THEORETICS is a five piece livetronica band from Seattle, WA known for their well crafted instrumentals and collaborations with soulful vocalists. They continue to be known for their energetic live shows and ability to blend programmed and live elements seamlessly during their performances.
Starting in 2014, the band has released eight collaborations for their One a Month project including their most recent, dance floor friendly, single "Passionate Paradise feat. Whitney Lyman" which debuted on City Arts Magazine. In January of 2015 they released the their seven song EP "Fugue State" which has features their soulful, sci-fi tinged instrumentals and guest appearances from vocalists Maiah Manser and Hanna Stevens. In July of 2015, they performed music live on DJ John Richard's morning show at KEXP playing music from "Fugue State" and new releases joined by Whitney Lyman, Maiah Manser and Tazlyn Gue.
The core group of the band is Adam Gross (drums), Arthur Brown (saxophone), Ben Krulewitch (rhodes/lead synth), Cameron Peace (guitar, synth) and Birch Pereira who plays bass, synths and produces for the band.
Born out of a trip hop group called Vunt Foom that formed at the University of Washington back in 2006, the band has gone through several structural changes. From 2008 to 2013 the band was fronted by emcees Mark Hoy and Chimaroke Abuachi and was primarily a live hip hop band. They performed at large festivals throughout the Northwest, including Sasquatch, Bumbershoot and The Capitol Hill Block Party as well as packed clubs like the Showbox, Crocodile, and Neumos. The band produced four highly acclaimed music videos with director Garret Gibbons (Higher, Go and the steampunk classic Jekyll and Hyde) and "Lights On" with Casey Sjorgen.
New songs and collaborations from Soul to Hip Hop
"Theoretics are one of the hardest working bands in Seattle. Lately, they’ve been putting out a song a month – all of them high quality. This latest, “Exit Signs (ft. Maiah Manser)” is no different. It’s always fun to hear how a new vocalist treats an instrumental beat from the Theoretics, whether it’s the beautiful-voiced fluttering Manser or the pointed rapper, Grynch." The Monarch Review
Fugue State: "A rare psychiatric disorder characterized by reversible amnesia for personal identity that
usually involves unplanned travel or wandering and is sometimes accompanied by the establishment of a
Theoretics has had a foot in the Seattle hip hop scene for the last four years, but on this EP the band returns to their instrumental roots and brandishes synths, drum machines and beats production indicative of their move into the livetronica realm. It features five distinct instrumentals and two collaborations with the
commanding voice of Maiah Manser on Exit Signs and the lush singing of Hanna Stevens on Spiral Arms.
"KILLER. Love this and the project." - John Richards, KEXP
"They have found a way to mesh a variety of genres including hip-hop, funk, soul and electronica to seamlessly blow the roof off any venue they step foot in…” - SSG Music
"Passionate Paradise feat. Whitney Lyman" - City Arts Magazine
"Seattle Band Beats Up Bladerunner Vangelis Theme" - The Stranger
"The Robert Glasper Experiment with Theoretics, DJ Topspin" - Seattle Music Insider
"Theoretics headline Conscious Culture Festival" - The Omak Chronicle
"Shows Worth Seeing" - No Cover Seattle
"Top Ten Soul Bands" - D-List Magazine
"Three Songs Head to Head" - The Monarch Review