Guest Spotlight: Ego Likeness
Created on 19 October 2012
Last Updated on 30 November 2013
Ego Likeness was created in 1999 by artist Steven Archer, a DC native, and writer Donna Lynch in Baltimore, Maryland. Taking their name from Frank Herbert’s classic science fiction novel 'Dune', the band began as an experimental/dark trip hop project, moving the project in a darker electronic/dance direction in 2000. Since then they have explored a heavier rock sound while still remaining true to their electronic roots.
In addition to touring extensively with The Cruxshadows, Voltaire, Ayria, Angelspit, The Ludovico Technique, Ego Likeness has had the honor of sharing the stage with The Damned, Peter Murphy, Chris Connelly, Collide, Razed in Black, Bella Morte, Das Ich, Rasputina, Iris, Decoded Feedback, The Azoic, More Machine Than Man, In Strict Confidence, Combichrist, Stromkern, New Model Army, And One, Seabound, Attrition, Assemblage 23, Nitzer Ebb, Aesthetic Perfection, Terrorfakt, The Gothsicles, and many others.
Ego Likeness has performed at festivals throughout the US and in Europe, including Dragon*Con (Atlanta GA), Convergence 11 (San Diego CA), Dracula’s Ball (Philadelphia PA), Ring Con (Fulda, Germany), Balticon (Baltimore MD), Black Sun Festival I (New Haven CT), Freaks United (DC), Eccentrik Festival (Raleigh NC), Reverence (Madison WI), Wicked Faire (Somerset NJ), WTII Mini-Fest (Chicago IL), several Electronic Saviors Benefit shows, and others.
In addition to releasing four EPs and five full-length albums, they have appeared on numerous compilation CDs, including Electronic Saviors 1 and 2, several Asleep by Dawn and Hot Topic releases, and 'Where's Neil When You Need Him?' (a tribute to the work of author Neil Gaiman, DFD 2006).
Steven is the creator of the atmospheric electronica project Hopeful Machines, and occasionally performs with Terrorfakt (NYC). He is also a resident DJ at Spellbound in DC.
Steven, a graduate of The Corcoran School of Art, continues to exhibit paintings, sculpture, and mixed media pieces in various galleries, stores, conventions, and venues throughout the US, and online through the band's website, Facebook, and his Etsy store. He has been a regular contributor to Weird Tales Magazine and Steampunk Magazine. He is the author and illustrator of one children's book, 'Luna Maris' (Imaginary Books, 2008), and the graphic novel 'Red King Black Rook'.
In addition to numerous poems and short stories, Donna has done various spoken word performances, and released two collections of poetry: 'In My Mouth' (2000) and 'Ladies & Other Vicious Creatures' (Raw Dog Screaming Press, 2007). Her first novel 'Isabel Burning' debuted in 2008 through Raw Dog Screaming Press and a prequel is scheduled for release in early 2013. A novella, 'Driving Through the Desert' was released on Thunderstorm Books in 2012, and the German Edition of 'Isabel Burning' will be released by Voodoo Press throughout Europe before 2013. She is a recurring guest reader at Pseudopod.org, and is an active member in the Horror Writer's Association.
Official Ego Likeness Website