drumfish was formed in 1992 by Alex Petty, Larry France, Neil Richardson and Aaron Bertoglio. From its inception, the band has always melded a wide variety of musical sounds, cultures and genres. This approach has led the band to develop a signature sound forged in the fires of cross genre innovation, harnessed by an acoustic modern rock feel.
The band has always focused on writing and distributing their original music. In 1997 drumfish released its self-titled first CD. Before long the band was attracting the attention of various record labels and playing venues all across the United States and Canada. As the excitement for the band grew, the demand for a follow up CD grew with it. The band released “Ra’s Zoo” in 1998 to critical acclaim.
In 1999, due to uncontrollable circumstances, the band parted ways before their full potential was realized. However, there was still unfinished business, a message that needed to be sent. There was more music that had to be created and shared. In 2000, a year after the official breakup, drumfish recorded their third CD. Not to be outdone by their earlier releases, “Under Under Hill” went on to win a nationwide song writing contest and receive the strongest praise from critics yet.
But this third CD remained dormant for nine years, without artwork, labeling or packaging. This weighed on the foursome leading to attempted reunions in 2005 and 2007. Finally, in early 2009, the band decided it was time to release this long overdue work.
While the band was preparing for the release of the 3rd CD, they began writing new music. The material the band wrote during this period was fresh and invigorating. drumfish was now writing at a new level and doing its best work yet. More than that, there was an underlying message emerging from this new music, a message carrying a call to action for needed change in the world. The new work is filled with images of light and life.
In early 2010, drumfish began recording its 4th CD at Assembly Line Studios near Washington, DC with double-platinum award winning and Grammy winning engineer, Kevin "131" Gutierrez. Around this time, the band signed up bassist James Hanford to fill the position left by departing bassist and founding member Neil Richardson. The band spent the spring and early summer recording new material and “Memoirs” was completed in early June.
The group is now embarking on an international promotional campaign of the new record. Boosted by early reviews, France, Bertoglio, Hanford and Petty are now preparing for their live CD Release Concert on September 11th at Jammin’ Java in Vienna, VA.
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One of several "new" favorites I have had the pleasure to hear from the band "drumfish". This song once again echoes a drumfish conviction that the world is what we make it - through conscious thought and action - and that we are ALL an integral, dynamic part of this universe. As with many drumfish tunes, (for me) "One Song" reminds us that we are all a part of this much bigger tapestry of life and yet we each have the power to change and shape our world through conscious thought, imagination and spirit. A great song with a great message!
review written by: Daniel Myers
What an amazing song!... It truly deserves winning first place!.. Beautiful harmonies, great musicianship and a timely observation on the state of people and society. The song deals with the realization that something is not right in the world with apparent inner and outer turmoil reflected everywhere. “Where is the humanity in the streets?” ... “Brothers just don’t love their brothers no more”. So true sometimes... Like the Beatles stated 40 years ago.. we need more LOVE in the world. This entire album is excellent and I recommend all music lovers to check it out.. and add it proudly to your collections.
review written by: Dan Myers