|Categorized as:||Alt-Rock, Indie Rock, Rock|
|Members:||Leslie Irene Benson (ASCAP): vocals, lyrics|
Jason Reed Milner (ASCAP): synth, guitar
|Label:||Unsigned (Independent); Artist Management: Self-Managed|
|Total Request:||125 (7 downloads, 118 plays)|
|Total Request:||125 (7 downloads, 118 plays)|
THE SWEETEST CONDITION is a female-fronted industrial synthpop band that formed in Indianapolis, Indiana, in 2012, comprising keyboardist/guitarist Jason Reed Milner (Nimbus, Form 30, Seven Mile Radius, Irene & Reed) and vocalist/lyricist Leslie Irene Benson (Burning Veda, Irene & Reed).
In 2013, after releasing their debut "Truth & Light" EP, the duo moved to Nashville, Tennessee, to record and release their debut full-length album, "Edge of the World" in 2015. The album is a throwback to '80's ... read more
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2016, Independent / Self-Released on Bandcamp,
“We Defy Oblivion” blends The Sweetest Condition’s signature synthpop sound with electrorock and industrial influences, paired with thought-provoking lyrics. The album is the follow-up to the duo’s 2015 debut self-release, “Edge of the World.” For the new album, Leslie I. Benson (lyrics vocals) and Jason Reed Milner (music synths guitars) welcomed back sound engineer Joel Lauver of Burning Bridge Recordings in Nashville, TN, to produce the album.
Lyrically, the new album explores personal struggles, as well as overarching themes of love vs. lust, sin vs. salvation, and obsession vs. control. At its core, the music serves to inspire others to feel empowered.
“'We Defy Oblivion' is a strong second album that is heavy, catchy, and full of surprises. It will instantly find favour with fans of Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, Kidneythieves, and Godhead.” – Intravenous Magazine
“‘We Defy Oblivion’ is a MUST HAVE album for any and all Alternative music fans. It's astonishing to see the hairs standing erect on the first-time listeners. It gives you a sense of the ‘Welcome to the Real World, Neo’ vibe. It's an eye and ear opener.” – Brutal Resonance
“Undoubtedly, this band is heading big and the album shows the path of their artistic evolution. If you’re a fan of industrial and synth music that speaks directly without any hidden agendas, ‘We Defy Oblivion’ should be on your wish list.” – ALTvenger Magazine
2016, E-Con Records,
The song, “Heal Me,” by The Sweetest Condition tells a story of giving into something when you know it’s wrong. Like a snake coiling around and devouring its prey, it becomes a part of you. It’s an intimate vulnerability where one plays the role of master, and the other gives up control. But in that release, we find our own power.
“Heal Me,” Track No. 4 on the “Love Hertz” (2016) international compilation album from E-Con Records, was written, arranged, performed and produced by Jason Reed Milner and Leslie Irene Benson. Lyrics and vocals by Leslie Irene Benson. Music and keys by Jason Reed Milner. Mixed and mastered by Joel Lauver, Burning Bridge Records, Nashville, TN. Published by E-Con Records, Australia.
2015, Independent / Self-Released on Bandcamp,
“Edge of the World” follows The Sweetest Condition’s 2013 EP, “Truth & Light.” Dual-parts sinful and sensual, hopeful and bleak, “Edge of the World” is an 11-song commentary on humanity, anti-conformity, self-loathing, and dream chasing — a danceable catalyst for transformation. The album reveals visceral stories, lashing synth riffs, chorus hooks, and stabbing guitars, paying tribute to iconic sounds of the ’80s and industrial muscle of the ’90s. At its core, the music is raw, unforgiving emotion.
"From start to finish, 'Edge of the World' tugs at the heartstrings for those with a love for the dance-friendly, sing-along synthpop of the ‘80s, toughened up with a hint of ‘90s industrial/rock tinges and darkwave atmosphere. … Comparisons to the electrified goth/rock of The Birthday Massacre mixed with the darkly engaging electro-pop of The Azoic or Collide are sure to resound.” – ReGen Magazine
“Music that uses hooks to sneak into your psyche before making it’s home in your head and your heart. Sweetly seductive and seriously sinister. It’s an iron fist in a velvet glove.” – Alternate Parallel Reality
2013, Independent / Self-Released on Bandcamp,
"Truth & Light," the debut EP by the female-fronted, industrial synthpop band The Sweetest Condition features sinister, soulful alto vocals over dark, floor-shaking synth soundscapes. Confessional songs pulsate throughout the EP, describing the nightmare—and the art—of letting go.
“The genre-blurring tunes are dark and brooding, drawing on muses like Nine Inch Nails.” – Current in Fishers
“Musical chameleons.” – Indy InTune
Independent / Self-Released,
"Where is the Light? (Bishop's Nocturnal Mix)" and "The Wound (Bishop Mix)" were collaborations in 2013 between The Sweetest Condition and Von Stultz (Bishop). The original tracks are available on The Sweetest Condition's debut "Truth & Light" EP.
“Knock Us Down (Dystopia Remix)” was a collaboration between The Sweetest Condition and The Static Architect, the musical endeavor of long-time San Diego-based electrorock musician Nick McLaren. The remix was released exclusively on Bandcamp in 2016 to promote The Sweetest Condition's album, "We Defy Oblivion."
“Electropop Vol. 11” by Germany’s Conzoom Records was an electro-pop compilation album released in 2017, featuring 14 international electronic music tracks, including "Control (Extended Remix)" by The Sweetest Condition. The original track is available on "Edge of the World" (2015).
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