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Mully & Sculder are an extraordinarily gifted, powerful and unique duo. The band consists of the wildly musically well suited Sarah Wheeler on vocals, guitar, keyboards, programming and drums & Aaron Trory on vocals, bass, guitar and keyboard. They boldly explore the depths of synth-pop and new wave with a contemporary flare. Never forgetting to have fun while exploring the dark depths of the human condition, they are inspired by the creepy yet comforting nature of the cult classic X Files, which was filmed in their hometown of Vancouver, Canada. They are influenced by the infectious nature of Depeche Mode, the earnest romantic longing of The Cure and the bold experimental nature of David Bowie. They are pumping new life into an otherwise lost art of a genre, often reserved for underground warehouse parties in Berlin.
Origin: Vancouver, BC
Genres: Synth-pop, post-punk, new wave
Years Active: 2018 - Present
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“Billboards” starts out with the kind of neon-lit, bass-bombed synth line that New Order once specialized in, with the metronome-steady Eurodisco drums steering things straight for the dance floor.”
“This is a powerful duo... These musicians continue in the vein of those who have mastered the approach to polyphony in their skills and produce a sound that is reliant upon all of the elements coming together in a sparse yet complex fabric of sound-texture. This is just their musicianship.”
"Mully & Sculder saved one of the best track for the tail end of 2020 with the wrenching Heartbreaking. Mully & Sculder are a force to be reckoned with... Wheeler shreds right into your heart with her deeply expressive voice"
November 2020 sees the release of their new single, “Heartbreaking”. The song's haunting undertones mirror the themes explored within; the unknown landscape of the dating world and the cycle of how we pursue things we’re attracted to that are also capable of harming us.
“The Moon”, the third single from the duo, is a moody ballad with an air of melancholy. The song explores the feelings of alienation, isolation, and disconnection; within ourselves and with those around us; that can occur after going through a major life change while living in a technologically advanced society.
“Billboards” is an infectious synth-pop concoction brewed up with ACTORS mastermind Jason Corbett (Art d'Ecco, Mesa Luna, The Gathering) at his Jacknife Sound studio. Mike Usinger, the Music Editor of Vancouver news-and-entertainment weekly the Georgia Straight, wrote a rave review of the track, which he nominated as “Vancouver’s new official anthem”.
“Like Animals”is a throbbing slice of dark neo-new wave, buoyed by the duo’s heaven-sent vocal harmonies. The band show a suitably moody video for the song in the British Columbia Sugar Refinery—a century-old industrial building.