Lenorable is part of DC’s burgeoning post punk scene, balancing out the shoegaze sensibilities of contemporaries of Screen Vinyl Image and Washerwoman with chilling cold wave. Their latest effort is a Kickstarter-funded EP entitled The Prince, inspired – appropriately – by a visit to Edgar Allen Poe’s Baltimore grave site.
Nevermore Furthermore, each of the EP’s three songs is thematically derived from one of Poe’s works.
The title track, a rumination on The Masque of the Red Death, is powered by an angular guitar riff and Lisa Reed’s haunting vocals (including the staccato “pity isn’t welcome here / fortune brings certain fear”), and is accompanied by a simple but effective video.
The nearly seven-minute long “Ligeia” follows suit, amping up the drama while surprisingly danceable (or sway-able, as the case may be). Rounding out the EP is “Inquisition,” a fun-house opium trip based on The Pit and the Pendulum that is heavy on warped vocals but gently melodic. For this goth-tinged duo, Edgar Allen Poe proves to be a fitting muse. Lenorable celebrates the release of The Prince tonight at the Black Cat, where they’ll be joined by Last Tide and Dangerosa.