Provoker is a band from the Bay Area, featuring members of San Jose and Oakland punk bands. The collective plays a cracked version of new wave/dark wave—steady beats, warbled horror soundtrack synths, reverb, gauze-like layers of guitar sound over undeniable melody. There is a narcotic effect on their brand of synth-pop, fusing the mood and atmosphere... Provoker is both hangover and remedy for 80’s over-saturation, skipping the pomp and grandiosity for something more organic."
- J.K. LOUIE, 2018
Provoker was formed by Jonathon Lopez and now consists of core writing duo Lopez and vocalist/ songwriter Christian Petty. Live Provoker features Kristian Moreno on percussion & Wil Palacios on bass