Antarctica was a band poised to make its mark. Playing largely in the punk/indie rock circuit, their sequenced New Order/Underworld-esque keyboards and swirling shoegaze influenced guitars couldn’t have been more out of place. Perhaps this is why people took notice.
After the release of their 81:03 recording in 1999, Antarctica toured the country, came home, and promptly fell apart at the height of its existence. At the same time Chris Donohue was finishing up songs in his studio with Steve DePalo who also made production/programming ends meet. As time progressed so did the music and Antarctica drummer Glenn Maryansky was brought on board as well as longtime friend and National Skyline guitarist James Minor to help with live performances.
The new batch of songs were too electronic for an indie-rock label and too pop for an electronic one to feel comfortable with the material. No one knew what to think. Dance floor beats, painstakingly detailed electronics, sparse delayed guitars, coldwave synths, and airy vocals all echoed elements of Antarctica while progressing forward towards a distinctive, rhythm-oriented sound. Rather than waiting for the rest of the world to catch up, the band started their own label Artikal: and released their debut 58:34 full-length. The album was greeted with enthusiasm, appealing to an odd mismatch of indie rockers, new wave enthusiasts, goths, IDM-types and post-punk fanatics with an interest pouring in from the undergrounds of Russia, France, Spain and Japan.
Following a three-year hiatus, Ova Looven returns in 2007 with the long-anticipated Gravity Has Expired 12" and an untitled forthcoming full-length recording scheduled for a mid-summer release.