Thursday, 12 May 2016

The Sweetest Condition Q&A

Your names: 
Leslie Irene Benson (lyrics + vocals) and Jason Reed Milner (music + synths).

Where are you from? 
We’re fortunate to be part of a growing underground scene of electronic musicians in Nashville, Tennessee.

Name of band: 
The Sweetest Condition.

How would you describe yourselves and your music? 
We’re an independent synthpop duo with electro-industrial and darkwave undertones.

Who are your main influences musically? 
We're influenced by a variety of artists. Some of our favorites (current and classic) include: Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, The Birthday Massacre, Dear Strange, Vivien Glass, Ashbury Heights, Blutengel, Ego Likeness, I:Scintilla, The Azoic, Ladytron, Chvrches, Train to Spain, Ayria, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Razed in Black, Front 242, Ministry, Gary Numan, David Bowie, The Cure, Die Krupps, De/Vision, Imperative Reaction, Gravity Kills, KMFDM, The Sisters of Mercy, Peter Murphy, Tori Amos, Prince, The Cranberries, Garbage, INXS, Duran Duran, The Cult, etc.

What do you hope to achieve in music? 
The same thing that every artist wants to achieve - creative acceptance and validation. 

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why? 
The outpouring of support we’ve received from the international online music community of alternative DJs, bloggers and fans. Hearing fans say they’ve listened to our album nonstop and they absolutely love it makes us feel like we’ve created something special. It’s great to see that so many people around the world are connecting with our music. We'll be scheduling a tour soon and hope to meet all of our fans in person.

And what’s the moment you want to forget? 
The necessary evil of working day jobs to make this possible.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why? 
Control is a good representation of the overall feel of our debut full-length album, Edge of the World. One of our fans described the song as “the greatest madcap ’80s synthesizer throwback you never knew you absolutely had to have in your life". It's also featured as the theme song for a new '80s-themed sci-fi web series launching this summer called Doctor Beyond and the Agents of ABOVE. It’s narrated by Samantha Newark (the iconic voice of the original Jem from the original cartoon, Jem and the Holograms), who also lives here in Nashville. 
The story follows four remarkable women and their allies in 1987, working to understand new strands of superscience and fight off those who would abuse it. Please check out the YouTube trailer by project founder, and our dear friend, Paul F.P. Pogue, at And support the indie film project on GoFundMe at Thanks so much!

Where can we listen to it? 

Where can we find out more about your music? 
Mailing List (get FREE music):


Truth & Light (EP, 2013) and Edge of the World (Album, 2015)

Anything else you’d like to say about your music? 
Follow us on Facebook, Spotify and your other favorite social sites, and share our music with your friends. Some exciting news: We just got our new album back from our producer, Joel Lauver. The album, We Defy Oblivion, will be released on Bandcamp later this year. Stay tuned!

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