September Mourning is a transmedia project whose storyline/idea began to form by September (Emily Lazar) when living in New York City. After meeting Marc Silvestri of Top Cow Productions on MySpace and pitching her idea to him, he decided to get involved. Soon after, the project developed into a more structured multiplatform dark culture media project based upon a storyline, Marlowe, C (2011).
In the spring of 2009, September began to focus on the musical side of the project. The band is an Alternative hard rock /Death Pop band (pop, Alternative, metal, and electronic overtones) and a very theatrical stage presence. Through her vocal coach, Melissa Cross, September found guitarist/programmer Chris Egert. Shortly after they began writing songs together, September recruited long-time friend and guitarist James Duran. The three of them continued to write songs together and toured with rotating drummers and bass players, Future Hits 042 (2009). Thrash Hits. After moving from New York to Los Angeles in late 2010 the line up went through a complete change with September being the only remaining touring member. Egert stayed on as a writer.
At the 2010 San Diego Comic Con, Top Cow Productions announced the creation of Marc Silvestri and September’s concept story, September Mourning which would be published that year in the first edition of their Holiday Special, Examiner.com(July 2010). Top Cow Productions. In the fall of 2011, at the San Diego Comic Con, MTV Geek Panel(2011) announced a partnership with Marc Silvestri and September to create webisodes based on the characters in the storyline September Mourning, as well as online comics and other media for their website, David Hine signed on as writer for the series.
In the early part of 2011, at the overwhelming request from their fans, Egert and September started production on a full length album containing the first songs written by the band. “Melancholia” was released on Repo Records (Germany) on May 9, 2012, and features guest drummer Ryan Seaman of Falling In Reverse and bassist Phil Buckman of Filter. September began working with producers Sahaj Ticotin from the band Ra (American band) and Mitchell Marlow formerly of the band Filter on new material for the upcoming releases associated with the MTV webisodes.
On July 17, 2012 September Mourning’s song, “Before the Fall”, (along with clips from their recent video for the song) was featured in the TNA Wrestling commercial for their Hardcore Justice PPV August 2012. The single was released to the iTunes Store and Spotify the following week.
In 2013 September Mourning played the Schecter Guitars Party at NAMM as well as many other shows in and around Los Angeles, CA. Lazar continued to develop the look and theatricality of the band as well as writing brand new material with a more developed sound. September Mourning played some one off shows in the California area while being shopped to labels.
Later in 2013 September Mourning was signed to Virgin Records which was announced on their Facebook page in early 2014. September Mourning recently took to the studio with Howard Benson to work on their major label debut record.
September Mourning are:
September, lead vocalist
Rich Juzwick, guitars
Xavier Moreux, guitars
Tommy Joe Ratliff, bass guitar
Josh Fresia, drums
About Tom Hocker:
Tom A.K.A Insanity is an on-air personality for Jammerstream and his show Insanity’s Metal Edge airs every Thursday & Saturday @ Midnight & Noon U.S. Eastern time on JammerStream Hardcore. In September 2014, he merged his record label(Knox Asylum Records) with long time affiliat (Echo Eyes Tour Management) to create Echo Asylum. Echo Asylum is an online magazine that features an online radio station, album reviews, and coverage of concerts and festivals from all over the United States.
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