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. A demo called ‘Songs From a Dead City’, recorded on a four track, was released in 1999.
By 2000, Archer and Lynch were moving the project in a darker electronic/ dance direction, resulting in a self-released full-length album entitled ‘Dragonfly’.
Ego Likeness signed with Dancing Ferret Discs for the release of 2004’s ‘Water to the Dead’. This album featured the band’s electronic roots while exploring a heavier rock sound.
2005 saw the band tour Germany, Luxembourg, and the continental US with label mates The Cruxshadows, and their first album ‘Dragonfly’ was re-released on Dancing Ferret Discs.
In 2006, EL toured Germany once again with The Cruxshadows, performed at Dragon*Con in Atlanta GA, and released their third full-length CD 'The Order of the Reptile' (DFD), as well as their first video for the track 'Aviary' (directed by Lynch, Archer, and late Baltimore photographer Lauren E. Simonutti).
The winter of 2006-2007 saw another US tour with The Cruxshadows and Ayria.
In late autumn of 2007, EL was back in Germany, as well as Poland, and the UK with Alfa-Matrix act Ayria (Canada) and Australia's Angelspit (DFD). The band also released the first of four limited edition EP's entitled 'South'.
In early 2008, they headlined a warm-up tour of the US and performed at Black Sun IV before setting off with Voltaire in the spring for his month-long Maiden Voyage Tour. EL performed once again at Dragon*Con 2008 in Atlanta GA.
In 2009, the single 'The Lowest Place on Earth' was released, as well as the 'West' EP.
Their fourth full-length album, 'Breedless', was released on Metropolis Records
The band continued touring throughout the US in 2010 and 2011, performing a third time at Dragon*Con 2010.
2012 saw the release of the final compass EP, 'East', and a second re-release of the now-out-of-print album 'Dragonfly'. A new single and video (directed by Kyle Cassidy
The fifth full-length, 'Know Thine Enemy' is scheduled for release in 2014.
In addition to touring extensively with The Cruxshadows, Voltaire, Ayria, Angelspit, The Ludovico Technique, EL 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, Thrill Kill Kult, and many others.
EL 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.
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); released remixes for The Cruxshadows (Cassandra-Fortress in Flames), The Last Dance (Terribly When- Reflections of Rage), Thou Shalt Not (Inside of You, In Spite of You- The Projectionist), Black Tape for a Blue Girl (Tarnished- Scarecrow), Information Society (This Way Tonight- Synthesizer), Angelspit (Vena Cava- Krankhaus, Girl Poison- Black Kingdom Red Kingdom , Ditch the Rest- Carbon Beauty), and many more, and have been remixed by acts such as Komor Kommando, Bella Morte, Angelspit, Terrorfakt, and many others.
Archer and Lynch appear on Voltaire's album 'Then and Again', and Lynch has lent her vocals to tracks on The Dark Clan's 'Dance Magic Dance', Angelspit's 'Hideous and Perfect', and Aiboforcen's 'Dedale'.
EL has been featured in publications such as Gothic Beauty, Outburn, ABD, Sideline, Pollstar, Sonic Seducer, and COMA to name a few.
The band works extensively with renowned Philadelphia photographer Kyle Cassidy < www.kylecassidy.com>, one of his photographs of Archer and Lynch appearing as "Photo of the Day" on Wikipedia's main page in 2012.
Archer and Lynch have been married since October of 1999 and currently live in Mayland with two hairless cats.
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.
Archer and Lynch make up the experimental/ spoken word outfit The Trinity Project and have released two albums under that name-' The Trinity Project I' (2001) and 'The Subtle Movements of the Entropy Engine' (2003), which are available for download on the MUSIC page of this site.
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'. He was invited to The Goddard School at NASA in 2012 to read 'Luna Maris' to a group of young students, and has plans for a second children's book in the near future.
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 'Red Horses' was released in the summer of 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 in 2014. She has also collaborated with Steven on several art projects, including a handmade, limited edition illustrated book called 'Twenty-Six (An Uncommon Book of ABCs)' and a series of Key and Lock paintings, which will likely be released as a complete collection in book form in the future, and 'Daughters of Lilith' (RDSP, 2010). She is a recurring guest reader at Pseudopod.org, and is an active member in the Horror Writer's Association