The band has just finished recording new material with producer
MICHAEL DEMING (Lilys, Beachwood Sparks, Pernice Brothers,
Butterflies of Love) at Studio .45 in Hartford, Connecticut.
Their full-length album should be available in the Summer
PROVAN's 1999 debut EP Act Like You've Been There Before represented
the spirit of a band of wit and intelligence perfecting the
three-minute pop song. Their 2002 follow-up EP The Conquering
Pain Act demonstrated a band no less committed to their craft,
but looking to deliver the goods on a much more visceral level.
PROVAN's bright, disjointed guitar interplay recalls the likes
of Television, Spoon and Mission of Burma, while their crisp, pop
melodies may bring to mind Guided by Voices or Teenage Fanclub.
The band's lyrics are impressionistic, comparable to the pop-lyrics
of Brian Eno or the beat writings of William Burroughs, yet
their emotive delivery is surprisingly straight-forward and
PROVAN performs consistently in and around
New York City at clubs like Luna Lounge, CB's Lounge and the Mercury
Lounge, and at local universities. PROVAN have been heard
on WLIR and WNYC radio in New York and WFMU and WPSC radio
in New Jersey. Their current line-up includes:
Joe Kelly: (Guitar/Vocals) Joe previously played bass
with Hoboken's indier-than-thou VERTICAL 8, featuring members
of Merge recording artists SPENT and FRICTION WHEEL.
Bill Lutz: (Guitar/Vocals) Bill has fronted NYC hardcore
bands MUTTONHEAD and CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE, as well as the pop-core
Marc Bendian: (Bass/Vocals) Marc most recently played
guitar with Philadelphia's THOUSAND YEAR EGG, bass with Philly
alt-country favorites WOBBLY, and guitar with power-pop stalwarts
Colin Devine: (Drums) Colin has
played drums with New York's CONFORMISTS, a band once derided
by They Might Be Giants fans after a Bowery Ballroom gig as
"looking like models" and "rocking a little too hard."
Colin currently moonlights in THE HUNTING PARTY.
Contact PROVAN c/o Edna Records, 62 North 7th Street, #2L,
Brooklyn, New York 11211 tel. (718) 388-8854 or via e-mail