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The Rock-itt : July 2011
Greg Chaseling, Bass and Vocals, had been performing in both live and garage bands for years but had always loved to entertain audiences more than anything else. W hen the band he was with at the tim e was not meeting his expectations he decided to follow his vision and Framed was birthed. Greg was faced with starting from scratch. Back in early 09 Greg put an advertisement in Drum Media for band members with an interest in performing, not just jamming. Response was surprisingly good and within a short tim e he had drums, lead guitar, lead singer and even keys. The next few months was all about everyone finding their feet, learning new material and gelling into a unified sound. The band felt there was a need for more depth of sound. So, Steve Ball (Lead Vocals) gave an old mate who he’d done some jamming and writing with, Barry Spalding (Rhythm Guitar, Harmonica and Vocals) a call and within a few short months they were ready for their first gig. A six month residency at Mona Vale Hotel in the latter half of 2010 saw the band honing its skills and Greg had finally seen his vision for a performing band come to fruition. By the end of 2010 momentum was flowing thick and fast, but something that had been in the back burner popped up, so to speak, and the Drumm er at the tim e, Brad Hobbs, elected to give the band a miss for a while to help his wife with their new baby. “Some things just happen like that”. So, with big shoes to fill, Greg put the call out to a another mate, Matt Jeffs, who he had played with before and known for approximately 10 years. Matt and Greg had played in Greg’s previous company’s corporate band, and Framed had a new Drummer who fell into perfect sync straight away. Just as well because the band had decided to cut a demo of 11 songs from their repertoire to use for marketing. So, Christmas, New Years was spent at Moonlight Studios in Brookvale getting the true Framed sound down pat. W ith little effort the demo was done with a surprisingly almost-live sound that epitomised exactly what the band is all about. It was early this year when lead guitarist Aldo and Nick (Keys) decided they wanted to move in another musical direction doing two piece piano bar performances and focussing on original compositions. Enter Mike Spooner, a well seasoned lead guitarist who has been a successful ‘live circuit’ musician for the last 30 years & who has contributed greatly to the band’s new harder guitar-edged sonic-sound which the guys are looking forward to unleashing on their live audience. The guys are always working on their repertoire and the harder guitar edged Rock/ Funk sound is really working well for them with the bands they cover and with their audiences. Material from bands such as: Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Doors, Queen, Pink Floyd, U2, Powderfinger, Chilli Peppers, Foo Fighters & INXS make up part of the current songlist...all designed to get people up & moving on the dance floor...giveaways, audience participation & dance offs are all part of the great show you should expect to see from these well seasoned rockers. It takes little encouragement to get the lead singer, Steve, and the Rhythm Guitarist, Barry out on the dance floor interacting with patrons during the sets, which all adds to the fun.