Ayria (pronounced area
) is a Canadian futurepop/synthpop musical solo project formed in early 2003 by Toronto's Jennifer Parkin (formerly of the band Epsilon Minus). Her music incorporates feminine vocals with elements of Industrial
and 80's new-wave.
- Debris (CD) - 2003
- My Revenge On The World (EP) - 2005
- Flicker (CD) - 2005
- The Gun Song (EP) - 2008
- Hearts For Bullets (CD) - 2008
- Plastic Makes Perfect (CD) - 2013
- Alice Allusion: "Blue Alice" is Alice in Wonderland themed.
- Audience Participation Song: "My Revenge on the World" becomes one live, where the audience is encouraged to count along with Jennifer Parkin and punch the air during the "Strike!" chant.
- Big "Shut Up!": Several times in "The Gun Song"
- Breakup Breakout: After leaving Epsilon Minus the band fizzled out after a couple years, while Parkin has gained much more notoriety with her solo project, still going strong after a decade.
- Breakup Song: "Three Months"
- Broken Bird: The songs "Girl on the Floor", "Lovely Day" and "1000 Transmissions" are good examples.
- Dye Hard: Jennifer Parkin is actually naturally brunette.
- Epic Rocking: "Lovely Day". Though in this case it's Epic Trancing.
- Fractured Fairy Tale: "Blue Alice" is, as the song itself says, one fucked up fairy tale.
- Fun with Acronyms: Parkin once playfully suggested that "Ayria" stands for "Awesome, Yeah Really I'm Awesome."
- Girls with Guns: The album cover and photo shoots for Hearts For Bullets played this trope up to it's fullest, even though "The Gun Song" is a Doesn't Like Guns song, and apparently Jennifer Parkin is in fact very anti-gun.
- Grief Song: "1000 Transmissions", "Letter From an Angel"
- It Is Pronounced Tro PAY: Tempting as it is to pronounce it "AY-reea" or "Ay-Rie-ah", it's actually pronounced like the word "area".
- Lyrical Dissonance: Some Ayria songs are uncannily the catchiest Tear Jerkers you'll ever hear, when you listen to the lyrics.
- The Man Is Sticking It to the Man: The subject of the song "Selling Rebellion".
- Ms. Fanservice
- Obligatory Bondage Song: "Bad List" and a cover of "Hurting You Is Good For Me".
- One-Woman Wail: "Counterblow", in which Parkin just begins vocalizing in the middle of the song.
- Perky Goth: Jennifer Parkin herself.
- Schedule Slip: Plastic Makes Perfect, which after almost a year of Development Hell finally debuted in Spring 2013.
- Self-Backing Vocalist: On quite a few of the songs. In concert though, Parkin's female keyboardist provides backup vocals.
- The Something Song: "The Gun Song"
- Synth Pop