The Myth (band)

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Continuously playing since its inception in 1990 makes The Myth one of the longest standing rock bands in Malta. Band members are Dion Farrell on guitars and vocals, Patrick Mifsud on bass, Etienne Farrell on guitars and backing vocals, Stephen Zammit on keyboards and Jonathan Callus on drums and backing vocals.

The band supported a string of international acts such as the UK's official Eagles Tribute band in 1996, Status Quo in 1998, Smokie in 1999 and Queen Tribute Band Rhapsody UK in 2009.

History[edit]

Formation and early days (1990–1996)[edit]

After a year jamming together, Dion Farrell and Mark Galea formed The Myth in September 1990. The band's first live appearance was two months later during which they performed just two songs, both of which were cover versions.

Their early style is difficult to categorise but it was described by some as 'bridging American melodic rock with the more classic European influences' (The Times, November 1996). Such tracks include Master Of Death, The Anthem and the self titled The Myth. These songs were based on long guitar solos, sometimes even three minutes long, powerful drumming and melodic bass lines. During this period the band released two singles, Can't Stop The Fire and Midnight. Although both singles were aired on radio stations and played on TV channels, none of these were available for sale to the public in general.

Second generation (1996–2005)[edit]

Always interested in trying something different, The Myth experimented with a completely different sound. Panpipes and tambourines replaced the long guitar solos while the songs became quieter and more acoustic in nature. Wise Men and The Truth are just two of such songs. However, the band did not completely ditch the old sound. In fact, they could now play different styles at different events and hence reach wider audiences. During this period, the band had the opportunity to support live in concert Status Quo, Smokie and The Eagles Tribute Band.

Third generation (2005–present)[edit]

Due to a decision taken in early 2005, The Myth now ventured into the commercial scene. Although written in 1996, Sworn Independent was finally recorded in 2007 and was released as a single in the same year. The success was instant and to this end, more radio-friendly tracks such as Star and Animal were written. Animal was also the band's first single to have an official music video.

Following further radio hits such as How Does It Feel? and Dreams, in August 2009 the band was chosen as a supporting act for Rhapsody UK, UK's Official Queen Tribute Band.

On 8 August 2011 The Myth released its first album. Dreams, as this new album was called, was a collection of all the singles that the band released. This went for sale to the public two days later and proved to be another success. In November of the same year the band was nominated for the Best Website Award in the Malta Music Awards.

The Myth are Dion Farrell (guitar and vocals), Patrick Mifsud (bass), Stephen Zammit (keyboards), Jonathan Callus (drums and backing vocals) and Claudio Sciberras (guitar).

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

    • 01. Can't Stop The Fire (1991)
    • 02. Midnight (1992)
    • 03. Sworn Independent (2007)
    • 04. Star (2008)
    • 05. How Does It Feel? (2008)
    • 06. Animal (2008)
    • 07. Dreams (2009)
    • 08. Thank You (2009)
    • 09. Crazy (2010)
    • 10. Sadness In Your Eyes (2012)
    • 11. Sadness In Your Eyes (dance remix by DJ Toby) (2012)
    • 12. Beautiful (2013)

Albums[edit]

    • Dreams (2011)

Highlights[edit]

    • Supporting act for the Official Eagles Tribute Band (1996)
    • Supporting act for Status Quo (1998)
    • Supporting act for Smokie (1999)
    • Supporting act for the Official Queen Tribute Band (2009)
    • Nomination for the Best Website Award in the Malta Music Awards (2011)
    • Soundtrack for feature film Silhouette (2013)

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