Every good band has a sound. All the great bands have character. While these axioms hold true for Under Your Bed, it wasn’t always so. The project that evolved into Under Your Bed began in a spirit of experimentation; allowing the diverse personalities and tastes of the members to shape the sound. It wasn’t long before the unique potential of this musical montage was so evident that the focus of each of the members sharpened into razor clarity. Honing their burgeoning sound through ups and downs, thick and thin, the collective attitude of Under Your Bed rapidly matured from a tone of casual fun into a steely determination – a drive to be heard by the largest audience possible as the character of their music continued to develop.
Against this backdrop the founding members of Under Your Bed would face, and ultimately surmount, an enormous obstacle; the blank spaces in the ranks of their fledgling band. Recruiting perfect candidates would take longer than any of them expected. Ultimately it would be this final cast of Under Your Bed that could summon the collective resources required to refine the songs, reinvigorate the performances, and define the sound, character -- the very soul -- of the group today.
The partnership between singer Elissa Sapp and guitarist Jim Marchione began in September of 2005 at an open mic night. “She was this tiny little girl with an acoustic guitar that was bigger than she was,” recalls Jim, “but her voice was so huge and spot-on…I don’t know when I’ve heard a better rock vocalist, I just knew we had to work together.”
Vocals and guitar may be a great recipe for folk music, but Jim and Elissa would find themselves confined by the emotional boundaries of voice and guitar alone. Their frustration and aggression could only find a proper outlet through Rock ‘N Roll, but expanding the line-up was imperative if their rock band was to become a reality. Realizing that a clutch of like-minded collaborators could help them lift the inspiring boulder they wanted to throw into the stagnant pond of today’s rock music, Elissa and Jim began hunting through the multitudes of today’s barely-above-water music scene for a good fit.
The two talent-seekers found their first compatible match in February 2006 when local music journalist and publisher Brayne Jennings joined the fold on bass. His skill and stage presence made him all but impossible for Jim and Elissa to ignore. Though Brayne originally committed to Under Your Bed with the words “I just want to play,” it wasn’t long before he succumbed to temptation and got involved beyond the stage. Injecting his unique vision into every creative process, Brayne became an essential member of the growing Under Your Bed family.
Jim, Elissa, and Brayne diligently began working on new material, using their combined abilities to ensure that it was as original as it was refined. Though Under Your Bed remained committed to Rock’s familiar song format, cookie-cutter writing found no home in any of their pieces. The unique attributes of each member and their roles in the band continued to emerge, define, and redefine themselves… but Elissa, Brayne and Jim weren’t out of the woods yet. Trouble was on the boil in its habitual kettle; the drums.
Following a whirlwind of drummers blowing in and out at a rate of almost one-per-month, desperation had set in. “It was important that whoever occupied that throne was a team player. They had to fit, they had to want it, and they had to know that this was big,” Brayne recollects. Enter percussionist/guitarist Zach Brown, the perfect fit for the little band that was rapidly outgrowing their pond.
After a few months of performances and demoing with Zach behind the kit, everyone had slowly become aware of one last problem. The ambitious sound Under Your Bed was reaching towards was far outstripping the sonic capabilities of a power trio. And so the last, crucial musician to join the family was Jon Rossi. Filling out the sound on rhythm guitar, Jon had originally intended to enroll at the prestigious Berklee College of Music but put those plans on long-term hold following his audition with Under Your Bed. “I’ve got no regrets,” says Jon of his decision to commit to Under Your Bed full-time.
Today Under Your Bed has a sound and the character to drive it home with an authority and focus only an experienced team can muster. Led by Elissa Sapp’s vocals swinging “from angelic to vicious in the same verse” [The Compendium], Under Your Bed alternately delivers passages of intricate delicacy and blunt-force trauma.
From the two core members meeting at a coffee shop to opening for national touring acts as a band, including reputable groups such as The Birthday Massacre and Shiny Toy Guns, Under Your Bed has been stunning audiences and accruing a more-than-impressive fan base since 2005. In the last quarter of '06 UYB was chosen by Philadelphia radio giant 93.3 WMMR to include the song “No Compromise” on their compilation album Local Shots vol. 3 which was released in February of 2007. Tapped to record a cover of the classic Suffragette City by Mad Dragon Records/Ryko for their upcoming David Bowie tribute LP (summer 2009), Under Your Bed has ultimately been preparing for their fell-length album debut. Look for Under Your Bed’s LP launch to commence in the coming weeks at www.underyourbedmusic.com with an ambitious national release to follow in January of 2009.
