Cleveland’s Dragons of Zynth (aka Bronx-born twins Aku and Akwetey O.T.) have had a busy year, what with taking part in David Bowie’s curated Highline Festival, and opening for Television & Apples in Stereo at Central Park’s SummerStage. A band described as having the “hottest futuristic/eclectic sounds heard anywhere” our funky Dragons have announced this week a 7″ single commemorating the two-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, “”Xerathyn (Between Two Hurricanes)” out on Gigantic Music, and their debut album, Coronation Thieves due on October 2nd (also on Gigantic). Produced by the Dragons and David Andrew Sitek of TV On The Radio, we’re told that Thieves promises to be “the aural experience of a lifetime.”

(Photo by Tear-n Tan)

Watch out for Sentimentalist Magazine‘s feature on the Dragons in our Fall issue – due in mid-September!

Catch the Dragons this fall on the following dates:

8.30 Glasslands Gallery, Brooklyn, NY ((10pm)
9.6 Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
9.7 SUNY Purchase, NY
9.8 McCarren Pool w/ Modest Mouse (6pm)
9.22 BARD College , NY (10pm)
10.3 Pop Montreal (Crashin’ In Party)

To read the Dragons’ bio, click the jump!

Hailing from rock hall capital Cleveland, OH, the band fronted by Bronx born twins, Aku and Akwetey O.T. draw influence from like-minded visionaries. Having trained classically since the age of 5, Aku and his twin grew up with a deep love of Hendrixian watershed psych, Zeppelin’s proto-blues-stomp, and the lyrical streets-weeping of techo-bots Outkast.

Later studying music theory and performance with legendary Jazz saxophonist/flutist Yusef Lateef, the twins enacted Lateef’s “auto-physio-psychic” approach to music crafting new pathways in modern music that outpaces their short year-and-a-half in existence. Rounded out by drummer extraordinaire, J. Bizza, and bold bassist, Autry Fulbright (who also fronts NYC band, Shock Cinema)

Let’s cast back to NYC 2003 and we clearly see the incarnation blooming. While Akwetey held down a job as a script supervisor for ‘Galaxy’ guiding actor Mos Def, brother Aku worked down the street putting in time at the soundbomber’s former imprint, Rawkus Records.

As synchronicity would have it the bros teamed up to help promote Mos in his debut show at the Blue-Note Jazz Club, an integral turning point in their musical direction. “Mos was in a Miles Davis-smooth-in-a-punk band type spirit, it was all new.” The O.T.s soon dove into a maelstrom of Electro-Soul orchestration, Afrobeat, and Punk Rock stirring a new future symphony that has been referred as Afrotek.

TV on the Radio have now become the Dragons biggest supporters. Following their debut in 2005 opening for TV on The Radio, DOZ’s brilliant performances have bolstered a truly majestic sound that now has avant-rock fans coming out of the woodwork. Already gaining praise from notables such as The New York Times, Spin Magazine, and Filter, the Dragons are ready to hit the world at high speeds with their brand of 21st century electro-mystic-soul.

Dragons of Zynth recently completed sessions with TVOTR and the legendary Massive Attack and are currently seeking release what might be on of the most psychotropically astonishing debut records in recent memory.