Midasuno

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Midasuno
Origin Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, United Kingdom
Genres Rock
Alternative rock
Post-hardcore
Years active 2000–2008, 2010 (Reunion show), 2015 (Final show)
Labels Sugarshack
Members Scott Lee Andrews (Lead vocals, Guitar)
Gavin Jessop(Bass)
Chris Morgan (Guitars, vocals, synths, programming, samples, FX)
Matthew Riste (Drums, Backing Vocals)
Past members Michael Cloke (Guitars)
Steven Hopkins (Guitars, Keys)
Lyndon Jones (Synths, FX, samples)
Ryan Day (Guitar)

Midasuno were a Welsh four-piece alternative rock band from South Wales. The band toured the United Kingdom extensively and recorded an exclusive single, mini album, EP and full length album. The band are the subject of the road diary "Dial M For Merthyr" by acclaimed Welsh author Rachel Trezise.

Since splitting, Scott is now a member of Exit International while Chris played in a band called Accident Music until recently splitting and Gav & Matt have been involved in other projects including the short lived All The Damn Vampires.

History[edit]

Formation and the Debut[edit]

In 2000, school friends Scott Andrews, Gavin Jessop, Matt Rise, Mike Cloke, and Steven Hopkins decided to form a band, originally known as Opium (not to be confused with the Merthyr based band of the same name). Mike Cloke then left the band and songs such as an Art of fear and Lacerate/Break were written during this time. After a name change demo was recorded at Frontline Studios, Caerphilly, South Wales which won the band the opportunity to play the UK showcase that is In the City, Manchester.

The band's chaotic live shows created a buzz on the UK music scene, and after winning best unsigned act at the 2002 Welsh Music Awards (beating off competition from bands such as Funeral for a Friend and Jarcrew), the band then planned releasing their debut single through cardiff Indie label Cascade The band then recorded the 'double A side single featuring the above mentioned songs at Frontline, Caerphilly with Stuart Richardson (Lostprophets) and at Monnow Valley, Monmouthshire with acclaimed producer Greg Haver. The strictly limited edition single was released later that year.

When Bulls Play God[edit]

Signed to Worcesters Lockjaw Records by the end of 2002, the band then recorded the mini-album "When Bulls Play God" at Waiting Room Studios, Mid Wales. The album was recorded in under two weeks and a relentless UK tour schedule was then booked to promote the release. The album was a month late coming out, and received rave reviews from the rock press including Rocksound, Metal Hammer, and Kerrang magazine.

The band set out on tours with bands such as Hondo Maclean, Monkey Boy and Colour of Fire to name but a few. Due to unknown reasons, the relationship between the label and the band deteriorated, and soon saw both the departure of he band from the label, and of Steven from the band. He was replaced by Christopher Morgan, guitarist of local band The UCA Chapter,who was a friend of Scott and Matt and fan of the band. The band then set off on a headlining UK tour just days after the completed line-up. It was on this tour that it was decided to enroll long term friend Lyndon Jones into the band to trigger samples and play synthesiser to thicken out the band's sound.

Til Death Do Us Party[edit]

After touring relentlessly the band then took some time out to write and record their debut album with producer Nick Loyd who had previously engineered some demo material for the band at Strongbox Studio in Penarth. Several songs were written in these sessions including A Machine; the rhythm thief, and other working titles such as Body like Christmas-head like Halloween, and the recording process was covered heavily by Rocksound Magazine.

Due to technical difficulties and personal strains the album took longer to materialise, initially titled The curse of midasuno, the band decided to release the best of the tracks from the sessions as a Mini-Album "Til Death Do Us Party" which the band released in 2006 after signing a deal with Bristol based label Sugar Shack Records. The band then returned to the road where they carved their niche in the British rock scene.

Songs In The Key Of F***[edit]

The band announced they will play one final show with the original line up at Cardiff's Millennium music hall on December 4, 2010 before closing the door on Midasuno forever.

Discography[edit]

  • The art of fear (2002) (single)

1. Art of fear
2. Lacerate/Break

  • When Bulls Play God (2003) (studio album)

1. Start a riot
2. Samuel L.
3. Cut Ribbons
4. Face Down
5. Tear
6. Hypocrite

  • Til Death Do Us Party (2006) (studio album)

1. A Machine; The Rhythm Thief
2. The Law Of Tooth And Fang
3. Taste the Virus
4. Shock, Horror
5. Sirens

  • Don't Drive (Faster than your angel can fly) (2007) (single)
  • Songs in the key of F**k (2007) (studio album)

1. Sister Temptation
2. Don't Drive (Faster than your angel can fly)
3. Decent Assault
4. A Machine; The Rhythm Thief
5. 1997
6. The law of tooth and fang
7. Reactions
8. Sirens
9. The Continental Length
10. Sleepwalkers

  • Sister Temptation (2008) (Single)

1. Sister Temptation
2. Taste The Virus (Live @ BBC)
3. Reactions (Live @ BBC)

  • Unreleased / Rare

Standstill
Bring Me The Heads
Come2Blows

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