KNITTING FACTORY PRESENTS
Traitors Gate, 57 Heavy, Faded Leroy , Break Surface
Traitors Gate hails from Boise, Idaho. The band consists of Ken Mansfield on guitars, Jayce Kefferon on drums Colby Dees on bass and their lead vocalist whom they affectionately call “Mister ‘Y’”. Four definitely strong personalities make up this band which draws on its varied creative backgrounds when writing the powerful and edgy material that can only be Traitors Gate. The band incorporates its metal, heavy rock, punk and technical influences to create both a visual and sonic experience which they are bringing to Boise and the surrounding areas this year. A recently completed demo solidified the Traitors Gate sound, for which a tremendous local buzz has started.
Created as the brainchild of singer/songwriter Shane Horsley, 57 Heavy consider themselves rock music purists. At times, the band's love for classic rock, like Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin, is obvious. Other times one might detect a hint of Sound Garden, Wolfmother, Foo Fighters or even The Police. The list goes on and on, embracing many styles of rock over the last four decades. In short, 57 Heavy is hard to hold to any one style, but without doubt, it is guitar-driven, riff-heavy rock that sounds both classic yet right in time with the music of today.
Formed in 2006, 57 Heavy is fronted by singer/guitarist Shane Horsley, with Steve Theisen on bass, Matt Fisher on guitar and Jeff Bartkowski on drums. Whether as individuals or as a group, they have performed on stages from their hometown hotspots to Hollywood clubs, music festivals, and as far as Europe, having shared a stage with several regional, national and international touring acts and performed at events with more than 12,000 people to entertain.
By 2011, the band’s hard work, dedication and undying fan loyalty had a big payoff. 57 Heavy was honored by being the winner of the Ninkasi Brewing / 100.3 The X 'Last Band Standing' competition, as well as awarded a recording deal with Topsecret Records and the opener for the 2011 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival at the Idaho Center Amphitheater, where 9,000 were in attendance. Other highlights includes opening for top touring bands such as the Legendary Steven Adler's band 'Adler's Appetite' and arena rockers, Def Leppard. Regardless of the size, 57 Heavy delivers a high-energy performance to any stage and has continued to successfully cross the lines of genre, playing alongside everything from blues based rockers like Rose Hill Drive and the legendary Pat Travers, to the internationally renown all-female AC/DC tribute band, Hell's Belles, to alternative hard rock chart toppers Rev Theory and Burn Halo, to multi-platinum selling metal bands, such as Godsmack, Megadeth.
Based out of Boise, ID, Faded Leroy formed in the summer of 2012. After performing in the Treasure Valley for over a decade with various bands, and touring regionally together, Brendan Nickel and Beau Kolar decided to rethink their approach to music. It wasn't long before the ideas were flowing. "The writing all seemed very effortless," remembers Nickel. With Nickel on guitar and Kolar on drums, they began developing those first sketches and soon had nearly an album's worth of original material. Shortly thereafter, Kolar and Nickel enlisted the help of Jeremy Cummings on vocals to assist them in further developing the tracks. They began recording "Days Between Stations" on December 21, 2012 at the Tonic Room Studios in Boise with Jason Ringelstetter manning the controls. Erin Johnson spent a short time with the band on bass and recorded the bass tracks on "Days Between Stations". In the summer of 2013, the three met Brian Lewis and they hit it off immediately. With the addition of Lewis on bass the current lineup was solidified. The band released "Days Between Stations" on March 25, 2014. With the album finished, the band has shifted their focus to live performing. Although Faded Leroy is in its infancy, the members are building on years of experience they gained playing in the region. Cummings is best known for his intense vocal stylings with Boise bands Sub*vert and Portrait of the Assassin. Kolar, drummer for Boise rock band Abrupt Edge, has a long-standing musical relationship with Nickel (both were members of Abrupt Edge, Solar Roller, and Uncle Bud). Kolar currently performs with Silverbridge and Cyan in addition to Faded Leroy. Nickel may be best known for his guitar work in earlier projects such as Organech, and Matthew C. Vanderboegh's "The Erinys" (where he first shared the stage with Cummings). Lewis fills out the low end, dishes out tasty grooves, and brings enthusiasm to the stage.
Together they have given birth to the legend of Faded Leroy, a forgotten broadcaster in the not so distant when civilization has fallen under the shadow of dark forces. All media and transmitters are under control. Alone and abandoned at a forgotten radio outpost, Leroy works tirelessly to rebuild the station and equipment, to broadcast himself across the airwaves and make contact with any surviving translators. As the darkest hour nears, Leroy closes in on the outcome of what may be his most dangerous experiment yet...future
If your looking and listening for modern, cutting edge metal with an energetic stage show then look no more.
Break Surface consists of seasoned musicians stemming from popular Boise, Idaho bands such as Yexotay, No Resolve, Malachi, Lust Greeds Envy, Brutal Season, Wormwood and Grindsole.
With excellent musicianship and songwriting skills along with great chemistry and camaraderie, the future is bright
for this talent laden band
The newly formed group with Brian Denney - Guitar,Vox; Timber Van Lom - Lead Vox;
Anthony White-Bass; and Johnny Lane - Drums, Vox is currently recording and will be releasing a Demo CD very soon.