Ego Likeness

Ego Likeness are a goth/darkwave/trip hop band from Baltimore, created in 1999 by artist Steven Archer, a Washington DC native, and writer Donna Lynch. Taking their name from Frank Herbert’s classic science fiction novel Dune, the band began as an experimental/ dark trip hop project. A demo called ‘Songs from a Dead City’, recorded on a four track, was released in 1999.

By 2000, Archer and Lynch were moving the project in a darker electronic/ dance direction, resulting in a self-released full length album entitled 'Dragonfly'.

After a short hiatus from recording, a lengthy period of trial, error, revision, and many live performances, Ego Likeness signed with Dancing Ferret Discs for the release of 2004’s ‘Water to the Dead’. This album featured the band’s electronic roots while exploring a bit of a heavier rock sound.

2005 saw the band tour Germany, Luxembourg, and the continental US with label mates The Crüxshadows, as well as performing at several festivals on the east and west coast, including Convergence 11 (San Diego CA), Dracula’s Ball (Philadelphia PA), Black Sun Festival I (New Haven CT), Freaks United (DC), Eccentrik Festival I (Raleigh NC), Dragon Con (Atlanta GA), Ring Con (Fulda, Germany) and others.

Their first album, Dragonfly, was also re-released on Dancing Ferret Discs in 2005.

In addition to The Crüxshadows, they have had the honour to share the stage with Voltaire, The Damned, Chris Connelly, Collide, Razed in Black, Bella Morte, Das Ich, Rasputina, The Start, Iris, Decoded Feedback, The Azoic, More Machine Than Man, In Strict Confidence, Combichrist, New Model Army, Attriton, The Last Dance, and many others.

Their third full length album, ‘The Order of the Reptile’ (released July 4th 2006, Dancing Ferret Discs) ventures back into the realms of heavy electronica, a bit of trip hop, some goth rock and darkwave.

2006 also saw the release of Where's Neil When You Need Him? a tribute to writer Neil Gaiman featuring the song ‘You Better Leave the Stars Alone’, written for the book Stardust. The band toured Germany once again and the US with The Crüxshadows and Ayria throughout the winter of 2006-2007.

They toured in Germany, Poland and the UK in the fall of 2007 with Ayria {Canada} and Angelspit (Australia}.

2008 will see EL touring the US throughout late winter and spring, as well as releasing their 4th full length album in late summer/early fall of 2008. They are also slated to perform at Black Sun Festival in March, 2008.

Archer and Lynch have been married since October 1999 and currently live in Baltimore.

Lynch has written a dark fiction novel entitled Isabel Burning, which will be released by Raw Dog Screaming Press in the summer of 2008. She has also released two collections of poetry, "In My Mouth" (2000), and "Ladies and Other Vicious Creatures" (RDSP, 2007).

Archer is slated to release a children's book entitled "Luna Maris" in the summer of 2008. He periodically DJs at venues in Baltimore and DC, and performs with the DC industrial band BlindTillNow. He is also the creator of the electronic/ noise project Hopeful Machines and continues to show art in various venues on the east coast.

Archer and Lynch are also the creators of the experimental/instrumental/spoken word outfit The Trinity Project.


Remixes by Ego Likeness

Guest Appearances

Compilation Appearances

  • Asleep By Dawn Magazine Presents: DJ Ferret's Underground Club Mix #1
  • The Best of Radio Free Abattoir
  • Dancing In The Dark: 10 Years Of Dancing Ferret
  • Dancing In The Dark: 2006
  • Where's Neil When You Need Him? 2006


  • Steven Archer- guitar, programming, vocals, music and words
  • Donna Lynch- vocals, piano, words and music

Past members

  • Justin "Dingo" Sabe- keytar, synths, noise
  • Adam Goode- bass
  • Tim McCracken- keyboards
  • Dave O'Donnell- drums
  • Jenny Mettee- guitar, cello
  • Stephanie Kim- violin
  • Jerome Lintz- drums
  • Nick "Konchog Nyima" vonZoll -drums
  • Dan Mullen- guitar
  • Amanda Mason- keyboards, backing vocals
  • Shaun Mason- guitar
  • Magpie Killjoy- drums (still tours with EL on occasion)

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