New York, NY (PRWEB) January 17, 2012
Vajra begins the new year and the countdown to Armageddon with their multi-media performance at The Mercury Lounge on Friday, January 27 at 8PM (doors at 7:30pm). It will be a magical, mystical evening as they open for Killcode and are joined by Starkiller, The Compulsions and Stoned Fire.
The band will perform songs from their debut album “Pleroma”, a haunting exploration of paradox, written during Annamaria Pinna’s self-imposed exile in India. Annamaria’s powerful vocals are highlighted by Blake Fleming (ex-The Mars Volta) on drums, Doug Wright (The Dirty Pearls) on bass, and Will Dahl (ex-Harley’s War) on guitar.
Vajra’s music is hauntingly dark and hypnotic weaving Eastern Indian themes with melodic, progressive rock creating foreboding and mysterious lullabies. Sylvia Massy (Tool, System of A Down, Prince, Johnny Cash) co-produced the vocals and mixed. Tom Baker (NIN, Foo Fighters, Ministry, Prince) mastered.
The band is quickly generating a buzz after releasing their first single “Inside The Flame”. Virgin America selected Vajra’s single “Erode The Will” for their In-Flight Entertainment Series, and Vajra's music is showcased on various internet radio stations, podcasts, and music websites.
“Any good band, no matter what the sex of their vocalist, starts with a musician. Someone who can feel the soul inside of music, who can conjure music from their own soul, and express it somehow. Annamaria Pinna is not only a talented musician, but one hell of a conjurer as well. In her voice, there is not only emotion, but power, truth, a sort of sense that there is more to music than just what we can hear. Vajra does not rely on Pinna’s presence, or even her strong voice - it’s clear that the band works as one to create their sound. The music itself is atmospheric, at once ethereal yet stirring. Part of you wants to meditate, part of you wants to move, go out, do things. Just as that paradox exists, there is also a paradox of hard and soft in Vajra’s sound. It’s the kind of music that means something different for each listener, in every different situation it’s listened to. Vajra have created a world of sound that never falls short of what it promises. “
- Kamilah Varushka, Catastrophe Ballerina (Jan 07, 2012)
“Every now and again, we come across someone amazing – someone who is actually worth our three or four minutes of play. … Vajra is definitely one of those extraordinary bands. They are a combination of genres we were not expecting.”
- Through The Sound Barrier (Jan 03, 2012)
"If you like bands like Siouxsie and the Banshees or Morcheeba or are just looking for something different, this is it. They performed with a grace that will float you to another world. Vajra is here and I hope they will stay for a long time."
-Swarm Magazine (Dec 01, 2012)
"Vajra-Music with Passion. Kudos for creating some music different from everything out there at the moent. There is flavor from other cultures embedded in the music giving it depth and an exotic feel. The artist has an interesting story about their background which seems evident in the sonics and style of their music. It takes me back to the creativity of Kate Bush. I want to see there this artist goes in the future."
-Holly Hutchison (former A&R Executive at Capitol Records & Atlantic Records)
"Vajra was formed by composer, singer and multi-instrumentalist, Annamaria Pinna …[while living] in India, and you can indeed hear an exotic influence in her songs, which though carry a very western tension and darkness. Overall her uptempo music could be described like an alt-rock version of Dead Can Dance. We are sure there is a numerous group of teenagers somewhere in the US suburbs who can fall in love with this lady and her tenebrous music."
- The Deli Magazine NYC, The Deli Magazine NYC (Oct 07, 2011)
"Newcomer Vajra to Set Underground NYC Music Scene Ablaze: Debut Single “Inside The Flame” Released, Vajra’s First Album “Pleroma” to Follow in Spring 2012...."
- Yahoo News (Sep 13, 2011)
"Take a trip to India with Vajra. You want something new? This is It"
- Through the Sound Barrier (Aug 18, 2011)
Tickets for the January 27th performance at The Mercury Lounge are $10 presale and and are available for $12 at the box office. For more information, contact :The Mercury Lounge at: 27 East Houston Street, NY, NY 10002 (212 260-4700. or online at: http://www.mercuryloungenyc.com/search/?q=vajra
Vajra currently does not have a record deal.
For more info about Vajra, please go to the following pages at:
The singles, “Inside The Flame” and “Erode The Will” are available on Itunes here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/vajra/id458093151