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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, Trance and 80's new-wave.

Discography

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  • 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
  • Paper Dolls (CD, Vinyl) - 2016

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  • 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.
  • Break-Up Song: "Three Months"
  • Broken Bird: The songs "Girl on the Floor", "Lovely Day" and "1000 Transmissions" are good examples.
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  • Cybergoth
  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • 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

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