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PRGRM

RIYL

Blonde Redhead, How to Destroy Angels, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Massive Attack, Mogwai, M83, Purity Ring, Matte Black

Inception

San Diego , 2012

Influences

Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Television, Pink Floyd, Nine Inch Nails, Metric, Beach House, David Bowie, St. Vincent, the Cure, Mogwai, M83, Brand New, Explosions in the Sky, Iggy Pop, The Knife, Teagan and Sarah, Death From Above, Refused, Portishead, Joy Division, the Faint, Depeche Mode, Kraftwork, Smashing Pumpkins, Perfect Circle, Deftones, Thursday, the Bled, Blue Oyster Cult, Alan Parsons Project
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Formed in 2012, PRGRM began as a duo (singer Tza aka Tonya Pugh and Daniel Corrales) working out experimental ideas in a space called the Warhol Loft. Their Eavesdropper EP was released on their own Beta/Noise label in April 2015. "We plan on making a limited run on vinyl which seems to be more nostalgic, and distribute digitally," Tza told the Reader at the time. The group was filled out by Alejandro Rodríguez Iñiguez and Nhsr L'baron, aka Diego and Chava.

As for the EP cover, "At first we wanted to work with the concept of birds and feathers because the title Eavesdropper -- ie a little birdie told me -- but in the end we took a live shot of our drums and added layers of analog cables creating this dreamy concept that really represents the music and the tools we use to make it. Eavesdropper is simply having everyone know your secrets in a warped sense. The whole EP alludes to the destruction of ourselves and our worlds, and how we are gonna gain that control back individually and as a group."

Asked about the band's worst gig, Tza cited "Any show that is poorly promoted or where you get paid $15 no matter how many people you brought. No, I take that back. There's a little hole in the wall in Calexico, it was closed for unexplained reasons. The stage was about to fall out beneath us, which we as a four-piece didn't even fit on, and the sound board only had two working inputs, so for a band with synths this was impossible. I'm pretty sure we did three songs and said 'Okay, that's good, let's have beers and forget this happened.'"

Co-founding singer Tza, aka Tonya Pugh, passed away in summer 2017. Daniel Corrales went on to dark electro-pop rockers Matte Black, alongside Alex Gonzales and Bidi Cobra. Their debut album I’m Waving, Not Drowning was preceded in July 2020 by a single for “Pure” and the album includes a cover of Depeche Mode’s “Stripped.”

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there was an investigation open for Tonya's cause of death that hasn't been updated as resolved... any idea if that investigation was closed with the official cause of death?

March 4, 2019

I'll check with the medical examiner and will update the band page if the data is available -

March 4, 2019

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