The Deadfly Ensemble Release Eagerly Awaited Album "An Instructional Guide For Aspiring Arsonists"

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The avant garde LA quartet release their much-anticipated new record on September 11th through Projekt Records.

An Instructional Guide For Aspiring Arsonists, aggressively promises to expand the territories of the Deadfly map

Following the release of their hypnotic and quixotic video for “Commercial Success” and a baffling yet brilliant record release show at club night Deadcadence in Los Angeles’s Chinatown district, LA quintet The Deadfly Ensemble unveiled their strongest effort to date, An Instructional Guide For Aspiring Arsonists, which aggressively promises to expand the territories of the Deadfly map. Released through Projekt records on September 11th, An Instructional Guide For Aspiring Arsonists finds the troop mutating their sound and broadening their scope, drawing lines from post-punk apocalypse to post-traumatic flower pressing to tragicomic super villainy while remaining true to their original inspiration of esoteric and diverse acts like Current 93 and Virgin Prunes.

Audiences were as captivated as they were confused by recent shows headlining the San La Muerte Festival in San Antonio and the band’s own album release show in which they performed a series of storm-swept, spindly selections dressed in their best corporate attire and flanked by office personnel in a show that left the puzzled audience glued in place until club security ushered them away. For a band that already questioned boundaries, An Instructional Guide For Aspiring Arsonists is still an ambitious lunge forward in its blend of art, run(a)way theater and gallows humor.

The Deadfly Ensemble are barely recognizable from the duo that fused folk and post-punk to garner their debut as a coveted opening spot for neo-folk legends Death in June in 2005. Over the years, the Deadfly Ensemble has collected a full band of misfits and miscreants, like a travelling circus of ex-cons or a gallery of timeless villains. Founded by vocalist and guitarist Lucas Lanthier, who made a name for himself as the charming clown prince of flamboyant deathrock darlings Cinema Strange, and unsettlingly suave bassist James Rupert Powell, the Deadfly Ensemble has been fully fleshed out with the addition of prickly cellist Marzia Rangel, pounding percussionist Dizhan Blu, and gutter-haunt guitarist Steven James. This full-fledged incarnation of The Deadfly Ensemble creates a bristling bouquet of baroque punk, boasting as many stinging nettles as roses.

The Deadfly Ensemble’s third album, An Instructional Guide For Aspiring Arsonists, marks the Los Angeles quintet’s first release for the Projekt record label and showcases the group at their most daringly diverse, balancing Western-tinged juggernauts with synth-saturated machinations while shocking the hell out of their original stark post-folk sound, a Frankenstein monster surging to life with the arsenic charm of a Clockwork Orange droog. From a band that constantly confounds expectations, it’s no wonder that The Deadfly Ensemble are at their most accessible in the progressive goth quilt work of An Instructional Guide For Aspiring Arsonists.

The eagerly awaited third offering from The Deadfly Ensemble, An Instructional Guide For Aspiring Arsonists is out now through Projekt Records.

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