Tearist
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2009
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Tearist Biography (Wikipedia)

TEARIST is the American electronic/ industrial outfit of Yasmine Kittles (vocals / percussion / synthesizer) and various collaborators- beginning with 2009-2013 collaborator Will Stangelad Menchaca (synth / programming) formed in Los Angeles. TEARIST is a word/ movement created by Kittles in 2009 with the principle of accepting all influences, then, ripping them apart- allowing for a new and instinctual product to emerge. The product would sound like nothing else, hold no boundaries and consistently evolve. This later became the name given to the band.

Their self-titled debut album sold out within months and their live follow-up record, Living: 2009-Present, received high acclaim due to the riskiness and unconventionality of a live album being released as a debut full length. LA Record described the album as "a unified artifact that defies the span of time in which it was recorded" and calls the album "a gem that transcends the traditional live album and verges on being an art-object in and of itself." Rolling Stone described TEARIST as being "about pushing people out of their comfort zone to the point where they question their own existence." They have been described as a "gothy electro-noise duo" by the Los Angeles Times music blog; and in a cover story on the band, the LA Weekly wrote, "Tearist could very well be the most crucial musical project to come out of Los Angeles in recent years."

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