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Basic info
Name Staple Gunther
Formed On 2001
# of Members 4
Homepage www.staplegunther.com
Contact/Booking info
Name aaron powers
Phone (585) 424 8110
E-mail staple_gunther@hotmail.com
Misc until the fall, can be contacted by phone at (585) 268 5957.

mailing address and base camp is at
265a perkins road
rochester, ny 14623 [at RIT]

alternative-post-grunge-hardcore with metal/indie/punk influences. sounds vague? we feel the same way...

christopher schmidt [lead guitar/vocals]
aaron powers [rhythm guitar/lead vocals]
blair schmelzer [bass guitar]
justin billick [drums]

musically, each member of staple gunther cites specifically different influences...
christopher schmidt [lead guitar/vocals] was heavily influenced by slayer, megadeth, cannibal corpse, flickerstick...

aaron powers [rhythm guitar/lead vocals] digs pearl jam, thursday, post-hardcore, classic songwriting from carole king as well as james taylor, at the drive-in...

blair schmelzer [bass guitar] most college/indie that was influenced by bands like nirvana, built to spill, radiohead, weezer, etc...

and justin billick [on drums] expands the bands musical capacity with his competant funk, jazz, and classical influences...also bands like stone temple pilots, white zombie, and some from the offspring...

each member really brings a different element to the table and the songs will certainly try to reflect this attempt. staple gunther tries to not make every song sound like all the others theyve written and try not to sound like the bands playing before and after them.

the goal is to appeal to at least a few people from each "scene"...not everyone will like us, but because they try to stand out, they hope the audience will at least remember us.

as far as lyrics are concerned, aaron tries to take everyday occurences in worst case scenarios at times and shed a positive light...described as the right mix of empathy and aggression where the lyrics arent always screamed or pop-whined out...just simply sang with the appropriate emotion.

and instead of writing the same old cliche'd lyrics, powers tries to get the same message across, but with a different delivery [for examples, please visit the lyric page at the bands site at www.rit.edu/~ajp2715/gunthersite/sglyrics.html]

with the right amount of outside influences with enough charisma and modesty [as well as the important element of pop sensibility when its needed], staple gunther tries to be accepted not by a metal bar scene, DIY hardcore family of bands, or pop-punk/indie bands, but by a few members of each group to have a diverse audience.

thanks for reading and the band hopes you visit the site as well as the www.mp3.com/staple_gunther page where the demos are stored.

staple gunther was founded in the tiny insignificant town of belmont which is in the center of western ny's southern tier. without any fellow bands nearby [other than a few 40+ classic rock cover bands] as peers, powers, schmidt and schmelzer wrote and performed whatever they thought sounded good between them in the summer of 2001. not until college started again in the fall was it when gunther started playing larger, scene-friendly shows in and around rochester, ny. clearly not fitting in by playing the same stuff as other bands they met, they decided to not conform at all and just learn from any mistakes/misgivings and continue to evolve the sound to appeal to individuals, not scenes.

so far, every recording process has become obselete as weeks pass and new songs are written and others are reconstructed. most recording has been done on home software with second hand mixers/mics but the band did visit crystal creek studios in alfred, ny for a weekend to record a 5 song rough demo titled "someday, cars will fly..." that featured the following tracks:

1. the contingency plan [old version]
2. throw yourself in traffic
3. deadpan
4. terminal cure [old version]
5. another rare thing

not more than a few dozen of these demos were sold for a couple bucks at some of the 22 shows the band has played in the last year, when staple gunther had members that went to 3 different colleges in 3 different counties [making distance and accessibility a handicap that the band stuck through].

thanks again for getting through this and for your time. take care ~sg
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