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Hungry Ghost

by Sophe Lux

The eruptive new EP by your favorite operatic, art rock band. The title song is a mini rock opera that builds to a theatrical, climatic exorcism of America. Opening with an eerie Bali Hai piano, the second track calls forth a new world of hope and wisdom.
Genre: Rock: Rock opera
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Hungry Ghost EP

1. Hungry Ghost
2. Sophia Song

Introducing the eruptive new EP "Hungry Ghost" by your favorite operatic, art rock band Sophe Lux. Featuring two epic-length tracks: The title song is a mini rock opera that builds to a theatrical, climatic exorcism of America. Coming full circle, an eerie Bali Hai piano invites you into the second track "Sophia Song" which calls forth the rebirth of hope and wisdom. Full sound clip on web site

Lyrics: Hungry Ghost EP

“Hungry Ghost”

America she dreams Uh o Uh o
Cracking at the seams Uh o Uh o
She ain’t what she used to be
Oh what she used to be

A spring under the filthy streets is calling you
A voice cries out “this is all a dream don’t let it swallow you”
The pure heart beats like a golden flame
Like a chariot with wings calling out your name

America feels shame Uh o Uh o
Faded stars yet vain Uh o Uh o
The curtain falls as the actors slowly go insane

A spring under the filthy streets is calling you
A voice cries out “this is all a dream don’t let it swallow you”
The pure heart beats like a golden flame
Like a chariot with wings change shall come

And now you’ve found something special to be

Na na na na . . .

One more try is all they’re giving you
So make up your mind
One more try is all they’re giving you
So make up your mind

Cause Time time is running thin

Here comes the exorcism of America
Are you American?
(Ok you are)
So you are possessed
Are you ready then
OK Get Up Now

Seduced by the whores of culture
You have betrayed the veracity of your soul

Get out greed
Get out pain
Move on shame
Cast out addictions

Your tiresome consuming
You hungry ghost I see you

Easy now hubris
Away prejudice

Oh sorrows of industry
Your misbegotten dreams of suburban paradise
(the artificial lights)

“Sophia Song”

Love the terror in your heart
All your glory
Serpent rising body and soul
All your longing
There’s a change coming quickly for you
All that’s holy
Is it an act of grace or is it the Law

To her power we must return
Dark becomes light
We cannot be saved till she returns
From the water
She is the blessed elixir of life
All that’s holy
The pendulum swings and like begets like

Sophia Sophia Sophia

Contact information:

Publicist: howard wuelfing

Radio promotion: spectre entertainment

Management and booking: steven cohn

Produced by sophe lux and sean flora (the shins wincing the night away)
Mixed by jeff staurt saltzman (death cab for cutie)

Sophe Lux is a dynamic art-rock opera ensemble from Portland Oregon. In the tradition of bands like Of Montreal, early Roxy Music and Arcade Fire, their performances are lavish spectacles with shiny costumes and outlandish theatrical performances.

The band is fronted by indie film maker Todd Haynes' (Velvet Goldmine, I'm Not There, Far From Heaven) little sister, Gwynneth (Mercury Lux).

Lead vocals, keys, primary songwriter: Mercury Lux
Bass, backing vocals: Jaguar Lux
Keys, synth, accordion, backing vocals: Fauna Lux
Guitars, backing vocals: Kyote Lux
Drums: D-Lux


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Brian Kenjef

Excellent CD!
College News album review: Sophe Lux

Sophe Lux sounds like Kate Bush fronting Queen. 'Nuff said.

Joe Anello

Pardon me if this review is scatter-brained, because my mind has officially been blown. Portland’s Sophe Lux is without question the most distinct band I’ve covered since handling album reviews for College News.

And yet, pondering a way to describe their act took no time at all.

Let’s start with a female lead singer. Give her the attitude and wardrobe of Freddie Mercury, the voice of Kate Bush, and the depth of Tori Amos. As generous a description as that is, it perfectly depicts Sophe Lux’s Gwynne Haynes.

Now imagine Queen with five members, three of which are female, including the aforementioned Haynes. Add more synthesizers while keeping Queen’s rock opera storytelling approach and you have the recipe for Sophe Lux.

After their daring 2007 release Waking the Mystics, Sophe Lux follows up with their 2009 EP Hungry Ghost which hits July 14th. While only containing two tracks, it delivers an outstanding experience with over ten minutes of mind-bending music.

The titular track launches the EP in true Queen-fashion, carefully crafting a dramatic musical arc over the course of the five minute opera ending in an exorcism of America. Much like “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Hungry Ghost” is a multitude of diverse tunes blended together to form one musical epic.

“Sophia Song” takes a different approach than the track prior and softly opens with an Amos-like composition with its melodic piano base and mesmerizing vocal track. It twists through a more industrial interlude with Haynes’s eerie backgrounds, completing the ambiance before tailing off into a quiet piano finish.

Gwynne Haynes brings the lead vocals and piano to Lux while Erika Miller drops in her smooth bass and back-up vocals with the multi-talented and artistic Briana Ratterman. Rounding out Sophe Lux is Kent Sisson on drums and Twayn Williams’s guitar and effects.

Haynes and Sophe Lux are either living vicariously through the past or time-traveling visitors from the future intent on instigating the newest era of rock and roll. Regardless of whichever it is, I’m just glad I’ve got their discs in my grubby little mitts.