Elissa Sapp: vocals and piano if available
Jim Marchione: lead electric guitar and vocals
Bryan Jennings: electric bass and vocals
Zach Brown: drums
Jon Rossi: rhythm guitar and vocals
WMMR Local Shots Vol. III 2007 (No Compromise non-album version)
Self Titled, self-launched 2008 pending 2009 national release (13 original tracks)
Tribute to David Bowie, slated for summer 2009 on Mad Dragon Records/Ryko (Suffragette City cover)
Piss on My Parade
Leave the Lights Up
the Devil in Her Eyes
Not My Fault
Ready, Set, Go home
Under Your Bed Self-Titled LP review, Awaken Music Media blog Feb '09
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Under Your Bed is one of the best produced albums I've heard from an independent band in a while. It...Under Your Bed is one of the best produced albums I've heard from an independent band in a while. Its deliciously driving, with raw guitars playing off one another, bass lines syncing up perfectly with the drums and intense wailing vocals to drive home each song.
Leave the Lights On hits hard from the get-go; a perfect song to get the adrenaline pumping. While tracks like No Compromise give off a real No Doubt (on steroids) feel, the kick drum pulses against Sapp's vocals. The song quickly explodes and you'll agree its a great piece of work.
Quite possibly the tightest sound and most cohesive throughout the album, is American Idle. I haven't been able to shake it from my head in over a day. I'd say they're onto something here.
Overall, Under Your Bed knows how to write. They know how to translate pure rock emotion via song. Under Your Bed is a ride - take advantage of it and spread the word when you do.
4.5 out of 5 stars
Music Reviews: Under Your Bed, Guestlistmagazine.net Feb '09
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If you are anything like me, a product of the 90's wave of punk rock that incorporated influences of...If you are anything like me, a product of the 90's wave of punk rock that incorporated influences of ska and rock into it, then you completely miss bands like the older No Doubt, Save Ferris, and the sound of that mid-90's So Cal scene. Well here is some great news for you then. Under Your Bed is the band that you have been waiting to hear in the rather bland rock scene. Elissa Sapp's lead vocals will instantly drag you back in time to the old No Doubt style as she sings with sass and spunk the way that Gwen used to on opening track "Unmanageable." Though they are not a ska based band by any means, there are times when Under Your Bed brings forth a sound that would have fit that category in the mid-90's as they use a simple keyboard in the beginnings of the "Trapped In The Box" styled "American Idle" to pull you into the song before the drums pound in. But as pop driven rock as this may be, don't be fooled by that, Under The Bed is a guitar driven band for the most part and will assault you with them as they display on tracks like "Leave The Lights Up," "Inertia," and rocking album closer "S.F.I." I love the fact that they really let the vocals shine throughout the album and take center stage rather than get buried in the mix the way that most bands do these days because the vocals are what is going to grab you to begin with. The only thing left to say about this album is that I have a new favorite band and a new album that is going to resist coming out of my CD player. A perfect addition to collections that include Beacon Street era No Doubt albums or any of the Tsunami Bomb material.
full length pre-launch album review, the Compendium Summer '08
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Under Your Bed Under Your Bed 3.5 out of 4 (and that’s for Overall, Musicianship, Songwriting, and...Under Your Bed
Under Your Bed
3.5 out of 4 (and that’s for Overall, Musicianship, Songwriting, and Originality)
Alternative hard rock outfit Under Your Bed have crafted a rare sort of album; one that is full of memorable hooks, yet never in the least bit polished. The CD achieves its vast commercial potential without ever compromising.
Heavy numbers like “Devil in Her Eyes” and “So Fuck It” are more convincing in their pure aggression than just about any hard rock you’ll find on the radio. Possible hit singles “Not My Fault” and “Leave the Lights Up” benefit greatly from singer Elissa Sapp. While there are plenty of women out there who would sound good on those songs, there’s no one alive who could sing them quite as good as her. Her vocals incorporate just the right bends and inflections; always hitting just the right note at the right time. She’s also capable of switching from angelic to vicious in the same verse, all without sounding unnatural or uneven.
But this is truly a band effort. Bassist Bryan Jennings is every bit a part of the melodies as guitarists Jon Rossi and Jim Marchione. Drummer Zach Brown never runs out of tricks. “Shut Your Trap” and “American Idle” are fueled by unique, swinging rhythms almost as memorable as the hooks they propel.
For those who want a hard rock CD that’s hummable, yet not insulting to their intelligence, this is it.
