Provoker is a band from the Bay Area currently existing in Los Angeles. Its lineup, hailing from San Jose, Oakland and Sacramento, all have diverse sonic backgrounds in underground music, ranging from R&B, to punk, to metal.
With time spent in DIY spaces and horror-splattered silver screens, the dregs of retail, odd jobs and warehouses, these Californians continue to mutate into organic, recognizable shadow forms while paying tribute to the analog/digital past.
Led by the core-writing duo of multi instrumentalist Jonathan Lopez and vocalist Christian Petty (featuring live members Kristian Moreno and Wilfredo Palacios, on percussion and bass), Provoker carves out its identity with a unique take on post-punk and dark wave. ‘Since Then’ digitally filtered beats provide a firm backbone for solid, infectious bass lines, effectively marrying New Order to a-lo-fi Prince. Lopez’s flanged guitar/synth sheets the rhythm section with distorted melodies, dichotomously alien and familiar.
Christian croons with R&B conviction and smoothness that boldly counterpoint the (at times) murky atmosphere. He also stated that the song is “an ode to the past, and about keeping good memories alive and letting the bad ones die.”