Artist info

Genre

Electronic, Pop


band members

Sophie Benjamin - vocals, synths, guitar, samples programming Ben Breitenstein - drums, beats, synths, samples, programming


Influences

Garbage, Nine Inch Nails, Phantogram, Purity Ring


Unearthed artists we like

Exhibitionist, half/cut, WE SET SAIL


Website

www.spokesmodelband.com

Bio

Spokesmodel is a synth pop duo from the east coast of Australia. Sophie Benjamin sings and writes lyrics, Ben Breitenstein plays drums and makes beats. All other instrumentation, programming, writing and production is done by both of them in their respective studios in Brisbane and Melbourne.

Spokesmodel began in the dreary Melbourne winter of 2017 which Sophie spent nursing a broken ankle. Housebound, cranky and unable to play guitar comfortably, she channeled her frustrations into experimenting with synths and production software. She sent these demos to longtime friend Ben, who had played on recordings of Sophie's previous solo project and currently drums in Brisbane rock stalwarts We Set Sail. They soon discovered that rather than being a limitation, living in cities 1700km apart gave them a sense of creative freedom beyond the constraints of the scenes, cliques and politics of any one city’s music scene. So with a Dropbox account, two copies of cross-platform recording software Reaper and some spectacular communication skills, Spokesmodel was born.

Ben and Sophie are inspired by the writing approach of bands such as Garbage and Nine Inch Nails where the roles of songwriter, player and engineer are fluid. This spirit of learning by doing and being motivated by curiosity is also reflected in the non-musical skills they bring to the project — Ben works as a graphic and industrial designer (and occasional wedding celebrant!) and handles the band's visual content, while Sophie moonlights as a website engagement analyst, multimedia journalist and essayist.
Baby, I’m a Cenobite is Spokesmodel’s second single, following Ceiling Roses which was released in mid 2018. Engage as little or as much as you like via www.spokesmodelband.com - or find out more about our plan.

Review

Review by Max Quinn Max Quinn

19 Oct 2018

Triple J
35

crash course in extra-dimensional haptics. could reach out and touch the tension in this.

crash course in extra-dimensional haptics. could reach out and touch the tension in this.

Review

Review by Tommy Faith Tommy Faith

18 Oct 2018

Triple J
35

This is the song that plays in an early nineties movie while a high skilled computer programmer hacks a millionaire villains security software.

This is the song that plays in an early nineties movie while a high skilled computer programmer hacks a millionaire villains security software.

Review

Review by Nkechi Anele Nkechi Anele

18 Oct 2018

Triple J
40

This is the "Time to fuck shit up!" track every superhero aspires for.

This is the "Time to fuck shit up!" track every superhero aspires for.