Having checked out in advance all the bands scheduled to perform on the 21st of February, '09 as part of promotion called Gotham Rocks, I was most intrigued to see and hear Shadows Lie.
They describe themselves as a dark, intense blend of heavy guitars reminiscent of Staind, Portishead-like electronics, Days of the New type acoustic guitars, and vocal stylings ranging from Tori Amos to Incubus. The songwriting is distinctive and intensely emotional yet concise and mature at the same time.
The band was started by vocalist Kira Leigh and bassist Cary Tamura.
Rounding out the band are guitarist Frank Grullon and drummer Marco Britti.
Bassist CT is a unique and dynamic player.
I immediately noticed the 5 string bass he played.
Naturally a female fronted progressive-metal band will instantly bring to mind groups like Evanescence and Lacuna Coil
Those were definitely the two biggest bands I was thinking of while listening to them. If you're going to do this kind of music, then that's pretty much right where you want to be.
Check out this live performance:
In addition to being an outstanding bassist, CT also works as a producer and songwriter for a number of New York-based projects. He has written and produced tracks for RCA Records, DoughZone Records (Universal), TVT Records, Warner Bros Pictures, Rough Nation Films, CBS, MTV, and VH1.
Frank Grullon is experienced in playing both classical and rock guitar. His playing style fuses modern rock with electronica elements.
The ferocity of the moment.
Drummer Marco Britti was rock solid throughout the set. His bio states that he has extensive touring and recording experience all over the world with artists such as Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez.
Kira blends prom dresses, rock boots and glam gloves in a way that would please Courtney Love.
Shine on you crazy diamond
Catching up for a quick chat!
You can find out more about Shadows Lie here:
And more about the Gotham Rocks showcases here: