Subliminal Self
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play hi-fi  Nostalgia (tofu mix)
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play hi-fi  Able-Bodied
Dark synth-pop with influences ranging from Depeche Mode and Gary Numan to Covenant and Project Pitchfork.
Why this name?
The name, Subliminal Self, is another word for ego, personality, and the essence of who a person is. When I was writing what would eventually be "Able Bodied", I realized that I was getting much more personal in my music. That I used to really distance myself from the lyrics I wrote, for fear of being too open about myself to the audience. I thought a name that reflected this change would be appropriate.
Do you play live?
We do regularly perform live.

Probably the best show we've done was when we opened for Hungry Lucy & ThouShaltNot, two of my current favorite bands. I'd worked with Hungry Lucy before in Cleveland, but it was great to have a chance to open for them. And Greyson went to college with the guys from ThouShaltNot, so it was a good time all around.

Our latest show was a great time as well. We travelled to South Bend, Indiana to play at this venue called Club Cackle. The place turned out to be a converted Church Hall, complete with a working 4-lane Bowling Alley in the basement, 2 bars and a commercial-sized kitchen. We performed out best set to-date that night.
Band History:
Subliminal Self began in early 2003 as a one-off collaboration between members of the local electronic musicians collective, SynthCleveland. The collaboration worked out so well, it quickly spawned into a full-time project. They've since performed a number of shows for SynthCleveland-sponsored events as well as on their own, opening for such nationally known electronic acts as ThouShaltNot and Hungry Lucy. Their debut EP, "Four Stories", is already getting play on college and Internet radio and made WRUW-FM's Top 10 RPM list. Their first album is nearing completion and expected to be released in summer of 2004.
Your influences?
We're really influenced by 80's synthpop (Gary Numan, Depeche Mode, Clan of Xymox, Duran Duran, New Order) and gloom rock (The Cure, Joy Division). The synthpop element is definitely the most prevelant in our sound though.
Favorite spot?
Toronto, hands down.
Equipment used:
Synths are: Alesis QS6, Casio CZ-5000, Red Sound Darkstar, Yamaha SY77, along with numerous soft-synths. Drums are usually a Kawai R-50e or samplers.
Anything else...?
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