STRVNGERS is a dark, unforgiving, post-punk, Canadian duo with an electronic seedy sound. Maria Joaquin and KC blend Gothic undertones with catchy dance music to create a sonic-erotica of synths, guitar and EBM. Formed in 2015, STRVNGERS have already set their path with their self-titled album released in 2016 by Negative Gain Productions, as well as a follow-up full length LP to be released on NGP later in 2018.
Interview Meikee Magnetic
Where were you born and where are you now?
MJ: My parents immigrated from El Salvador to Canada and popped me out in Houston, Texas. I was raised in Alberta, Canada.
KC: Born and raised in Canada, still living here.
What music scene there do you gravitate to?
KC: I grew up in a small town in Alberta where I went through the phases as an awkward high school goth kid that somehow was accepted into the “cool kids” group for my senior years in school. I played in a few different punk/metal bands throughout my musical Journey leading up to the unholy union with Maria that we now call Strvngers.
MJ: I come from a small town so there wasn’t really much of a music scene here other than country. When I got a vehicle and license my brother and I would drive an hour to the city to check out metal / metal-core / emo shows. Really whatever would come through Edmonton. So I listened to mostly metal with some random stuff here and there. Bands like KoRn, Deftones, Tool, Coal Chamber and Marilyn Manson. My brother introduced me to emo type bands and we would drive 3 hours to Calgary for the Vans warped tour. Now, being in Strvngers, I’m really digging the alternative / goth / industrial scene.
Synthwave, Electro, Darkwave, Rock – You cover a lot of the genres, for a new listener how would you describe your music?
Kc: Very Diverse but uniform at the same time. Our albums have a thematic element to them as each song tells a story.
MJ: I would say generally, post-punk / darkwave but we listen and are influenced by everything, even things like films or art. We have elements from a lot of different styles as you mentioned. Or, music for Witches and Warlocks.
What can people expect to see at at Strvngers live show?
KC: A very dark, sexy, heavy and crushing set.
MJ: Witches and Warlocks dancing their demons out on the dance floor.
What are your weapons of choice, name the instruments you play:
Kc: Guitar and keyboards.
MJ: I do the vocals.
Do you produce you own music?
Kc: Yes, I write and produce the instrumentals for the band.
Kc: I listen to everything, lately I’ve been into Empathy Test a lot.
MJ: Depends on my mood.
KC: To tour and travel as well as write and record future albums.
MJ: To continue having fun with it and connecting with as many people as possible that are into what we’re doing.
What does Dark Beauty mean to you?
MJ: I’ve been into the darker side of life from an early age. As a kid, watching R-rated films at the tender age of 6. As an adult, I collect things like human bones, skulls and skeletons amongst other curios and oddities. So to me, Dark Beauty means embracing the duality of Life and Death. Everybody dies. Not everyone lives.