September Mourning is made up of Emily Lazar (September), Rich Juzwick, Patrick Romanelli, and Kyle Mayer. The genesis of September Mourning started in a dark New York basement, where a young girl discovered her father’s old comic book collection and quickly became enraptured by the stories, especially the characters and arcs in the Batman series.
“Those resonated with me the most,” Lazar said. “The Killing Joke’ is still my favorite comic book”. The stories and characters helped turn Lazar into a life-long artist across several mediums – including ballet, story-telling, visual art, and music. She has combined those various talents into a living and breathing, graphic-novel-come-to-life with her band of Reapers in September Mourning.
With the release of their new single “Unholy” on July 12th, they continue to forge ahead with their aural and visual extravaganza. “Unholy” raises the band’s artistry to a new level and will make for an anthemic addition to an already compelling live show.
Creating personas and telling stories through music has become reality from those early childhood days of absorbing the comics she found – as Lazar and comic book legend Marc Silvestri have developed and released their own comics “A Murder of Reapers” and “The Hand of Fate” (collectively known as “Volume I”). These books help tell the tale of September, a human/reaper hybrid with no memory of her past.
Empowered with supernatural gifts, she is driven to protect humanity from Fate and his Reapers. The books were published by Top Cow/Image Comics and come to life on stage.
Guitarist Rich Juzwick explains how the band came together in its current form.
“The music scene in Los Angeles, although large, is still the equivalent of social circles in high school. You have your circle of friends – but they know other people that know still more people and eventually you’ll run into each other. I met Kyle first, back in 2010 when I was in Gemini Syndrome. He grew up in Chicago with Aaron (Gemini Syndrome singer) and we met when that band started. Emily and I met through mutual friends a few years later. When I decided to leave Gemini Syndrome, she approached me about helping her with September Mourning. We met Pat a few years ago while on tour in Pittsburgh, as his band opened for September Mourning a few times. We spoke after those shows, and through that connection He decided to relocate to Los Angeles and became part of the Reapers”Rich Juzwick
September Mourning released a full-length album in 2016 (“Volume 2”) whose lead single “Eye of the Storm” has more than 1.6 million plays on Spotify, and more than 2 million over all. The band released 2 singles in 2018: “Empire” and “Glass Animals”.