Gothic Rock, Post Punk, Deathrock band formed c 2001 by Vladimir Munoz (vocals, bass) originally of Santiago de Chile. Partner: Lisa Miles (electroviolin). Now Based in North America.
We are so pleased that our new album ARCHAIC FIRES is finally out (released 12/25/19)... and that our Los Angeles and Southern California tour with Ravens Moreland band (Bruce Moreland & Linda LeSabre), as well as Rikk Agnew Band was a great success and blast. (More on LA and how that came about, below).
Sadly, due to the pandemic, JESUCRISIS was unable to play the scaled-down final, legendary Lumous Gothic Festival XX in Tampere, Finland July 2020. But the honor of being invited will not be forgotten; the band intends to head out that way to play with compadres in the near future!
So while sequestered, the band first took a much needed rest. But then... on to the overseeing of the making of two videos off the new album-- Serpiente de Nuit and Sister Moon (found on our YouTube channel). More in the works, with next up likely the ambitious DR Shock. As well, we got on the bandwagon like so many of our international friends (those who were unfortunately not able to gig before the virus shut all down)-- JESUCRISIS was a part of two livestreamed Festivals in the Fall, performing from their home studio in Pennsylvania. (Those videos, as well, are up on our channel.)
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As for the West Coast gigs... the first weekend had the band's album release gig, along with Ravens' new material as well, on Thursday eve Feb 13 (presented by local gothic events promoter Luna Negra) at The Alibi in Palm Springs. The desert road trip out there in Ravens' van, and after-crash with friends of drummer Linda LeSabre was something we'll never forget. Next up was Eddie Lopez's The Redwood in downtown LA that Saturday, also with Ravens. Photos there were shot by LA's premier punk photographer Deb Frazin. On Feb 26 at midnight, JESUCRISIS performed live on KXLU 88.9 FM, and the wrap-up finale gig was in Anaheim, at The Doll Hut. There, JESUCRISIS played a supercharged deathrock set in a very punk setting, opening for Ravens Moreland and then the Rikk Agnew Band. The fun wasn't over till Rikk invited Lisa & Vladimir, both this time (see below) up to sing on "Deathwish." Memorable beyond words.
Back story to LA:
Vladimir & Lisa wanted to plan something special for their upcoming end-of-year album release, so they decided upon LA, where they could visit some friends and family and throw a little party. Totally prepared to punk rock it if needed, a DIY kind of gig in any available space, they put out a few feelers. A mere few hours later, the band InBox had a message from a dark punk veteran of the LA scene, Ravens (Bruce) Moreland. "When are you guys going to be in LA? Someone said you're looking for shows and bands to.play with... You sound a lot like my band, we are OC Deathrock, we also use some backing tracks. We should try to do some shows together." Needless to say, JESUCRISIS was floored. (Ravens was a founding member of Wall of Voodoo, The Weirdos, Nervous Gender, and has written songs for Concrete Blonde and more, going back to late 70s LA.)
Plans became finalized on several mutual gigs, and the band's good fortune did not stop with Ravens invite. To add to the honor, Ravens’ friends, the legendary Gitane Demone and Rikk Agnew (Christian Death, Adolescents, Social Distortion) expressed interest in joining in for a select gig or two. The two duos even had a chance to meet already, when the Rikk Agnew Band came to PA and the full five-piece visited Lisa & Vladi’s home sanctuary on Perry Hilltop. (Vladimir also got to sing “Deathwish” with his idols on stage the next night;) POSTSCRIPT is that Gitane suggested The Doll Hut alongside GDQ or RAB and Rikk invited JESUCRISIS & Ravens to open for Only Theatre of Pain in Santa Ana at The Observatory, a gig that never came through... Nevertheless, in a middle week off from our own gigs, Vladimir and Lisa were able to catch "Phantoms: The Rise of Deathrock from the LA Punk Scene" book release / GDQ & OTOP gigs, not to mention also road-trip it up the coast to Big Sur, home of the Henry Miller library (and long-literary inspiration to Vladimir).
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LATIN AMERICAN TOUR ‘19 ~ JESUCRISIS wrapped up their first tour in March '19 as the newly-emerged duo, three very successful dates headlining shows in Chile and Peru. In Santiago, they played Miercoles Mutante at Bar Uno March 20th & at Caja de Musica March 22nd --both presented by Productora Mutante. Their ultimate show was of grander scale in Lima on March 30th, presented by Cueva de Murcielagos. Fans of the band old and new welcomed Vladimir and Lisa in the two countries, with Lima in particular remembering Vladimir’s visit for Cadaver Fest of years back. JESUCRISIS released a limited special edition CD for the Latin American tour-- the six-song EP featuring Vladimir’s earlier compositions (‘12) plus five bonus tracks (one single from 2016 as well as the newer material composed with Lisa thus far.) JESUCRISIS in the Spring and Summer of 2019 will return to composing, for the full-length new album release later this year. As well, they are scoping out good opportunities to play in the States and Europe upcoming. A Latin American return will always be viable, as the second home of the band.
