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Photo by Jessica Hallock


Extra Life was formed in 2007 as the main vehicle for New York-based guitarist/composer/vocalist, Charlie Looker. The band plays a fusion of aggressive math rock, dark dramatic pop, modern classical, and ancient liturgical music, bridging the worlds of abstract art music and DIY post-punk musical culture. Looker was a founding member of NY noise-chamber outfit Zs, frontman of industrial metal band Psalm Zero, and is a prolific collaborator across the experimental music scene, with credits including Xiu Xiu, Dirty Projectors, Lingua Ignota, Darius Jones, and John Zorn.


Between 2008 and 2012, Extra Life released four records, and toured the U.S. and Europe extensively, including appearances at Primavera Sound (Spain), Moers (DE). Villette Sonique (FR), and Bad Bonn (CH), and sharing bills with Sonic Youth, Ariel Pink, Deerhoof, Owen Pallett, Deerhunter, and Chelsea Wolfe. Looker put Extra Life on hiatus in 2013, to focus on his classical composition, improvisation, and his metal band Psalm Zero.


Looker reunited Extra Life in 2021, releasing Secular Works Vol. 2  (2022), to great acclaim, and The Sacred Vowel  (2024), both on his own imprint, Last Things Records. International touring followed, including a slot at A Colossal Weekend Festival (DK). The current band line-up includes Toby Driver (Kayo Dot), violinist Timba Harris (Ultraphauna, Secret Chiefs 3), and drummer Cameron Wisch (Sheer Mag, Dust Star).


"On The Sacred Vowel, [Extra Life] create sublime miniatures that veer from moody gothic and folk arrangements... to dramatic progressive metal architectures”   - Antonio Poscic,  (The Wire)

“... art that produces dread and foreboding...” – Andrew Beckerman, (Dusted Magazine)

“one of the very best bands ever” (Marina Organ, The Organ)

​​​​​​​“experience the bizarre, mesmerizing, cathartic and sometimes discomforting music of Extra Life” (Elliott Sharp, Village Voice)​​

“The best album of last year … was Made Flesh” (Noel Gardner, The Quietus)

“Looker has pinned, and punctuated, a gargantuan musical brand. The progressive, deeply poly-rhythmic, almost vaudevillian pieces ally Gregorian chant with Scandinavian chug metal and sheet music with a skeletal calm distinctly its own.” (Jack Mills, DAZED)

“the microscopic attention to rhythmic variation and interplay, the monolithic rumble and dissonance, the medieval-chant-based intonations ... Extra Life possesses a visceral urgency, a metal-like heaviness and frenzy” (Nate Dorr, IMPOSE)

“experience the bizarre, mesmerizing, cathartic and sometimes discomforting music of Extra Life” (Elliott Sharp, Village Voice)

“meticulously crafted, sublime avant-folk and orchestral art-rock damage articulated by Looker’s singular voice and deliciously fucked wordplay” (Brad Cohan, Village Voice)

“[Looker is] an art-rock visionary.” – Hank Shteamer, (Time Out New York)​

“[Secular Works, Vol. 2 ] literally invaded us… It possesses us, fascinates us, transports us…” – Max Lardin (Exitmusik, FR)

"... a mesermizing form of avant-rock raga..."  - Brandon Stosuy, (Stereogum)


November 2024 - Northeast / Midwest U.S. tour, dates TBA

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