SEEKINGVocalist, Rhythm Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Other Percussion, Piano, Cello, Electronic Music.
Hey! I'm 29 year old guitarist, song writer, producer, with heaps of experience all over the shop. Lots of good contacts, and I live on a boat.
Played in loads of bands, and one of the main songwriters in most projects
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- Member since:
- Apr 25 2016
- Active within 2 weeks
- Level of commitment:
- Years together:
- Gigs played:
- Over 100
- Tend to practice:
- 1 time per week
- 31 years
Radiohead, Atoms for Peace, Gorrilaz, Blur, The Smiths, Roots Manuva, Regina Spektor, Son Lux (totally underrated group), anything Trip Hop, anything Jazz.
Full home studio, too many guitars, bass, synth, Cajun (that I built)
Like Paper Planes
Like Paper PlanesTrue to its name Like Paper Planes positively soars. The motoric verses build an implacable momentum, Anthony and Ahmar taking turns to stoke the engine before the whole composition heads off the edge of a cliff, hanging suspended for a moment before the chorus kicks in, Missy’s voice careering skyward as if caught in a thermal. Switching to halftime and back with anthemic emphasis, it’s a hook that makes you want to throw your arms around the world – a perfect antidote to the 21st Century brand of isolation detailed by the lyric. Co-producers Benjamin Williams Alex Fernandes Mixing/Mastering Lee Wary
What It Is To Be
What It Is To BeThe first single from State of Play's forthcoming EP, 'What it is to Be' lyrically charts the rise of human kind, from hunter gatherer to the most technologically advanced and dominant species (for better or worse) on earth today. Already quite a departure from your usual pop/hip hop themes. This concept builds momentum throughout the track, which is mirrored musically as the song evolves from a spacious and ethereal XX-esq groove, to a full on, driving, distorted riff in the second verse. Finally it crescendo's in a cacophonic wall of sound, as singer Missy McAnulty's soaring vocals echo the earlier themes of Anthony's verses in a melodious flurry that sits on top of the thrashing drums and guitars Co-producers Benjamin Williams Alex Fernandes Mixing/Mastering Lee Wary Biography Blending elements of alternative rock, and socially conscious hip hop, State of Play wear a healthy disrespect for genre boundaries on their collective sleeve. Crossing seamlessly from the neo-soul swagger and urban vibes of The Roots, to the wearied tenderness of Lauryn Hill, to the thrashing drive of Rage Against the Machine and The Pixies – State of Play prove that you don’t have to play it safe to be accessible. Given the melting pot mentality at heart of the band’s sound, it’s perhaps surprising that in the context of their tight, powerful compositions it’s the similarity rather than the diversity of their influences that shine through. The fine-tuned formula of mixing insightful lyrics and anthemic chorus hooks with infectious grooves that you can't stop yourself nodding along to, has proven to be a success. This is especially evident in the live arena, where the front trio of Anthony (A-Mens) Mensah, Melissa (Missy) McAnulty and Ahmar (S.V) Ferguson never fail to win the crowd over. Meanwhile, guitarist Alex (Fando) Fernandes applies his prodigious talent with unreserved glee and the rhythm section (Will Kerr on bass and Ben Spooner on drums) clearly enjoy surfing their shared wavelength. Taken together, it’s enough to convert even the most stoic, cross-armed cynics into bouncing believers well before the encore. Delivering a message that genuinely seems to resonate with the masses, the group clearly belong to a tradition that sees music as a weapon, with their sonic cross-over credentials proving the perfect vehicle for the band’s social commentary. There’s an infectious sort of joy you usually only find in people who truly believe in their work. State of Play have it in droves. Combine that with an uncompromising fighting spirit and you have a recipe for something truly memorable.
Borderlines - DEMO
Borderlines - DEMOIndustry DEMO of material for a Spring release.
By Your Side
By Your Side