LABEL & BOOKING: Wild Klamath Records |
PRESS: Ever Kipp |
BAND: Erin Murphy + Greg Bortnichak | | 941.704.5536
“gloriously experimental pop music, alternately epic and understated, alluring and demanding of attention.”
"The songs take the basic pop song construct and turn it on its head. The sounds that can be achieved with a duo making use of a sequencer and other instruments is astounding, and the rich layering is not just a mere studio trick. Seeing this band live will make you a believer.
"The band creates music that is both challenging, while also accessible enough to appeal to the casual listener. The duo has amassed a solid local following with a number of passionate performances in our area over the last several years. The band’s execution in a live setting leaves the audience awestruck by their intensity of delivery as well as the enormous sound projected by the two artists."
NEW NOISE MAGAZINE
Music Video Premiere - Fix History
"Between the unconventional instrumentation and angular compositions their music sounds like musique concrète run through the ’90s Pacific Northwest experimental hardcore scene.”
NEW JERSEY HERALD
"It started with droning, distorted strings from a cello and violin. The sound, something more commonly associated with electric guitars than typically expected from the bowed instruments. Thumping reverberations echoed off the Stanhope House's walls. And like that, the bows were discarded. The haunting strokes replaced by a drum beat, and plucked strings...
Teach Me Equals is Erin Murphy (guitar, violin and vox) and Greg Bortnichak (cello, sequencing, vox). Murphy and Bortnichak came together as Teach Me Equals in Sarasota, FL in 2011. Living states apart and fronting their own individual projects at the time, they threw caution to the wind and began writing as a duo. They moved onto the road in 2013, and are now semi-based out of Olympia, WA.
At times fearlessly oblique, and often intentionally challenging, experimental pop / post-classical duo Teach Me Equals craft music at turns intimate and grandiose. The rough-edged shag of found sounds is balanced by a twisted, precise elegance that simmers and slithers underneath.
Characterized by the unorthodox use of electric stringed instruments, live loop manipulation, and textural rhythmic washes, Erin Murphy (guitar, violin, vocals) and Greg Bortnichak (cello, programming, vocals) have been building a reputation for relentless touring and merciless live performances.
In June of 2015, Teach Me Equals teamed with the SHMIB Modern Dance Collective to create a live experience of Knives In The Hope Chest, choreographed for twenty-three dancers. Staged at Chicago’s Links Hall, the series of performances sold out. Later that year, the group appeared on the cassette compilation PNMV#4, celebrating the relaunch of Pacific Northwest indie label, Punk In My Vitamins.
In December 2016, they released a split 45 alongside Vern Rumsey (Unwound, Blonde Redhead) titled RedRumsey / Teach Me Equals on Exotic Fever / Dischord, the proceeds of which went to benefit a domestic violence resource center in Philadelphia, PA.
In May 2018, the band released their second album, Fix History, on vinyl and digital platforms via Wild Klamath Records.