The Test Drive: The Missendens – The Missendens
- Rolling Start The Missendens 0:30
- New Horizon The Missendens 0:30
- Sunshine The Missendens 0:30
- Lucky I'm Not Alone The Missendens 0:30
- January The Missendens 0:30
- My Way Home The Missendens 0:30
- Today Is The Day The Missendens 0:30
- Open Up your Pages The Missendens 0:30
- Press Play The Missendens 0:30
- Burning Bridges The Missendens 0:30
- Silver Lining The Missendens 0:30
The Missendens are a rare breed: a band of like-minded individuals who have all earned their stripes the hard way, treading the boards at countless gigs for countless bands before coming together to create songs of undeniable importance.
Like a lot of great music, The Missendens’ tracks 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 songwriting 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 a guitarist/songwriter before 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 focuses passion and after a stint of soul-searching, Hansen emerged determined to record 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’ was formed. 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 a 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 was recorded in a total of 14 studio days over the course of 2 years (the self-funded road is a long one!)
Initial taster from the album ‘Rolling Start’ made it to number 3 on the US iTunes ‘Alternative New Release Chart’ last December with second single ‘New Horizon’ earning international airplay.
With the musical urgency of the Sex Pistols along with harmonies reminiscent of classic era Fleetwood Mac, The Missendens’ manifesto is evident in every track of this album: brutal beauty delivered through driving rhythms, spikey, and energetic guitars and thumping bass.