"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 to 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.