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New ESP Artists: Confession
Following the success of their debut full length Cancer (2009) and sold-out national tours throughout 2010, Australian hardcore band Confession prepares to push forward with their new album, The Long Way Home.
The band travelled to Byron Bay to write 10 new songs, then took the project all the way to Sweden to record with iconic Swedish metal producer Fredrik Nordström, at his Gothenburg Studio. ‘We knew he was going to make this record sound amazing,’ says singer Michael Crafter of the talented producer.
Recent line-up changes have seen guitarists William Carrete and Doyle Perez brought into the fold – both of whom have been added to the Australian ESP roster. Both are pictured left with their MH and Eclipse series LTD axes, which have been put to heavy use on the band’s recent tour of Australia and will be seen at the upcoming Soundwave juggernaut. More info on Confession here:
CMI welcomes Northlane’s Jonathon Deiley to the ESP artist stable
Since their formation in early 2009, Northlane has created music with the intention to reject ideology, conformity, convention and expectation.
Since mid-2009, the band has been delivering powerful and dynamic live performances that have seen their popularity soar.
Early 2011 saw the band in the studio recording their ten track full-length debut album. Entitled Discoveries, the CD, which was labelled by Kill Your Stereo as ‘Australian album of the year’, coincided with their signing to We Are Unified and was released with much anticipation on 11-11-11, straight off the back of a 24-date regional headline tour.
Discoveries was a game changer for Northlane - the critical acclaim following its release was unprecedented and their fan-base exploded almost overnight. Finally the unrelenting kilometres on the road and service station pies were paying off. The Discoveries Tour in support of this release was by far their most successful tour to date – once half empty rooms were now packing out across the country.
2012 has already proven a huge year for the band as they show no signs of letting up or slowing down. In the words of Hysteria Magazine’s David Young: ‘They’ve captured a remarkable sound on their debut that can often take years for bands to achieve. The future is here and Northlane’s time is now.’
Jonathon came on board via B-Music in Adelaide. About ESP/LTDs, Jonathon says: ‘Over the span of my time as a musician, I’ve grown up with many of my idols playing ESP/LTD guitars. When we were recording our debut album Discoveries, I bought an LTD VB-400 on the whim because none of our guitars – although much more expensive – were intonating correctly and were drifting in pitch and sounding muddy in our low tunings. We ended up recording almost the entire album with that Viper and I’ve played it live ever since. Not long after I finished recording. I also picked up a used ESP original series Viper 7 Baritone. I love both of these guitars and they are the only ones I use for Northlane, although the 7 is a little hard on my back!’
For more info and sounds visit: www.facebook.com/northlane
RMV endorsee Kevin Murphy
For a small guy, Kevin Murphy has a big sound. One of those guys with amazing feel for the music he plays. Kevin has worked with (many artists) and with all of these artists, he has given them the drive and the energy that is a trademark of his playing
Paul Matcott, Drumscene
A gifted musician, Kevin has been playing drums and singing since he was 5 and started his first regular gigs at 12. A true performer, he has been playing professionally ever since.
For the past 20 years Kevin has been a prominent name in the Australian music scene, recording and touring with some of Australia’s biggest names.
He has appeared, extensively on almost every major TV show in Melbourne, including: CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT, HEY HEY IT’S SATURDAY, GOOD MORNING AUSTRALIA, IN MELBOURNE TONIGHT and has also performed on America’s TODAY SHOW and FOX AND FRIENDS.
He is currently a freelance drummer/vocalist/songwriter with a wide variety of musicians around Melbourne and his CV includes:
• Touring worldwide in 2011 with Tommy and Phil Emmanuel on their 50th Anniversary tour.
• Recording with young virtuoso guitarist, KIERAN MURPHY (no relation)
• Touring, writing and recording with LITTLE RIVER BAND
• Touring with CKM (DARRYL COTTON, JIM KEAYS and RUSSELL MORRIS)
Kevin has also recorded and worked with such diverse names as: Tina Arena, Bachelor Girl, Jack Jones (Irwin Thomas), James Morrison, Dragon, Mark Williams, Dale Ryder, Troy Cassar Daley, Christine Sullivan, Graeham Goble, Beeb Birtles, Glenn Shorrock, Geoff Achison, Phil Manning , Vanetta Fields, Stylus, Peter Cupples, Peter Noone and heaps more he can’t remember. He has also seen many other even more famous people!
Find out more here: www.myspace.com/kevinmurphyis
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