Are you a fan of Godsmack, Ultraspank, Amen or Snot? If so, you NEED to check out Lo-Pro, a new rock/metal act composed of members from those acts whose album is on Aaron (Staind) Lewis' label.
If you're remotely interested, you NEED to check out their music on the media player available at http://www.bandbuilder.com/lopro/. I must say that both the media player and the music available is quite excellent and worth your time if you like the genre.
Also, check out the band information available courtesy of Bonfire Marketing & Management below.
Pete Murray: Vocals
Neil Godfrey: Guitar
Tommy Stewart: Drums
Pete Ricci: Guitar
John Fahnestock: Bass
Lo-Pro's self-titled debut conjures large spaces.
The melodic and memorable guitar work and subtle atmospherics draw your
mind's eye to a distant horizon line. The powerful drums cut up that
distance with an easy grace. And Pete Murray's rich vocals achieve
on the chorus of every song. You would never guess it all started in
Remembering those spaces now, Lo-Pro's five members shake their heads
laugh. There was Murray's closet of a bedroom where he and guitarist
Godfrey first demoed the album. There was the 7-foot-square rehearsal
compartment where the duo auditioned their future bandmates in Santa
And there was the Boston-area hotel room where the band polished
arrangements with Staind's Aaron Lewis, their 413 Records/Geffen label
Soon after, they entered the relatively spacious tracking booths and
rooms of L.A.'s NRG studio to record 413's premiere release with
Don Gilmore (Linkin Park).
Of course, it almost never happened at all.
Throughout the late-'90s, Murray and Godfrey dedicated their lives to
Ultraspank. The industrial-tinged aggro-rock act toured relentlessly
two well-received albums, but were ultimately left demoralized by label
politics. Following the band's final tour, they both took day jobs and
Murray gave up on the idea of ever playing in a band again.
Then Godfrey turned up at his door one day with a batch of new tunes.
"I'd had enough," admits the singer. "But that didn't last long. The
Neil showed up with these new songs... it was weird, things started to
happen differently. We didn't set any goals; we were just making music
have fun. That's where the name came from--we wanted to keep the hype
minimum and let the music speak for itself."
Lo-Pro's demos eventually reached Lewis, who was launching 413 with
President Jordan Schur.
"I was really picky about what I brought to the table as my first band,
I found exactly what I wanted with Lo-Pro," says Lewis, who runs 413
help from Staind guitarist Mike Mushok. "I was handed a demo that Pete
Neil made in Pete's bedroom on a computer--and it sounded better than
of the finished product being played on the radio."
Lewis's advice to the band? Surround yourself with the right people.
Enter former Godsmack drummer Tommy Stewart, former Snot and Amen
Jon Fahnestock and guitarist Pete Ricci. Having endured similar
experiences, the new members brought a shared empathy to anthemic songs
"Reach," "Sunday" and "Fuel," as well as moodier numbers like the
Murray's lyrics may sound relentlessly downcast on paper ("Why's it
feel like Sunday?" he sings on "Sunday"), but the melodies and
always supply a hopeful, uplifting quality to the songs.
"Coming out of the situations we were all in, it would have been really
to write an angry album," allows Murray. "But we really tried to rise
"We just tried to make these mood-altering songs sound the best they
possibly could," says Godfrey.
"Simplicity--the best songs are just the simplest thing in the world,"
"And there's not one swear word on the album--now that's something I've
never been involved with before," adds Fahnestock, laughing.
The occasional use of expletives aside, the band members' personalities
reflected in the music, according to producer Don Gilmore.
"They had to pick themselves up by their bootstraps and start from
he says. "A lot of people can't do that; they don't persevere. These
are survivors and they've shown that they won't stop until they've had
For Lo-Pro, however, there was really no other alternative.
"When you start playing music at a young age, it's all you ever want to
your entire life," says Stewart. "It's almost like you don't have a
I don't think any of us chose to do this. I think it chose us."