Lies, Lies, Lies!
On January 6, 2017, Afflicted By Design released their new Ep, Lies, Lies, Lies!. Mixing hard-driving rhythms and heavy guitars, with electronica, Lies, Lies, Lies! features the 2 new original songs “Automatic Static” and “Warm and Pretty Lies” along with 2 remixes of those tracks.
After recording and producing the previous Afflicted By Design releases on his own, Afflicted By Design frontman S.A. Sebastian Gnolfo enlisted Kfir Gov, of the Tech-n-Roll band Seek Irony to produce Lies, Lies, Lies! “It was difficult giving up control to someone else,” says Sebastian, “but when I sat down with Kfir to go over the songs he showed me that I was writing like a guitar player, ignoring my vocals. AfterI just a few minutes I was able to sing them better. I knew what it could work.”
For Lies, Lies, Lies! Sebastian wanted to create something that combined industrial, punk and synth-pop, and Kfir helped achieve that vision, especially with the track “Warm and Pretty Lies,” which features vocals by Rona Rougeheart of the band SINE. According to Sebastian, “Writing the lyrics to ‘Warm and Pretty Lies,’ it felt like a Human League song. I really wanted to capture that ‘Don’t You Want Me,’ kinda vibe, but heavy. Kfir recommended Rona for the female lead. I had seen Rona play drums, but I didn’t know she sang. Kfir introduced us, she got behind the mic, and her part really pulled the song together.”
On Lies, Lies, Lies! Sebastian is joined by former Otto’s Daughter bandmate Fred Fata on lead guitar and guitars synth, Rom Gov —Kfir’s bother and bandmate in Seek Irony — on drums, and Rona Rougeheart of SINE and Dead Love Club on vocals on “Warm and Pretty Lies.” The remix of “Automatic Static” was done by Sebastian’s former Otto’s Daughter bandmate, Jacqueline Van Bierk, who also appeared on “This Is Not A Love Song,” and the remix of “Warm and Pretty Lies” was done by Lenny Gonzalez of A Chango Feo Abstraction, who will make an appearance on a future Afflicted By Design release.
Digital Release Date: 1/06/2017
Warm and Pretty Lies Music Video
Warm and Pretty Lies was directed and written by Ken Morales, based on a story by S.A. Sebastian Gnolfo.
Release Date: TBA
This Is Not A Love Song
February 3, 2015, Austin, TX – On February 25, 2015, Afflicted By Design will make their third release with the single, “This Is Not A Love Song;” a goth-industrial inspired version of the classic song by Public Image Ltd. “This Is Not A Love Song” is the second single from Afflicted By Design’s cover song project. The new single will be available on iTunes, Spotify, Google, Amazon, Spotify, Rdio, Deezer.
For the cover song project, Afflicted By Design will be covering songs by bands that influenced and inspired the musical upbringing of Afflicted By Design’s S.A. Sebastian Gnolfo. Public Image Ltd, whose post-punk fusion of rock, dance, folk, pop and dub, is one such band that has left an indelible mark on him.
For “This Is Not A Love Song” Michael J. Carrasquillo (Slick Idiot, isol8ed) returns on drums, and reunites Sebastian with former Otto’s Daughter bandmates Jacqueline Van Bierk on vocals and Jim Robbins on guitar solos.
Digital Release Date: 2/25/2015
I Believe In Halloween
On November 4, 2014 Afflicted By Design released the “I Believe In Halloween” single. The new Afflicted By Design single, “I Believe In Halloween,” is only available digitally at iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, AmazonMP3, Rdio & Deezer .
Originally intended as a Halloween release, the song got held up in licensing red tape. However, like “Everyday Is Halloween” by Ministry, this isn’t a seasonal Halloween song. It’s an anthem for people that celebrate the night, that are out of the ordinary, that are a little bit left of center, that worship the dark. For those of us that everyday is Halloween.
Once again S.A. Sebastian teamed up with Michael J. Carrasquillo (Slick Idiot, isol8ed) on drums and vocals, and, this time with Dylan S. Mitchell (Scratcher, Blueberry High Heels) on guitar solos. And –this is pretty cool– Mike’s daughter makes a special appearance singing in the choruses.
“I Believe In Halloween” is a cover of the song by The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black; an amazing Goth-Punk band from NYC, whose songs and performances have influenced and inspired Sebastian. After you’ve listened to the Afflicted By Design version, take the time to check out the original. TVHOKB is pretty badass!
- I Believe In Halloween • mp3, aac, wav
- I Believe In Halloween zipped WAV download (includes music, booklet and one sheet) • zip
- I Believe In Halloween zipped MP3 320k download (includes music, booklet and one sheet) • zip
- I Believe In Halloween zipped AAC 320k download (includes music, booklet and one sheet) • zip
- I Believe In Halloween One Sheet • pdf
- I Believe In Halloween Digital Booklet • pdf
- I Believe In Halloween Cover Art (jpg) & bull; 1024, 960, 640, 480
#nameless features 3 original guitar-driven Industrial Metal songs — “Jesus Christ Machine,” “South Side of Sickness” and “Dreaming Mona” — with Goth and electronic influences. #nameless is loaded with heavy metal riffing, hyper-overdriven sounds, declarative vocals and not-totally-organic sounds, synths and loops which draw on Afflicted By Design’s Goth, industrial and heavy metal roots.
Written and arranged by S.A. Sebastian Gnolfo, #nameless was performed by Gnolfo with Michael J. Carrasquillo (isol8ed, Slick Idiot), Pete Collins (Cave Penny, Freedom) and Skunk Manhattan (Quartershackle, A Good Rogering); several former bandmates and friends from the New York City, NY and Austin, TX Industrial and Metal scenes.
1st EP, 3 tracks (with bonus track available)
Digital Release Date: 5/14/2013
CD Release Date: 5/14/2014
- Afflicted By Design Bio: pdf
- #nameless MP3 download (includes music and booklet ): zip
- #nameless MP3 download (includes music, booklet and all promo materials): zip
- #nameless WAV download (includes music, booklet and all promo materials): zip
- #nameless Press Release: pdf
- #nameless release one sheet: pdf
- #nameless digital booklet: pdf
- #nameless cover art (jpg): 1024, 720, 640, 480
- Logo: black on white, white on black
Afflicted By Design is an Austin, TX-based, guitar-driven Industrial rock band founded in 2012 by S.A. Sebastian Gnolfo. As its main producer, singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist, Sebastian is the only official member of Afflicted By Design. Afflicted By Design pays homage to Sebastian’s Goth, Industrial and Heavy Metal roots, drawing comparisons to bands such as Rammstein, Ministry, Rob Zombie and Filter. For each Afflicted By Design release Sebastian is joined by different musicians and former bandmates from the New York City, Los Angeles and Austin Industrial, metal and punk scenes.
On Nov 4, 2014, Afflicted By Design released the single, “I Believe In Halloween,” a cover of the goth-punk classic by the Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black. “I Believe In Halloween” features Sebastian on lead vocals, guitars, bass and synths with Michael J. Carrasquillo (isol8ed, ex-Slick Idiot) on drums and background vocals, and Dylan Sinclair (Scratcher, Blueberry High Heels) on lead guitar.
On May 14, 2013, Afflicted By Design released its first Ep, entitled #nameless, a collection of 3 original tracks. #nameless features Sebastian on lead vocals, guitars, bass and synths with Michael J. Carrasquillo (isol8ed, ex-Slick Idiot) on drums, Pete Collins (Freedom) and Skunk Manhattan (Quartershackle, A Good Rogering) both on lead guitars.