With enchanting dream goth/ shoegaze tracks, Brass Box take listeners on a journey through life, death and the darkness that swells beneath the surface. Duo, Ammo Bankoff and Neil Popkin originally met several years prior at an underground new wave/ goth party in Los Angeles. The bands in which Bankoff played (Tête, Black Flamingo) occasionally shared bills with Popkin’s bands (War Tapes, Rituals). Due to their musical connection both musicians naturally collaborated. Popkin then brought in guitarist Matt Bennett (War Tapes) and drummer Pablo Amador (Rituals), to round out the heavy sounds of Brass Box. Since joining forces the quartet has assembled lush compositions of melody and noise while recording in their Downtown Los Angeles home studio. Some describe the sound as a mix between My Bloody Valentine and Cocteau Twins, but you can decide for yourself.
Inspired by the divine feminine, gothic and antique imagery, and the organic fecundity of nature, Dol Ikara brings timely themes to this day and age of non-violence, gentle strength and female empowerment. Dol Ikara -- the musical project of Claire Roddy -- harkens back to the unfolding of music made decades ago, as each song is recorded live. The sound pulls from many sources, from dark wave to gothic rock to post-rock. Various musical influences include Mazzy Star, Sonic Youth, Cocteau Twins, Slowdive, PJ Harvey, Kate Bush, and classic rock bands such as Led Zeppelin.
Claire studied music at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and now studies literature in Los Angeles. A poet, as well, she is very driven by the beauty of phonetics in her composition of lyrics, which ultimately brought about the birth of her moniker for this project. Dol Ikara is therefore a neologism -- something simply phonetically beautiful, acting as a blank canvas in order to hold the innate essence of this project without any preconceived notions or associations.
Influenced and inspired by the likes of James Blake, Florence Welch and Nina Simone. Described as "cinematic pop for widescreen ears' by Kevin Bronson of Buzz Bands LA, Daniels voice and style of songwriting garnered quick recognition in the North Bay music scene when he began in 2005. The band currently resides in downtown Los Angeles