When introduced in 2014 The Byzantines were a quintet with an electro-rock sound. Reduced down to a group of four the music has lost the emphasis on synthetics and their latest track Jamaica has the off-beat bass that I find to be a magnetic attraction.
The Byzantines an electro-rock quintet from Adelaide in Australia is Michael Pietrafesa (Vocal / Synth), David Zammit (Guitar), Rhys Overall (Guitar / Synth/ Samples ), Jose Moucho (Bass) and Johnny Zervas (Drums).
Like strobe lights The Byzantines flicker into the room in a kaleidoscope of sounds. There is a progressive psychedelia element to the music which weaves its way around the ears in ever enlarging looping fractals. Nestling inside the meandering revelations of the quintet lays a rock solid anchor, around which the sounds revolve without ever loosing the angle of direction, that enables the band to play at the edges of the perimeters without loosing sight of where they are heading and keeping the audience entwined with the resulting compositions.
It is possible to discern the many influences of The Byzantines, though that never becomes a distraction from the music as they are able to meld these into new configurations of originality.
I guess there is a constant feature around bands with a psychedelic influence as many have a sparse release schedule and The Byzantines are of similar mould. Formed in 2011 the first EP Colourvision came out in 2013 and the next is due for 2015. Being someone who thrives on three chord three minute wonders I am itching for 2015 to hear what comes next.