.Love Your Local Band: 12 Decembers

Melody Egbert was writing dubstep songs when they met Myles Stevens, who was also doing their own dubstep music. The two together decided to collaborate and went in a completely different direction, creating highly emotional, shoegaze-influenced pop music.

“I always felt that my life was the end of some sort of teen movie, and I wanted to write those songs because it was what I was feeling,” Egbert says. “I’m glad I moved away from it (dubstep) because it was a little unrewarding to listen back to.”

The progressions in the songs are all at their core pretty basic song structures, but with the layers of instruments and vocals, it creates an ethereal sound that is immediately stirring, setting an intense mood that transcends any single part.

“Everyone involved with the project has been going through some shit in our lives that we wanted to get out,” Egbert says. “I know I personally really wanted to arrange songs that created something emotional out of something very simple.”

There are two other members in the band, Azuria Sky and Luna Moon, who both live in L.A., and haven’t yet played live with the group. There are some other local players that will accompany the group at their shows, depending on who’s available. Some of these people even make appearances on the recordings.

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It therefore makes sense that most of the band’s album covers and images have been blurry—though it also fits the band’s sound.

“We like to make very dreamy music, A little shoegaze-y. We want the imagery to reflect that,” Egberts says. “I think over time if our sound matures we might change the art style. But for the foreseeable future it is going to be blurry images and the rip-off My Bloody Valentine font.” 

INFO: 9 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10. Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. $8. 429-6994.


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