SPY CATCHER (Gallows / Haunts/ Cry For Silence sideproject) @ SATANS HOLLOW - SEPT 21ST - TICKETS ON SALE NOW - http://www.wegottickets.com/event/54850
In January 2009, Spy Catcher got busy. Steve Sears and Stu Gili-Ross had talked about this band for ages. It was quite a simple concept really – old friends making honest, real sounding songs that feel completely right. No digging up the past or regenerating the present. Nothing pre-meditated or stylized.
A spontaneous demo tracked at Steve’s humble home studio along with guitarist Mitch Mitchener and drummer Ali Gordon really got the ball rolling, and within a fortnight, the track ‘Music That My Dad Likes’ had already been hailed as Radio 1’s ‘Unsigned Track Of The Week’ and featured in Kerrang’s ‘Ten Songs You Should Hear Now’.
Steve and Mitch met aged just eleven recording Hendrix and Cream covers on a four track tape recorder after school, and have been involved in the much talked about Watford music scene ever since. Mitch went on to play bass for London outfit Haunts while Steve and Ali toured with hardcore veterans Cry For Silence. CFS shared stages with Stu’s bands Winter In June and Gallows, so in short – Spy Catcher have known each other forever, it was just a matter of time before they came together as a band.
Since instantly selling out of their sought after demos, Spy Catcher have self produced their debut release. ‘We wanted to have control over this record and make it sound like us – no gimmicks or studio magic, it’s live, loud and honest.’ Their live shows are played as if each is their last and simply confirm the sincerity that can be heard on record.
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"When you think of Daddysmilk, consider them as equals to MCR and PATD. Hailing from Manchester, UK by way of Norway, the band churns out fantastically cheeky rock with a theatrical sweep. There’s plenty of dissonance and distortion – guitars careen herky jerky to the raucous stomp of drums. Singer Kris Zeigler teases, mocks and croons like a rakish pied piper, beckoning listeners to follow him through his tales and character sketches. Surrender now, and you’ll find yourself doing anything for Daddysmilk’s deliciously melodic rock drama. (But you won’t do that.)"
San Sebastian was originally formed by guitarist Paul Copestake and bassist Jamie Lomas who had long planned to branch away from the metal scene of which they were a part of for a number of years to explore a more creative route. Jamie called upon former Veils bandmate Darren Pugh to play drums and Paul and Jamie's long search for a distinctive and talented singer came to and end when Darren brought his long standing friend Chris Aaron who proved to be in instant success. The 4 then started writing in preparation for a first trip to the studio to record with Rick Powell. The first incarnations of the tracks "Memory Box" and "My Obligation" were instantly enough to gain positive recognition and a number of gig offers including a mix of acoustic and electric sets and already supporting big names such as Chuck Ragan of Hot Water Music.
At this point Darren decided he would prefer to concentrate his time on his main band and soon after Paul and Jamie recruited old friend Ben Hammond to drum in his place. This proved to be an strong inspiration to writing the start of a strong catalogue of songs and again the band hit the studio to record a debut, self-produced EP to be released Autumn 2009 containing a memorable mix of instantly catchy guitar hooks and riffs, intricate and melodic basslines and drumbeats which seamlessly flicker between hard hitting beats and funky grooves all topped off by the distinctive, powerful yet haunting voice of frontman Chris Aaron. The result is a mix of songs which contain hints of influences from bands such as Muse, Maroon 5, Incubus, Blur, .................... to create a soundscape which is sure to see San Sebastian pushed into the fore as a new force to be reckoned with.
Coming from Moss Side in Manchester and surrounded by 'Urban Music' styles, we decided to form something real and drown that shit out.