And Then There Were None (band)

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And Then There Were None
Also known as ATTWN
Origin Salem, New Hampshire, United States
Genres Indietronica,[1] dance-rock,[1] emo,[2][3] pop punk,[4] metalcore (early),[1][3] Christian metalcore
Years active 2003-2010
Labels Tooth & Nail, 13Star
Associated acts Young London
Website www.andthentherewerenonemusic.com[dead link]
Members Matt Rhoades
Sarah Graziani
Nick Massahos
Ryan Manning
Past members Matt McComish
Sean Sweeney
Garret Henderson
Jeff Cheever
Chris Gagne
Derrick Flanagan
Mike Moderski
Dave Jewers
J. Sjostrom
Nick Kane Miskell

And Then There Were None was an American rock band from Salem, New Hampshire. They recorded an independent album before releasing their label debut, Who Speaks for Planet Earth?, on Tooth & Nail Records in 2009. The latter album made Billboard's Christian Albums chart.

History[edit]

And Then There Were None formed in 2003 as a metalcore band, and toured across the United States in support of their highly acclaimed self-released EP "6,000 tries". The band supposedly chose the name because as they were searching sparknotes.com, the title for the Agatha Christie novel from which the band got their name was situated between Aerosmith and As I Lay Dying. The members of And Then There Were None loved the idea of being situated between those two bands they admired and decided to adopt the name.[5]

In 2007, they went through a transition, from metal to incorporating more electronica elements. New members also joined in that year creating a new working dynamic. Dance music came easily and allowed for more freedom. It also gave them the opportunity to play more light-hearted, uplifting music.[6]

They signed to Tooth & Nail Records in 2008 and released the single "Reinventing Robert Cohn" in January 2009.[7] Their full-length album Who Speaks for Planet Earth? was released February 24 of that year. This album reached #16 on the Billboard Christian Albums chart and #14 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart.[8] Then in December 2009, the band released an online copy of a remix of "Thank the Watchmaker" in an acoustic version.[7]

They released a cover of the Christmas single "Where Are You Christmas?" on October 29, 2010 and their upcoming single, "Stuttering" (which has already made its way into their concert set list) will be released shortly after.

On July 1, 2011 Tooth & Nail records announced the band has formed a new project called Young London.[9] Young London released two singles, "Let Me Go"[10] and "Celebrity",[11] and released a full-length album in January 10, 2012 [12]

Influences[edit]

And Then There Were None incorporate techno-pop influences such as Basshunter as well as their Christian beliefs. Like many other Tooth & Nail artists, And Then There Were None is often viewed as "essentially a Christian band". However, according to an interview with the band shortly after the release of Who Speaks for Planet Earth?, the members of the band do not all share the Christian faith. This would explain that although they are not explicitly Christian in their songs, their music does allude to many of their beliefs.[5]

Not only does the band allow their religious beliefs to influence their music, but religion also affects their social activism. All members are vegetarians and are heavily involved with PETA. They set up tables at their concerts, which inform fans of the organization and their beliefs on animal rights. Matt Rhodes, in speaking about their activism, says that endorsing a cause was an essential part of the punk movement. Although that sentiment has faded over the years, And Then There Were None will continue to speak up about their beliefs. In referring to animals in particular, Rhodes is also quoted as saying, “Furthermore, the unnecessary killing of animals for food is not only disgusting, but wrong. We all strongly believe in speaking out for animals, and refuse to be silenced to please the general public." [13]

Members[edit]

Current
Former
  • Chris Gagne - vocals
  • Mike Moderski - bass
  • J. Sjostrom - guitar
  • Derrick Flanagin - drums
  • Nick Kane Miskell - bass
  • Jeffrey Michael Cheever - vocals

Discography[edit]

Year Title Label Chart peaks
US US Heatseekers US Christian
2005 The Green - EP Self-Released
2006 The Hope We Forgot Exists 13Star Records
2009 Who Speaks for Planet Earth? Tooth & Nail Records 14 16

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Monger, James Christopher. "And Then There Were None". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  2. ^ Prato, Greg. "Who Speaks for Planet Earth?". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Fryberger, Scott (2009-04-01). "The Hope We Forgot Exists". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  4. ^ Argyrakis, Andy. "Who Will Speak For Planet Earth?". TheFish.com. Salem Web Network. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  5. ^ a b [1] at Indie Vision Music
  6. ^ [2] at Tooth and Nail Official Biography
  7. ^ a b [3] at iTunes
  8. ^ Charts, Allmusic
  9. ^ "Check Out Young London!". Toothandnail.com. 2011-07-01. Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  10. ^ "'Let Me Go'". Amazon.com. Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  11. ^ "Celebrity". Amazon.com. Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  12. ^ "'J-14 Hot Music Alert: Young London'". J-14.com. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  13. ^ [4], Tooth and Nail Official Biography.

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