New genre-pushing SF Bay area prog rock/metal/experimental band KnightressM1 (KM1) dropped its 1st single, "Polarity Integrate" and its Official Music Video (see below). Leveraging life-long classical training, KM1 founder/singer/violinist Emily Palen harnesses specific audio frequencies - for,perhaps, the 1st time in rock - to enhance her musical creations and conjure powerful effects on listeners. An example of how she does this. Also cool to virgin ears, KM1 processes/distorts violin sounds to produce sonic effects similar to that of a typical rock guitar.
Conceptually, "Polarity Integrate" interprets "polarity integrators", those who've felt ample darkness in life, granting them healing capabilities. This is a taste of what's ahead with debut LP "Dreams and Devastations" (Fall 2020), which was ecorded at Foo Fighters' Studio 606 with producer/engineer John "Lou" Lousteau (Foos, Iggy Pop, Joan Jett).
KnightressM1 (KM1) in name and thematic concept is a female galactic warrior who comes to Earth to bring justice, hunt corruption and restore truth. Within universal language, M1 is code for unity. KM1 is the vessel through which Palen creates and shares her unique contributions to what is more commonly known here on earth as the music industry. "KM1 is me imagining my whole consciousness in a superhero avatar, a limitless being. A universal example of who we can all be," she explains.
Pivotal to envisioning the newly-coined Expanse genre is Palen's fascinating integration of specific musical frequencies into her compositions. A violinist from the age of four (under the tutelage of her mother, a professional cellist and violin/cello teacher), as a young adult she began exploring the concept of transmitting consciousness through improvisation. An important way Emily explored this power is through sacred solfeggio, the use of specific audio tones as a transformative power. Palen explains, "I was drawn to the violin at such a young age and have always been deeply in love with the alchemical power of music. I tune my instrument and recordings to 444hz. The C in standard tuning resonates at 524hz. In order to reach C 528hz, we merely need to tune the standard A440hz up 4hz to A444hz."
Steeped in the classical arts from her birth in Midland, MI, as a young adult Palen relocated to California and began moving toward a more improvisational and heavier rock and metal approach to her songwriting. She soon found her groove in heart- opening harmonies, complex rhythms and emotionally transparent vocals anchored in a heavy, dark foundation. She began writing and building the concept for KnightressM1 in 2011 and shortly thereafter recruited Rob Ahlers, drummer for 50 Foot Wave and Kirstin Hersh. KM1 began performing in and around the SF Bay Area steadily. When they were ready to record a debut album, they then enlisted Uriah Duffy, former bassist of Whitesnake to form a potent power trio. KM1 has since recruited drummer Chad Tasky and bassist Larry Boothroyd to bring this to life. Immersed in the underground rock scene since the early 80's, Boothroyd is best known for his metal/funk band Victims Family and his work with Jello Biafra the Guantanamo School of Medicine. Tasky, actively involved in the Bay Area scene since moving from Seattle in 1992, also works as a touring drum-tech for some of the biggest drummers in the world, including Dennis Chambers and Stewart Copeland.