- Kevin McKeon
New Music Spotlight 2009 Edition: Under Your Bed, Junior's Cave Magazine Jan. '09
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This five member band has created a unique sound that separates them from the masses of other bands ...This five member band has created a unique sound that separates them from the masses of other bands out in the music industry. With strong lead vocals by Elissa Sapp along with a group of talented guys, Under Your Bed will have you cheering for good music once again. Check out this recent interview that the members of the group completed with our publication.
Isaac: Hi Everyone. Welcome to your interview with Juniorâ€™s Cave. Now that 2008 has officially ended, what are your reflections of the year 2008 for Under Your Bed?
Jim: Thanks for taking the time to chat with us Isaac.
Zach: Drums go BOOM!
Bryan: 2008 has been a real roller coaster for us. We finished our first record (for the third time) which we'll put in the +1 category. However, and I don't mean to digress here, I feel the hardest part about being in a band is all the things that almost happen which 2008 had in spades. There are a lot of opportunities you try to pursue and not all of them come to fruition; booking agents, touring, etc. Sometimes plans fall through, sometimes people fall through. All in all I'm looking foreword to 2009 hopefully a little wiser and a little smarter.
Isaac: How did everyone come together as a group? What drawn you to each other?
Bryan: It was all completely random. No ads with "drummer wanted" or anything like that. It was all people who knew people and it just seemed to work.
Jim: Definitely. It really came together one person at a time from the day I met Elissa. I was immediately struck by the power of her voice as an instrument and how honestly she emotes when she sings. When she and I decided to start a band the audition process was an ongoing thing. It was always â€œmy friend knows a guy who would be just right to play â€œblankâ€ for you guys. Then it would turn out to be the right fit or it wouldnâ€™t. The lineup didnâ€™t settle down until we were doing the last set of demos for the LP.
Zach: Personally, I was drawn in by Bryan's tight abs and Jimi's boyish good looks...and drums go BOOM!
Elissa: What I think is so funny about us is the variety in each memberâ€™s taste. If you lined up all of our record collections you would be surprised at how little overlap there is. I think there are certain staples in every record collection, Nirvana, Foo fighters, Bowie, but everything else is up for grabs. That's what makes us so unique and fresh, you never know where a songâ€™s going to go sound-wise.
Jim: Iâ€™ve observed that all three musicians Elissa and I chose to continue playing and writing with share two common traits, a slightly warped sense of humor coupled with a boundless enthusiasm for music. I donâ€™t think we actively sought that out. We didnâ€™t really know what we were looking forâ€¦ they kinda found us, and in that weâ€™ve been very fortunate.
Isaac: Elaborate a little about whom were your biggest influences in the music industry and why?
Zach: Dave Grohl, because he make drums go BOOM good! But seriously, he's the most influential modern musician to me because he's a kickass drummer, guitar player, and songwriter.
Jon: Honestly there isn't any way that I can answer this without someone getting mad at me, but in my time playing guitar I absolutely took to Billy Joe Armstrong's playing style (vocalist and guitarist from the â€˜not-so-popularâ€™ band Green Day). Iâ€™m really into that hard driven guitar tone, making sure my hits emphasize certain phrases in our songs.
Jim: Mission accomplished, Iâ€™m mad at you Jon. Grrrrr.
Bryan: This has to be my favorite topic. So please forgive me if I ramble a bit. I think we can all agree that our biggest influences are those artists who came before us who did their own thing. Whether it was Bowie, Pink Floyd, Iggy Pop, or The Police, Foo Fighters, or Soundgarden the common thread is each of these artists completely ignored the contemporary and forged there own niche. I think we are currently in a similar place as we were in the late 80's where we have an over-saturation of bands who write in the same style and despite minute differences, sound identical. Not to mention the lackluster songwriting. And I think this is the thing that influences us the most....all the garbage on the radio.
Jim: In the broadest sense Iâ€™ll agree with Bryan, I think as a group weâ€™re more influenced to take the chances we take by music we donâ€™t like than music weâ€™re really into. Thatâ€™s particularly true for Bryan and I â€“ we talk a lot about what we donâ€™t want to do. I could fill a whole interview with music industry influences and what Iâ€™ve taken away from their music and business approach and probably only 10 people would care. In fact I wound up with this really long answer but deleted it. Iâ€™m going to restrain my response to one name, Quincy Jones. If youâ€™re talking about the music INDUSTRY and not just influential musicians, thereâ€™s a guy who has done it and been it all. I think heâ€™s influenced everyone at least indirectly and heâ€™s carried his influences from the big band era, often subtly disguised, to younger generations of musicians through his work as an arranger and producer.
