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With the release of Live from The Mandala EP, The Illustrative Violet bring a vivacious and progressive rock approach all performed live. Laced with addictive melodies, vast undertones, and plenty of character, the record boasts the aesthetic of colorful prog-rock anthems. 

 

"We had wanted to capture our live sound for quite some time so when Scott joined the band we decided to record 3 of our newest songs at the time as well as 2 of our older songs live in a studio. We recorded them at Fistpipe Studio owned by our friend Mason Hensley in Rancho Cucamonga, California," explains the band of the live record.

The story of how The Illustrative Violet came to be begins when guitarist/singer Jaime Becerra met drummer Forrest Rice through a mutual friend.

After the two started jamming together, they invited Jaime's brother Jairo Becerra to sing and play keyboards and friend David Adamiak to play bass guitar. Later a few other bass player friends joined, Drew Kivlen and Wes Feller, then eventually good friend Scott Nelms joined as a second guitarist.

The Live from The Mandala EP showcases the band's expansive songwriting and performance in a live setting.

"When we started out, we were more of an indie/math rock band with even a bit of an alternative edge. As time went on, we still retained those elements, but our sound became more psychedelic and progressive. Nowadays we even have elements of Jazz Fusion and Metal to our music, but you can say that the style that has always been a core part of our sound since the beginning would be Progressive Rock or “Prog”. Also, we started out as guitar, bass, keyboards and drums but nowadays and on this EP, we have two guitars, drums, and our keyboardist plays synth bass as well, adding a different dynamic than many of our previous recordings," says the band of their musical journey.

The EP is available for streaming and download on all major platforms right now.

 

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