JESUCRISIS became established in North America (Pennsylvania), with Vladimir continuing his long-standing band in a new home, since Dec. ‘17. He has been writing lyrics and composing songs with Lisa for their intended album and performances internationally. Inspiration newly comes from their gothic old home perched above the three rivers (Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio), in addition to the natural environment and rich native american history of the area. As bass and electroviolin, with programmed percussion and occasional guest artist collaborators, their material is unique and exotic gothic rock, deathrock, dark post-punk. Their first major work together was put out approx. 9 months after they began talk of collaborating-- the exclusive single “Serpiente de Nuit, Nov. ‘17.” It showcased Lisa’s multi-violin composition with the previous-writ (but unreleased) pen of Vladimir. His unearthed lyrics, as well as dark minimalist bass, were the perfect match to a piece which brought out a new sound to Jesucrisis’ gotico.
*Because we have been asked innumerable times, the pronunciation of our name: "Hey-Sue-Cree-Seize"
'lil clip of "Dr Shock" from our last show of the LA/ SoCal tour, w Ravens Moreland & Rikk Agnew Band
New-- June 2020
"Rose of the Monolith" is a special single off the forthcoming album of Jesucrisis, w/guest guitarist Jay Ravine of The Flatfield (Finland). It was released just before the Latin American tour, Feb '19...
Jay Ravine and the guys in The Flatfield collaborated with Lisa on a song that will later be released in '19, and met her when she herself traveled to the Lumous Gothic festival in Finland in 2017. Soon thereafter, abreast of her travels to Chile, Jay soon became a good friend to not only Lisa but also Vladimir. It was Jay who approached Jesucrisis with the idea of some sort of collaboration, just as Vladimir was getting used to northern hemisphere winters. This song seemed the perfect vehicle for the cross-continental collab.
Vladimir wrote lyrics (as well as 3 bass lines) that bowed to the famous folktale of Baba Yaga & Vasalisa, especially inspired by the magical illustrations of Ivan Bilíbin, who portrayed the candle in eye-sockets of skulls held up by posts and carried into the forest by innocent young Vasilisa in the tale.
The songs for the new album have been taking shape since the start of 2018. JESUCRISIS emerged fully ready to perform as a duo in March ‘19, with those concerts in Santiago de Chile and Lima, Peru. (“They were at the height and the process of maturation as is evident in a band”-- Cueva de Murcielagos.) With further new songs emerging since his establishment in the States, the body of work of JESUCRISIS continues in its vein of excellent and out-of-the ordinary gothic. Vladimir’s intention is to traverse back to Barcelona (where he lived and performed for almost a decade) and beyond, now with Lisa.
Jesucrisis Live in Lima~ "Sangre y Piel"... We love the dynamic visuals of the duo in this little excerpt
Bauhaus, Christian Death, Paralysis Permanente, Fields Of The Nephilim, Nick Cave, The Mission, Swans...
“Elegant and sophisticated harmonies... An exciting sound, very dark and well-crafted... If you like Death Rock and Gothic Rock, don’t miss this one, it is a stunning, high quality release.”
— D. Olvera, Gothic-Rock Magazine, Aug ‘15.
Statement by Vladimir:
The music of Jesucrisis is influenced by goth and deathrock, as well as post-punk. I have been influenced not only by rock music but also by literature, poetry and other cultures of the world. I have felt for some time, since the inception of the band in 2001, that music expands existence to other times and other cultures, indeed to other realms, not unlike the spectral figures in Plato's "Allegory of the Cave.” As well, it transports one beyond invading pop culture (cultural poverty) and other impoverishments of a country. I spoke of this, and my band like a boat traversing cultures and various countries, since earliest days creatively.
The name Jesucrisis is a reference to the great crisis of authority suffered by the church, both in the intellectual and political order, and in the passage from the medieval to the modern era... the wars of religions and the constant struggle between men for the defense of 'unique truths' and 'chosen people'.
While playing in a punk band in the 90s that I named Terror Policial (Police Terror), I started to recruit old buddies who could play good gothic rock. These became a parade of musicians who left their indelible mark on the history of Jesucrisis. During my stay in the Catalonia region of Spain (Barcelona), I participated in the gothic metal band Silent Memories, among other projects. I also wrote music articles as a reporter for Historias Del Lado Oculto Zine in Ecuador. During my stay there, nine years, I created music-- I played sometimes just with the underlying back tracks of the themes of Jesucrisis, and I of course performed some songs with the help of musicians from other local bands …
More of Vladimir's Biographical info can be found on the JESUCRISIS Reviews page, where there are other colorful, in-depth interviews . And as with Lisa, Vladimir has another life that helps support the music. He is a licensed, long-experienced electrician and his business, creatively run with Lisa's support, is detailed here: www.vmo-electrical.com
Jesucrisis "Espectros" Live at Caja de Musica, Santiago de Chile, March 22, 2019