Ego Likeness

Archived Bio. Not part of the current Performer list.

Ego Likeness was created in 1999 by artist Steven Archer, a DC native, and writer Donna Lynch in Baltimore, Maryland. Taking their name from Frank Herbert’s classic science fiction novel Dune, the band began as an experimental/ dark trip hop project. A demo called ‘Songs From a Dead City’, recorded on a four track, was released in 1999.

By 2000, Archer and Lynch were moving the project in a darker electronic/ dance direction, resulting in a self-released full-length album entitled Dragonfly. Ego Likeness signed with Dancing Ferret Discs for the release of 2004’s Water to the Dead. This album featured the band’s electronic roots while exploring a heavier rock sound. 2005 saw the band tour Germany, Luxembourg, and the continental US with label mates The Cruxshadows, and their first album Dragonfly was re-released on Dancing Ferret Discs.

In 2006, EL toured Germany once again with The Cruxshadows, performed at Dragon Con in Atlanta GA, and released their third full-length CD The Order of the Reptile (DFD), as well as their first video for the track "Aviary"(directed by Lynch, Archer, and late Baltimore photographer Lauren E. Simonutti). The winter of 2006-2007 saw another US tour with The Cruxshadows and Ayria.

In late autumn of 2007, EL was back in Germany, as well as Poland, and the UK with Alfa-Matrix act Ayria (Canada) and Australia's Angelspit (DFD). The band also released the first of four limited edition EP's entitled South.

In early 2008, they headlined a warm-up tour of the US and performed at Black Sun IV before setting off with Voltaire in the spring for his month-long Maiden Voyage Tour. EL performed once again at Dragon Con 2008 in Atlanta GA.

In 2009, the single 'The Lowest Place on Earth' was released, as well as the West EP. Their fourth full-length album Breedless, was released on Metropolis Records in 2010, as well as the North EP.

The band continued touring throughout the US in 2010 and 2011, performing a third time at Dragon Con 2010. 2012 saw the release of the final compass EP, East, and a second re-release of the now-out-of-print album Dragonfly. A new single and video (directed by Kyle Cassidy, Lynch, and Archer), "Treacherous Thing", was released in the fall.

The fifth full-length, Know Thine Enemy released in early 2013.

EL has performed at festivals throughout the US and in Europe, including Dragon Con (Atlanta GA), Convergence 11 (San Diego CA), Dracula’s Ball (Philadelphia PA), Ring Con (Fulda, Germany), Balticon (Baltimore MD), Black Sun Festival I (New Haven CT), Freaks United (DC), Eccentrik Festival (Raleigh NC), Reverence (Madison WI), Wicked Faire (Somerset NJ), WTII Mini-Fest (Chicago IL), several Electronic Saviors Benefit shows, and others.