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Damiera was a math pop/post-hardcore band from Buffalo, New York that formed in . The band formed out of the dissolution of Fredonia, New York outfit League; guitarist and vocalist David Raymond and guitarist Matthew Kipp, both of League, formed the band with drummer Bradley McRae and bass guitarist Mark Henry. The band immediately set out to produce their debut self-titled EP, and later released their debut LP (“M(US)IC” (), pronounced “us in music”) on now-defunct Tamerlane Recordings. In , the band signed to Equal Vision and re-released “M(US)IC” on that label. The band took a two-month hiatus during, and came back in with a new lineup. The band released their second LP and
final record, “Quiet Mouth Loud Hands”, on Equal Vision in . David Raymond went on to form Chicago experimental rock otufit Hidden Hospitals in .
See punknews.org for a partial biography of the band (archived).
Damiera’s music is characterised by its focus on duelling guitars and on David Raymond’s poppy clean vocals. Much of Damiera’s music (particularly on “Damiera” () and “M(US)IC” ()) is polyphonic, with multiple melodies interleaved within the arrangements. Damiera are, in some ways, comparable to Philadelphia post-hardcore outfit Hot Cross, with their clear post-hardcore/math rock influences and duelling guitarwork that is angular and technically demanding — but Damiera’s origins in pop-punk (rather than in screamo) come through in the vocals, harmonic sensibilities, and in the mangled pop song structures that are characteristic of math pop. With “Quiet Mouth Loud Hands” (), Damiera’s sound shifted somewhat, shedding some (but certainly not all) of the math rock influence; this would foreshadow David Raymond and Steve Downs’s later work as members of Hidden Hospitals.
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“Quiet Mouth Loud Hands” is sometimes known by other similar names, including “QuietMouthLoudHands” and “Quiet Mouth, Loud Hands”.
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