ADVAETA: Post Punk, Noise, Rock and a Lovely Friendship

ADVAETA: Post Punk, Noise, Rock and a Lovely Friendship

Adriana SaboThursday,23 April 2015

“Female,” “post punk,” “drone,” “noise,” “catchy melody.” According to, this is how you describe the upcoming album by ADVAETA, which is in Bandcamp’s “New and Notable Bands” category. They were truly right, since ADVAETA — a trio formed by Brooklyn based musicians Lani Combier-Kapel, Amanda Salane and Sara Fantry — is a real discovery. “With a complex sound that is heavily melodic, loud and textural, they grind velvet harmonies and lush noise into a landscape that is both evocative and wholly enveloping,” says their profile. In other words, ADVAETA takes many genres and layers, deconstructs them and puts them back into something that is at the same time beautifully melodic and harsh, strong and full of sound and noise.

ADVAETA will release their debut album, titled Death and the Internet, on  April 28th, and from the preview they’ve given us, these women are no beginners. They first started playing more than six years ago, at a benefit gig at Ridgewood DIY spot House of Yes. Since then, the road has been both rocky and fun, and it seems that Death and the Internet is the product of precisely this kind of experience. Sara Fantry and Amanda Salane, who play the guitars, and drummer Lani Combier-Kapel were all born in New York City and grew up together, playing after school. They all have quite a lot of experience with music — both classical and “popular.” Namely, Fantry and Combier-Kapel attended Manhattan’s Fiorello LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, while Fantry, a daughter of an opera singer, studied singing. Also, as a true punk soul, Combier-Kapel,  who actually happened to be a member of the New York City Opera, ran away from this world into visual arts and then developed an interest in punk and rock. The three of them grew together and so did their music. This is how Death and the Internet was born, many years after the band’s first gig. Combier-Kapel comments on the album, saying: ““I think it’s about healing.” This thought is developed further by Fantry: “There’s a lot of anger at prior relationships,” and making music was a way to overcome that.

The album contains nine tracks, and judging by the handful of songs from the album that can be heard via ADVATEA’s Bandcamp channel, this will be one hell of a debut. The three bandmates play spectacularly, kicking some serious ass in the process. Their music is serious — in a way that they don’t mess around — and can be fully appreciated only after being listened to more than once. The energy is fantastic, as is the production, and the mass of sound and emotion the band makes will knock your socks off. What makes this music so excellent — besides the indisputable talent of the ADVATEA — is the friendship that lies behind it. Even though it is harsh, sometimes even chaotic, it is perfectly logical, complete, even harmonious. ADVATEA is ready to take the world by surprise with Death and the Internet. I can’t wait and see where it gets them next.

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