Ego Likeness is an American darkwave/industrial rock band from Baltimore, Maryland. They were formed in 1999 by artist Steven Archer and writer Donna Lynch.
Taking their name from Frank Herbert's classic science fiction novel Dune, Ego Likeness began as an experimental/ dark trip hop project. A demo called Songs from a Dead City, recorded on a four track and self-produced by Archer and Lynch, was released in 1999.
In 2000, Archer and Lynch took the project in a darker electronic/ dance direction, resulting in a self-released full length album entitled Dragonfly under EL's own label, Angelfall.
Dancing Ferret Records:
After a short hiatus from recording, a lengthy period of trial, error, revision, and many live performances, Ego Likeness signed with Dancing Ferret Discs for the 2004 release of Water to the Dead. This album featured the band's electronic roots while exploring a bit of a heavier rock sound.
In 2005, Ego Likeness toured Germany, Luxembourg, and the continental US with Dancing Ferret label mates The Crüxshadows, as well as performing at several festivals on the east and west coast, including Convergence 11 (San Diego CA), Dracula's Ball (Philadelphia PA), Blacksun Festival I (New Haven CT), Freaks United (DC), Eccentrik Festival I (Raleigh NC), Dragon Con (Atlanta GA), Ring Con (Fulda, Germany) and others.
Their first album, Dragonfly, was also re-released on Dancing Ferret Discs in 2005.
In 2006, Ego Likeness released their third full length album, The Order of the Reptile, which ventured back into the realms of heavy electronica, a bit of trip hop, some goth rock, and darkwave.
2006 also saw the release of Where's Neil When You Need Him?, a tribute to writer Neil Gaiman, featuring the song "You Better Leave the Stars Alone", written for the book Stardust. The band toured Germany once again and the US with The Crüxshadows and Ayria throughout the winter of 2006-2007.
In 2007, Ego Likeness toured Germany, Poland and the UK with Ayria and Angelspit. They also performed at sci-fi/fantasy convention Dragon Con.
Ego Likeness also perform regularly at Wicked Faire in Somerset, NJ.
The Compass EPs:
In 2007, Ego Likeness began self-releasing the first of four EPs, collectively titled The Compass. The first, South, featured new songs and old remixes.
2008 brought about the second of the Compass EPs, West, as well as their single, "The Lowest Place on Earth". This was supported by a US tour throughout late winter and spring.
In 2009, the North EP is released, featuring duet with The Dark Clan and a cover of PJ Harvey's "Down by the Water." Ego Likeness also embarked on a tour as a supporting act for Combichrist and Julien-K.
In 2012, the final EP in the Compass series, East, was released. The EP contained two original tracks, a cover of The Police's "Tea in the Sahara", and seven remixes from various artists including Angelspit and Komor Kommando.
In 2010, Ego Likeness were signed to Metropolis Records and released their fourth album, Breedless, on April 13, 2010. The album received critical acclaim from music magazines ReGen and Reflections of Darkness. Ego Likeness also appeared as one of 83 artists on both volumes of the cancer-benefit compilations, Electronic Saviors. The group's fifth full length album titled Know Thine Enemy is tentatively scheduled to be released early 2013 through Metropolis Records. On August 14, 2012 the first single for the album "Treacherous Things" was released along with a music video for the song directed by Kyle Cassidy. On October 29, 2013, the group announced on their official Facebook page a Winter 2013 US headlining tour with support from Servitior.
Ego Likeness have also shared the stage with Voltaire, The Damned, Chris Connelly, Collide, Razed in Black, Bella Morte, Das Ich, Rasputina, The Start, Iris, Decoded Feedback, The Azoic, More Machine Than Man, In Strict Confidence, Combichrist, New Model Army, Attriton, The Last Dance, Peter Murphy, and many others.
Archer and Lynch are also the creators of the experimental/instrumental/spoken word outfit The Trinity Project. Archer is the creator of the atmospheric electronica project Hopeful Machines.
Archer and Lynch have been married since October 1999 and currently live in Maryland with their hairless cats.
Lynch has written a dark fiction novel entitled Isabel Burning, released through Raw Dog Screaming Press in 2008. She has also released two collections of poetry, In My Mouth (2000), and Ladies and Other Vicious Creatures (RDSP, 2007). Her latest, a novella called Driving Through the Desert, was released on Thunderstorm Books in April 2012.
Archer has released a children's book entitled Luna Maris and a steampunk fable chapbook titled Red King Black Rook in 2008. He is an accomplished visual artist whose collage-based work has appeared in numerous galleries and in Weird Tales magazine. He periodically DJs at venues in Baltimore and DC, and occasionally performs with New York City's Terrorfakt. He is also the creator of the electronic/ noise project Hopeful Machines and continues to show art in various venues on the east coast. Additionally, Hopeful Machines was signed to Washington, DC based label Radio-Active-Music in late 2008. Hopeful Machine's first hard copy album, ::Skinless::, was released in December 2008.