Washington, DC-based duo Technophobia (aka Katie and Stephen Petix) are really making a difference with their art. Not only are they releasing compelling music, Technophobia harbours a passion for paying it forward and helping those in need Stephen and Katie own and operate the nonprofit record label Working Order Records, which releases vinyl records and hosts benefit shows to raise money and awareness for community-based charities in the DC area. In just four years, their efforts have raised over $12,000 for charity.
“We are working to bridge the gap between musician ideology and social impact,” they say in their mission statement. “Our operating model aligns with our belief that music is inextricably linked with the potential for positive change. WOR facilitates fundraising/advocacy campaigns on behalf of different community-based charitable organizations. We partner with musical artists to leverage their music and popularity to advocate and fundraise on behalf of one of our partner charities. Each campaign we launch is unique in that it is always with a different charity and with various musicians. The Working Order Records mantra is Music -Vinyl – Impact -Change.”
Technophobia’s new release, Some of Us Are Looking at the Stars, is a shimmering, evocative masterpiece. Mastered at Abbey Road in London, the album brings together Technophobia’s unique layered electronics with emotive vocals and memorable hooks that merge into a cohesive powerful collection of songs. Katie’s voice tugs at the heartstrings; the album overall brings to mind the pathos of Chromatics. Technophobia announced on their Facebook page that their record release benefit show will stream live from Washington, DC’s The Black Cat on Saturday, December 5th at 9 PM EST.
(FYI you do not need a Twitch account to tune in, but you will need one to post and interact!)
Some of Us Are Looking at the Stars is available through all digital and streaming formats and will be released on both compact disc and vinyl from Working Order Records.