no better than the one before
I hate to see you leave
But I love to watch you go

La la la la la la la la la la la la la la
Is what I think of your demands

Now it's my turn I say send me a letter
Cuz I like that better
Love in the hand

Whoa yeah
Whoa yeah
Whoa yeah
Whoa yeah

Thought you were the one, yeah
Jesus was too fun, whoa
I thought you were the one
Jesus was way too much fun

Whoa yeah
Whoa yeah
Whoa yeah
Whoa yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Whoa yeah
Whoa yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Whoa yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Discography

The Arrow EP (Release Date: July 26, 2007)

ScientificLifestyle's record "Modern Sounds for the New Era" has been added on over 180 college radio stations across the United States and Canada. The band's first single "A Fraud" has been programmed on Yahoo LaunchCast's Alternative Station. “A Fraud” was GarageBand.com’s “Song Of The Day” on April 21st, 2006. On May 10, 2006, “A Fraud”, “Paper Doll”, and “Masterpiece” entered the top ten chart of most sideloaded tracks on Live 365.

Set List

The band plays 45 minute sets two to three times a week. No cover songs.

Typical Set List:

1. Chinatown Swan
2. Or
3. Glee Slipper
4. Flight 273
5. Avatar
6. Somnambulist
7. La Rochefoucauld
8. Crazy