Named for the Latvian goddess of light, Torontos Austra feature singer/keyboardist Katie Stelmanis, drummer Maya Postepski, and bassist Damian Wolf. Stelmanis is a classically trained vocalist and pianist who joined the Canadian Childrens Opera at age ten and intended on pursuing a career in classical music before falling in love with punk, industrial, and electronic music.
In 2008 she released the solo album Join Us, and was also a member of the band Galaxy with Postepski. When that group disbanded, the pair joined forces with Wolf, a former member of Spiral Beach, and initially called themselves Private Life, but switched to Austra after discovering another band with that name. Their debut single, The Beat and the Pulse, arrived in early 2011, and their full-length debut, Feel It Break (most of which was recorded in Stelmanis? home studio and mixed by Damian Taylor), arrived in May of that year on Domino Records
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