Yamantaka // Sonic Titan
It would be doing Yamantaka//Sonic Titan a disservice to call it a band. Drawing from Chinese mythology, manga, experimental film, Japanese Noh theatre and performance art, YT//ST is a multimedia onslaught, a sprawling art project united by the vision of Ruby Kato Attwood and Alaska B. Conceived in 2007 while the pair was studying at Concordia University, the group left audiences in Montreal gaping, thanks to its visual and dramatic flair.
YT//ST's musical instincts are as stunning as their mixed-media productions. Outsiders got their first taste with the group's self-titled 2011 debut, a confident blend of progressive rock and scorching psychedelia that seamlessly brought in elements of Attwood and B.'s mixed Asian heritage. Their follow-up, 2013's Uzu, pushes the band's pan-cultural approach further, adding an indigenous influence to the mix while somehow making their rock influences more accessible.
No matter how much they've taken on, it's obvious YT//ST are no dabblers. Their self- described Noh-Wave sound (a play on New York's arty No Wave scene of the '70s and '80s) is as singular as their aesthetic, and their ambitions are every bit as titanic as their moniker.