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***With a background in classical guitar, UNNATURAL WAYS founder AVA MENDOZA has wowed listeners across genres, channeling her blazing technique toward the outer edges of jazz, noise-rock, and metal. Inspired equally by Sonny Sharrock, The Butthole Surfers, and Morbid Angel, Mendoza's musical prowess has led to collaborations with a long list of living legends in the avant-music sphere and beyond: John Zorn, Nels Cline, Carla Bozulich, Fred Frith, Violent Femmes, and more. Mendoza formed Unnatural Ways in Oakland, California in 2012. Largely instrumental, the band's first two albums were released on New Atlantis Records and John Zorn's Tzadik label, respectively. Like Keiji Haino, or the most experimental moments of Black Flag, chewed up and spit into deep space, the sound was bluesy and epic, whilst complex. Mendoza relocated to Brooklyn in 2015. Unnatural Ways' third album, The Paranoia Party, heralds a new chapter in Mendoza's story: it is the first album to feature her vocals as a central element in every song. A guitarist for 27 years, Mendoza has finally brought her vocals to the forefront, singing with a sweetly commanding wail that evokes Siouxsie Sioux. Perhaps it is no coincidence that she chose this point in time to do so—The Paranoia Party's lyrics tell a sci-fi tale that is relevant and crucial to the news of today. In Mendoza's words, it is about "aliens and being alien; political paranoia, inclusion, exclusion, migration, immigration, border crossing, alter egos and alternate realities."
The Paranoia Party was recorded by JASON LAFARGE (Swans, Devendra Banhart, Opening Bell, Gnaw, Nastie Band) at Seizures Palace in Brooklyn, and mixed by COLIN MARSTON (Gorguts, Kelly Moran). Playing alongside Mendoza on the album are bassist TIM DAHL (CHILD ABUSE, LYDIA LUNCH'S RETROVIRUS) and drummer SAM OSPOVAT (ENABLERS).