Spike Hellis is the LA-based brainchild of Cortland Dévon Gibson and Elaine Chang, circa 10/31/2019.
While gearing up to begin touring and promoting their first release, they watched in disbelief as themes from their EP, aptly titled Crisis Talk, seeped into reality in the form of a widespread global pandemic. Instead of playing a release show, they put the tape out digitally while under lockdown in their Downtown Los Angeles apartment. With tour abruptly cancelled, they've immediately gotten to work on a forthcoming album.
Incorporating a wide range of elements from industrial, new beat and techno, to freestyle, electro and EBM, their dark, experimental pop is sure to make you move to the pain. It wouldn’t be EBM if the overtones of manipulation, submission and suffering weren’t prominent and here they certainly are. However, one of the many things that separates Spike Hellis from their contemporaries is the clever sampling and sound design. Their sequences are dynamically crafted and move effortlessly between all hard-dance subgenres.
Spike Hellis delivers from every angle. Primed for the after-hours warehouse dungeon, they utilize heavy amounts of fog and strobes timed perfectly to their live set. Perhaps you’ll feel threatened or slightly disoriented, nonetheless, you will be thrust into their environment. While still in their infancy, they’ve managed to turn heads as they cut their teeth in the LA underground. Blasting their bleak outlook and spreading their gospel of disenchantment and sarcasm, Spike Hellis announces their arrival.
Like flossing with razor wire.
Smile for the world. 🪓