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Operating out of New York City, indie outfit Challenger is John Ross, a songwriter and producer whose work in music predates this most recent creative project Ross has a background as a composer for film and television. With the addition of a backing band for live performances, Challenger got its start in 2012 with debut LP The World Is Too Much For Me, solidly establishing Ross' eclectic, synth-infused sound.

The band returned recently for a sophomore full-length effort, Back to Bellevue, released digitally back in May, and recorded in Ross' childhood bedroom in Florida in a break from his home-base of Brooklyn. The album, which features vocals from Ian Dudley of the Inner Outlaws and Jon Lawless of First Rate People, sees Challenger's cinematic sound amplified even further. Now, the band's premiering a video for their single "Science of a Seizure." The video, directed by Caleb Rugg and shot at Pennhurst Hospital near Philadelphia, features Ross acting as the abandoned asylum's resident phantom, vocalizing behind delays, high-voltage synth lines, and percussion.

Watch the video below. Back to Bellevue is available now via iTunes.

Artist Bio

Challenger is an indie band from New York City, helmed by producer/songwriter John Ross and rounded out by a backing band for live performances. Ross self-released Challenger's debut LP The World Is Too Much for Me in 2012. The album's epic pop sound drew comparisons to Small Black, Peter Gabriel, and Tanlines.

Back To Bellevue is the band's second full-length, which Ross wrote and recorded in his childhood bedroom in Florida, on an extended "vacation" from the hustle of Brooklyn life. Challenger's songs are cinematic, borrowing influences from Ross' work as a film and television composer. Back To Bellevue features vocal parts from Ian Dudley of Inner Outlaws and Jon Lawless of First Rate People.


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