GelaX - Dreamonic
“This track (Life) will take no time burrowing deep into your brain” – CBC Radio
“On a mission to break your expectations & shake you out of your comfort zone.” – Toronto Guardian
Genre-bending, fantasy rock GelaX’s debut EP is unapologetic & experimental as it is accessible and familiar. Produced by Juno award winner Timothy Abraham (Liela Biali, Royalwood), it explores themes of what it means to be human, infinite time, pursuit of happiness & misogyny all while staying in an escapist’s fantasy land.
Their first single & music video “Life” garnered them organic attention of college radios (CFRU 93.3, CJLX 91.3, Hamilton 96.9) & reporter Adam Carter from CBC. While “Mr Square” video was hailed by Tinnitist blog as a surreal feast for the eyes, outside of the patriarchal box.
The song was based on singer Gelareh’s own harassment through her work experiences & chauvinistic, power-ego men. Born after a connection on existential issues, where Gelareh escaped an oppressive Iranian regime that prosecuted female singers, & Tareq’s sexuality being punishable in his middle-eastern home, the duo started their explorations of sound in Toronto, Canada. Influenced by Radiohead, Depeche Mode, Patrick Watson, Massive Attack and plenty more, their sound is ever changing & morphing, combining elements of electro with pulsing bass, looped textural guitars and warm vocals.
Currently joined by bassist Jason Pilling & drummer Joaquin Landry, they’ve been working remotely since Covid on a full length record in retaliation to the current status quo and events. expect the unexpected.