FOR SIMON THIS FEELS LIKE A HOMECOMING..FIRST PICKING UP THE GUITAR AT 12 AND WINNING THE SCHOOL MUSIC PRIZE MUSIC WAS ALWAYS GOING TO BE HIS VOCATION IN LIFE.
AFTER PLAYING THE LOCAL MUSIC SCENE AND GETTING FRUSTRATED AT THE LACK OF MUSICAL OUTLETS, HE STARTED TO TAKE MUSIC LESSONS AT THE GUITAR INSTITUTE IN LONDON WITH GUITAR LEGEND SHAUN BAXTER.
HE WORKED THERE FOR 7 YEARS AFTER MAKING A FULL MOVE IN 89 PLAYING CLUBS SUCH AS THE MARQUEE AND THE BORDERLINE WITH ROCK BAND LOOSE, BLUES BAND THE FLYING DUCKS IN EUROPE, ALONGSIDE SESSIONS FOR VARIOUS STUDIOS AND BANDS.
IN LATER YEARS HE HAS KEPT THE WOLVES FROM THE DOOR PLAYING AT HOME AND ABROAD IN BANDS SUCH AS ALEXANDERS PALACE,TEACHING GUITAR FOR YAMAHA MUSIC SCHOOLS AND SPENDING 5 YRS IN TENERIFE IN VARIOUS BANDS
HE HAS MANAGED TO TAKE ALL HIS MUSIC AND LIFE EXPERIENCE AND TO WRITE A BUNCH OF INSPIRED SONGS THAT RELECT HIS MUSICAL HEART.
WRITING AND PERFORMING MUSIC WITH A STRONG FOUNDATION IN THE BLUES/ ROCK IDIOM HE FEELS HES FOUND HIS MUSICAL HOME.
ITS THE MUSIC HE LOVES AND ON WHICH HE WAS RAISED.
HIS SMOKY VOICE AND SWAMPY STRAT TONES ARE HEART FELT AND THE SONGS SPEAK,OF RETRIBUTION, BROKEN DREAMS, LOST LOVE, HARD LIQUOR, AND FINALLY REDEMPTION SET IN A NO- MANS LAND THAT FEELS ALL TO FAMILIAR.

AND IN HIS OWN WORDS;

THIS BANDS MANTRA IS FEEL. IF THE SONG DOESN’T EVOKE EMOTION OF SOME KIND, EITHER BY THE MELODY, RHYTHM OR LYRIC IT DOESN’T GO IN THE SET.
THATS THE BENCH MARK. THATS THE MUSIC I TRY TO WRITE. MUSIC THAT HAS MEANING.
I HOPE WE ARE DEVELOPING A UNIQUE VOICE AND THAT PEOPLE ENJOY IT.”





TREVOR

THE SIGHT OF A DRUM KIT ALWAYS FASCINATED TREVOR LONG BEFORE HE EVEN THOUGHT ABOUT PLAYING.

THERE WAS ALWAYS SOMETHING HYPNOTIC AND PRIMAL ABOUT THE DRUMS THAT DREW HIM IN.
HIS FIRST EXPERIENCE WAS WITH HIS UNCLES KIT, IT WAS A SPARKLY PREMIER KIT IN ALL ITS GLORY, AND WELL, THAT WAS IT!
LATER ON HE MET HIS GOOD FRIEND PAUL, HE HAD A KIT IN HIS CARAVAN IN HIS MUMS YARD, “YOU FANCY A GO THEN” WAS HIS QUESTION. WELL HES BEEN HOOKED EVER SINCE.
SO AFTER JUST PLAYING FOR FUN WITH HIS FRIENDS HES GONE ON TO PLAY PROFESSIONALLY FOR THE LAST 20YRS. PLAYING MANY STYLES FROM ROCK N ROLL TO WHEREVER!
HE STILL LOVES THE INSTRUMENT AND HAS RECENTLY BEING LUCKY ENOUGH TO WORK AGAIN WITH CLOSE FRIENDS ON SOME EXCITING PROJECTS INCLUDING THE BAND NEON LEAVES WHERE HE RECORDED AND RELEASED 2 ALBUMS ON FLIKNIFE RECORDS.
NOW HES WORKING WITH THE ABANDONED BROTHERS. AGAIN FRIENDS COMING TOGETHER TO CREATE NEW MUSIC AND TO WORK WITH INSPIRING PEOPLE.
“I ALWAYS LOOK FORWARD TO GETTING TOGETHER WITH THE GUYS, ITS A BLAST..WE’RE ALWAY CURIOUS TO SEE WHERE SIMON WILL TAKE US ON OUR MUSICAL JOURNEY.

GRAHAM


GRAHAM IS MORE THAN JUST A BASS PLAYER, HE DOESN’T JUST LAY FOUNDATIONS, BUT CREATES BASS LINES THAT STAND ON THERE OWN.
COUNTERING THE MELODY AND SYNCOPATING ACCENTS THAT ARE ESSENTIAL
TO THE ABANDONED BROTHERS SOUND.
HE HAS PLAYED IN VARIOUS MUSICAL SETTINGS SINCE THE 80S IN BEING SIGNED WITH THE PROG BAND NEON LEAVES ON FLIKNIFE RECORDS IN 2012 AND SHOWING THE REASONS HE GOES BEYOND STANDARD BASS LINES IN THE ABANDONED BROTHERS.
GRAHAM IS A REVEREND AND THIS COULD BE THE REASON THE ABANDONED BROTHERS ARE SUCH A WELL BEHAVED BUNCH THESE DAYS!



 

THE BAND

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