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James Karnes manipulates a double guitar/bass device whilst vocalizing like an angel. Christopher Pomerenke spearheads a drums/keyboards contraption whilst singing from the heart.

Less Pain Forever is a musical tribute to Lush Budget Presents the Les Payne Product featuring original members James Karnes and Christopher Pomerenke. While James manipulates a double guitar/bass device whilst vocalizing like an angel, Christopher spearheads a drums/keyboards contraption whilst singing from the heart. The duo harmonizes like hyperventilating choir boys in a mano-a-mano duel to the death between two one-man bands.

The music lives in the same dense and sparse state of life and death duality as the desert furnace from whence it was forged. Throw in musical telepathy between the two and you have a mix that is quirky, discordant, structurally complex and, strangest of all, full of pop hooks worthy of arena rock anthems.

Less Pain Forever began its incarnation as music's first and only rock tribute band to itself in the summer of 2001 by embarking on an "endless tour." The duo ditched their worldly possessions and deserted their beloved desert compound to traverse the country in a 35 foot black motor home. Their dazzling live stage shows have wowed audiences and quickly amassed a cult-like following across the United States and Europe.

From the Troubador in Los Angeles to the Mercury Lounge in New York City (and nearly every Wal-Mart in between) Less Pain Forever have shared the stage with Jimmy Eat World, Modest Mouse, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Mates of State, Xiu Xiu, Deerhoof, Frank Black, Ween and countless others. The band has been labeled everything from musical arsonists to rock 'n roll saviors to the founding fathers of Phenomeock.


Less Pain Forever: I Know What It's Like To Want To Dance
CAT. #: ALP045
Life-death, soul searching-star gazing, comedy-tragedy, performance art disguised as indie-rock-pop is PHENOMEROCK. PHENOMEROCK is LESS PAIN FOREVER. LESS PAIN FOREVER have created "I KNOW WHAT IT'S LIKE TO WANT TO DANCE."

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"Arizona's sweltering capital now boasts a pair of musical arsonists called Less Pain Forever, whose bonfire approach to the indie-festooned school of songcraft might just outshine that majestic Phoenix bird-- or cremate the two hucksters in mid-beat. Either way, guitarist James Karnes and drummer/keyboardist Christopher Pomerenke harmonize like hyperventilating choirboys, and as the demon-addled force behind such energized chicanery, they more than ably compensate for their lack of bandmates."
- John La Briola, Denver Westword

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