The LaBiancas are a Charles Manson concept band and one of the most controversial, thought-provoking and conceptually-inspired musical acts we at ASTHMA have encountered in recent times. Tonight ASTHMA sits down with band members JJ Brine and Lena Marquise to get the scoop on this underground superduo’s new album, Charles Manson is Jesus Christ, and their plans for the future.
ASTHMA: How was this project conceived? What is its ultimate goal?
The LaBiancas: We don’t remember when we first started talking about it, but we remember when we first started feeling it. It was a shared assumption that came to fruition at the right time, you know.
ASTHMA: During our initial correspondence you two mentioned that you had been approached by mainstream media outlets that later refused to follow-up, fearing the kind of backlash that covering such a controversial act could bring. How do you feel about that passive aggressiveness on their part, and about venues censoring your set list?
The LaBiancas: Our [everyone’s] hardest fight, as sentient entities, will always be against censorship.
ASTHMA: This question is for Lena Marquise: List three unknown facts for us.
Lena Marquise: I live with a one eyed cat named Matthew In high school I took a vow of silence for a year. And when I was a child I had frequent consultations with my father’s shaman.
ASTHMA: JJ Brine, three fact please.
JJ Brine: In a past life, I was a shark. In 2007 I was kidnapped by Hezbollah while residing in Beirut. I enjoy receiving my oft-told fortune from various psychics that I will play a role in the end of days.
ASTHMA: Do you condone murder?
The LaBiancas: “Sometimes in war, there is killing.”
ASTHMA: Everyone has the same question on their minds; “what’s next?”
The LaBiancas: Our next single is coming out on July 4th, but we can’t tell you what it is yet. Our next album will represent a musical and aesthetic departure from our first; we will be working on a rather streamline soundscape, incorporating natural and analog dialogues, with the accentuating undertones of a theremin, punctuated by static, syncopated beats over a lush bed of rhythmically pulsating alpha and beta waves.
ASTHMA: Do you have any other projects you guys are working on?
The LaBiancas: We are in pre-production to launch our showcase of VECTOR, an art/installation/religious space for the months of July and August, as well as putting together a tour for September. We are constantly shooting short films for our production company Thelemic Films, and have recently been approached about starring in a reality show about our band and our lives. Very exciting!
ASTHMA: What reaction to this first album, “Charles Manson is Jesus Christ” would you consider to be ideal?
The LaBiancas: Illumination. Truth. Clarity.
ASTHMA: Are there any other thoughts you want to share?
The LaBiancas: Look inside yourself. We are one.
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