Andrew Troy - Guitar
Bon Harris - Vocals
Biff Sanders - Drums
(taken from mvnmusic.com)
Bon Harris, co-frontman of cult electronic act Nitzer Ebb, has
reemerged with his new band Maven. The group features Harris on
vocals / keyboards, Ethyl Meatplow's Biff Sanders on drums and
guitarist Andy Troy (Polar Bear).
Since Nitzer Ebb's conclusion in 1995, Harris has become an
in-demand collaborator having worked with Evanescence, AFI and Billy
Corgan who asked Bon to co-produce his solo album The Future Embrace.
Harris also worked closely with Marilyn Manson, programming
electronics and recording for the shock-rocker's 2000 album Holy
Wood. Manson appears as a guest on Maven's cover of Nick Cave's Hard
On For Love and had this to say of his collaborator and some-time
"Bon was someone I had always respected �and even interviewed in
1989 �and was completely blown away by his musical ability and voice.
I was fortunate that he took time away from Maven to work with me on
my project. He became sort of a sixth member of the group �and I
don't use that term lightly. I think Maven adds genius songwriting
to electronic music in a totally original way."
Maven formed in Los Angeles (where Harris relocated to from Chicago
and his native London) in 2001, a result of Harris' desire to
stretch his songwriting skills and use his voice for the first time.
Says Harris: "When it became apparent to me that the Ebb was going
to implode, I already had some ideas in mind for writing songs. The
last Nitzer Ebb album was more of a 50/50 thing, where we both
contributed half of the songs, whereas before we'd come up with them
together. So the seed was sown then."
Harris came up with the material over a period of several years, in
between lengthy studio stints with Marilyn Manson and The Smashing
Pumpkins. Some of the Maven tracks were recorded in Chicago, while
Harris was working with Corgan and producer Bjorn Thorsrud (Smashing
Pumpkins, Dandy Warhols). Others were written and recorded in Los
Angeles and at Thorsrud's studio in Salt Lake City, UT.
The resulting material features Harris' distinctive electronics and
rhythm programming, as well as his first time being the sole
frontman. The result is both explosive and propulsive. Nitzer Ebb
fans will recognize Maven's sound; yet with the additional personnel,
there's a greater level of sophistication which will please both the
hardcore fans and appeal to the new audience. "The main difference
is I'm singing and I wrote the songs," explains Harris. "My voice is
very different and the sorts of things I sing about are different.
There's certainly a connection to Nitzer Ebb; especially in the
electronics, which is what I am best-known for."
Also not surprising is Maven's furious must-see live show; driven by
Harris' fierce, brooding presence from the stage. Fans new or
previous will not be disappointed by this new evolution.
see maven website for details