Eristikös represents contemporary, sometimes controversial arts and thinking. Record label, publishing house, design firm -- we unstitch sewn lips. Projects include Bare Wire, Urethane, Wiremnky, Exsanguinate, Gravitas, and Vertebrae.

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Bare Wire combines stark female vocals and morose obsessive lyrics, with bass guitar and soft percussion-less backdrops. Bare Wire's vocalist, Simone Grey, has been compared to the likes of Dolores O'Riordan of The Cranberries, Tori Amos, Jewel, Diamanda Galas, Sarah McLachlan, Lisa Gerrard of Dead Can Dance, and Enya. Affectionately dubbed as "the soundtrack to your next suicide attempt," Bare Wire is a soft yet powerful expression of raw uninhibited sorrow.

Wiremnky's music dispenses a merciless brand of TripHop and Drum N' Bass. While showing a tenderness for melody and psychedelica, Wiremnky's biting percussion and cruel bass lines are complex, groovy and danceable. Described as Orbital meets Meat Beat Manifesto, this intelligent electronic music appeals to listeners of everything from The Orb to Nine Inch Nails to Ultramarine. Fans of Autechre, Depeche Mode, Sneaker Pimps and Madonna's Ray of Light album will also appreciate this release.

Urethane swaggers between songs with only raw acoustic guitar and songs comprised of slow grinding electronic beats and melodies. Urethane's boy-girl songwriting duo defies categorization, their music being compared to Portishead, Mazzy Starr, and even Alanis Morrissette. The single "Deprivation" received notoriety as being reminiscent of the Sinead O'Connor track "Stretched Across Your Grave."

Exsanguinate presents poetry and prose for the literary arts connoisseur with a taste for dark emotion or unbridled obsession. A tri-annual print magazine, Exsanguinate's on-line edition delivers tidbit previews of current and back issues.

Here are some arbitrary tidbits about our site, written in a strange stream of consciousness. The general menu on our home page contains the following categories: an arrogant treatise (this is where we babble philosophically about art and about freedom of speech), our silly dictionary (it defines what the names of our projects mean or represent), links, jobs (we're always looking for volunteers -- would you be interested in working as a record label rep or representative?), contact info (we are located in the Phoenix Tempe Arizona AZ area). Vertebrae contains essays on architecture. On our site, you can subscribe to or submit to our writing magazines -- yes, we publish and are interested in publishing talented unknown writers and poets. You can get on one of several of our mailing lists, or sign up for a free issue of Exsanguinate. The magazine also has a thought provoking editorial column (entitled Disobedia) which covers politics, philosophy, sociology, social issues, political issues, cultural issues, philosophical issues, and all sorts of alternative, progressive, liberal, left, left-wing and green commentary. Disobedia tackles such topics as legalizing / decriminalizing drugs, overpopulation, the dangers of sex / trusting your lover, the evils of consumerism, class war, and the importance of voting in a democracy. The magazine also features Angry Genius Boy and his spoken word column on "Why You are Dumb and Other Essays You are Too Stupid to Understand." This column focuses on the folly of being a Republican, driving an SUV, etc. There are also music reviews on our bands, photos of the artists, information on college radio airplay (including CMJ Top 30 and Top 10 lists where our artists appear), and interviews with the musicians. Listen to, hear or download RealAudio (Real Audio RA) or MP3 audiofiles, audio files, sound files, and snippets of songs. Album titles include "Delicatessen," "Fresh Cold Cuts: the Delicatessen remixes," "Ensign Expendable," and "Me and Fritz Underwater." Songs on the "Delicatessen" album are as follows: Verisimilitude, Gridlock, Tunnel Visionary, On Grade, No Auto Focus, Compulsion, Water Glass, Small Unimportant Requests, Unrequited, Airport, Seaweed, Dirt, Curious Foliage, Strong Winds, and Court Adjournment. There are also t-shirts and bumper stickers available. Are you looking for female singer/songwriter Simone Grey, who is Bare Wire -- sometimes incorrectly referred to as barb wire? Bare Wire has been categorized as everything from alternative music to female indie, gothic music, ambient music, singer/songwriter, electronic music and even as blues. The power and sorrow in her beautiful female vocals has lead vocalist Simone Grey to be compared to the likes of Sarah McLachlan, Dolores O'Riordan of The Cranberries, Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, Jewel, Diamanda Galas, Enya, Lisa Gerrard of Dead Can Dance, and Kristin Hersh. One reviewer commented that this band belonged on Lilith Fair. Are you looking for RPM musician Wiremnky -- also frequently misspelled as wire monkey and wiremonkey; his music falls under the Trip Hop, Downtempo, Drum n' Bass, Drum and Bass, Electronica, Electronic, Techno, and House. Or are you looking for guitarist Chris Bailey, who is in Urethane, who is also TripNet, who is the founder of Sound Orphanage, who used to be in the band Beats the Hell Out of Me signed to MetalBlade Records, and who was recently in a local band called CHET with fellow musicians Tom Coffeen, Erik Rogan, Jim Woodling (Phunk Junkees), and Mitch Steele (Jesus Chrysler Supercar) as well as another local band called Iris. Or maybe you are looking for the Trance artist Artificial Flavor or the album "Flavorfool." By the way, Eristikös Multi-Media also does web page design, as well as graphic design and desktop publishing, and information on this can be found by visiting Debris. Eristikös is the proud founder and promoter of the "Voting is Subversive" campaign. A couple of times people mispelled Eristikos as Eristokos, Erikistos, Eristikas, Erisikos, Aristikos, and Aristika.

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