The Missendens is that rarest of creatures: a kick ass band of like minded souls who have all earned their stripes the hard way, treading the boards at countless gigs in countless bands, who have come together to bring songs of undeniable importance to all who will listen.
Like a lot of great music, The Missendens began with a lone songwriter strumming away - forgoing sleep, pouring years of passion, life's lessons, successes and failures into chords, melodies and lyrics that pull no punches.
Sydney-based Craig Hansen grew up on a healthy diet of classic albums, with early guitar inspiration and song writing mojo from The Stone Roses, Bowie, The Rolling Stones, The Smiths, The Sex Pistols, The Byrds, The Patti Smith Group and The Beatles.
Hansen chased his musical dream all the way from Australia to London as guitarist/songwriter in a previous band, but mind-numbing factory jobs, poverty and overstayed visas saw that band implode just as it was hitting its stride and gaining serious interest. Just another rock band sob story, but hardship defines the passion eventually and after a stint of soul searching, Hansen emerged thinking 'I can write more tunes - f*%k this, I WILL make an album!'
Very quickly it became evident that the songs that Craig had been working on were sonically too big to be done justice by one man. Friends were called, classified ads were placed, and eventually a band of music obsessed ‘brothers’ who were born to play was formed. Not for lure of money and not to chase some elusive dream, but purely for the love of 'the song' and the thrill of the indescribable, spine tingling power of a band in step with each other.
Long time friend and multi instrumentalist Adam Griffiths was added on bass, with Adam's brother-in-law Gerry Ford ducking and weaving between layered vocal lines and guitar hooks with a unique energy on rhythm guitar.
Sharing drum duties on the recording of the forthcoming self titled album are Keigo Endo, a phenomenally talented drummer from Japan with a million hits on his youtube drumming videos, and Sydney based Argentinean Alejo Alvarez, who provides the kind of drums that only a man with an intricate knowledge of the history of music can. Alejo has joined the band as permanent live drummer.
Co-produced by Craig Hansen and studio engineer Sean Carey, and recorded in Sydney at Surry Hills’ Hercules Street Studios and Camperdown's Church Street Studios, The Missendens self titled debut album, due for release in December 2016, was recorded in a total of 14 studio days over the course of 2 years (the self funded road is a long one!)
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