Coronation is a red hot, synthesizer party band consisting of long time Northwest musicians, Joshua Blanchard, Andy Brown & David LiaBraaten. The band brings together elements of Synth pop, Italian disco and up tempo New Romantic crooning into a tasty aural blend that’s both futuristic and and nostalgic. While most dance music lives in the thrill of the moment, Coronation explores what happens the day after the party and divulges autobiographical tales of broken relationships, hangovers, and burning the candle at both ends. The band has 2 releases under it's belt; debut full Rumor and last year's Black Box/Sketchy 7 inch vinyl release. The new album Silicon Days will be released late 2017/early 2018.
In addition to airplay on Portland's own KXRY Xray.Fm and performing at PDX Pop Now Festival, Coronation has opened for Synthwave giants Carpenter Brut and Magic Sword.
Drummer and sequencer Andy Brown, aka “General MIDI”. cut his teeth with many bands, including Seattle space rock pioneers, Jessamine, and Southern Lord recording artists Fontanelle. Singer/keyboardist Joshua Blanchard, aka “His Royal Highness”, played with Synth-punks Point Line Plane and psychedelic folksters, Plants. Newest edition, David LiaBraaten, aka “Hype Man”, went from mastering engineer for Coronation’s first album, Rumor, on Willamette Valley cottage label Warble Records, to full-time utility member, manning synths, percussion, production and back-up vocals.
“As I listened through Coronation’s discography...I began to dance. Like, put on something sparkly, line your eyes and prepare for some serious sexy dance moves kinda music. And, I’ve been to their shows. It’s true and it’s fun. Mission accomplished.” - Salem Weekly, June 23, 2016
“Not only has the band upped the ante with its musical chops and honed its disco new-wave stylings, it’s also added a third member...David LiaBraaten...on synth, vocals and percussion, helping flesh out the sounds that the synth-drums ensemble was already mastering as a duo. Fans of early Roxy Music, the darker end of Devo and generally sexy, nerdy dance vibrations will have one last chance to cut a rug” - Willamette Week, Dec.29, 2014
Recommended if you like: Roxy Music, LCD Soundsystem, Giorgio Moroder, New Order, Hot Chip
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