Elissa: I think what we all have in common as a band is our love of music, which is obvious and strange to say. But I think in this day there are so many other things that motivate musicians, I think being in a band these days is equivalent to being on a sports team in the 70's and 80's, all the cool kids are doing it. The market is so over-saturated with artists who don't have the passion behind
the action. I know for a fact if we could see into a crystal ball where we never made it big, we would all still be playing and writing just as vigorously for the love of it. We really couldn't have it any other way.
Isaac: Letâ€™s talk about what you feel Under Your Bed will bring to the music industry?
Zach: We will strive to protect the rights of midgets in the entertainment industry... no longer will they be typecast as waiters and candymen - they can be basketball players and singers too!
Jim: What about that midget dressed as a cowboy in â€œHappy Gilmore?â€ Elissa isnâ€™t very tall, and Iâ€™ve been known to refer to her as The Midget. Now youâ€™re all part of an Under Your Bed inside joke.
Jon: We try to maintain a sophisticated play style that keeps the not-so-ordinary listener interested while not making things so complex that it makes someone with no musical experience question what's going on. We struggle to make sure we aren't just a band that everyday listeners zone out to during the work day.
Bryan: What we're bringing is a mentality. I won't say we're perfectionists but we can't stand "good enough". It's embarrassing. I think the music industry has gotten lazy. Bad take? Fix it in pro-tools. Can't sing? We got auto tune. We even have guitars that tune themselves now. Just get it done fast, get it done cheap, and we'll sell a million copies â€˜cause it sounds just like the last record that sold a million copies. At some point every generation realizes it's being spoon-fed a lie.
Isaac: If you had an opportunity to work with one artist or group, who would it be and why?
Zach: Hmm....I can just imagine the variety of different answers from my bandmates. I'm not sure who exactly, but it would have to be someone who could really take our style into a weird direction, like Bjork or some shitâ€¦ or Mike Patton or maybe Frank Black.
Jon: Foo Fighters by far... Dave Grohl
Jim: Jon, nothing against Dave Grohl, but I canâ€™t imagine our working relationship would be friendly or even productive. I could probably drive him right out the back door of the studio in 30 minutes. I might be able get along with Mike Patton. Iâ€™m not sure how much it matters who you work with as long as everyone gets on the same page and gives 110%. That said, I would love to branch out a little and record some songs with T-Bone Burnett.
Isaac: How would you describe your music to others?
Jim: Modal noise-pop? I dunno. Anyone? Anyone?
Zach: This one's always tough...I usually tell people its a Latin Emocore album with a Christian/Faith twist, as told by a lab monkey coming to terms with estranged family members before his imminent space launch. But I suppose it would also be fair to say that we're a rock band that focuses on writing great songs that incorporate a variety of styles (that's the magazine interview version).
Bryan: Female-fronted, guitar-driven rock.
Jon: Our band doesn't play nicely with the other bands... and by that I donâ€™t mean that we donâ€™t get along with other people.
Jim: Well, to be fair, me and Bryan donâ€™t always get along with other people.
Jon: Its hard with todayâ€™s industry to fit us in with other bands being that people are playing Metal or Country, not to mention todayâ€™s "modern rock" bands all share the same vocalist -- 3 Doors Down, Breaking Benjamin, Pearl Jam, Nickelback -- I cant tell them apart anymore. I like to think of our music as refreshing. We replicate what bands used to reach for prior to the 80s. Weâ€™re trying to stay away from the modern day tones, and bring back the old rickety sound of guitars falling apart at the seems.
Isaac: What type of feedback have you received from your self-released Self Titled CD?
Zach: The loud, piercing kind... you know, like when you play a club with a lousy sound guy.
Jim: Yeah, thereâ€™s copious amounts of feedback on a number of the tracks. My ears receive that feedback every time I listen to those songs.
Zach: So far people have really loved it, and I think our production team is to thank for making it sound so great. I've played in several bands over the years, and they've all had their demos and home-recorded EPs, but Under Your Bed has accomplished a "real" album. We really put the time into preparing and arranging the songs well (except for a couple that just kinda wrote themselves), and our producer and engineer helped us realize our vision.
Jon: Iâ€™ve heard from many people they just leave the CD run on loop in their car or on their iPod's. Favorite tracks consist of American Idle, Inertia, Piss on my Parade.
Bryan: All the feedback has been positive. I think people dig the record â€˜cause they can tell we made the best record we could. I also think we have a wide range of tunes so there is bound to be a couple tracks for everyone. I think the appeal is in the songwriting.
Isaac: What can fans expect from your Self Titled CD? What is the inspiration behind the CD?
Jim: They should expect to hear songsâ€¦ 13 of them to be precise. Itâ€™s a very unlucky record I guess. I canâ€™t speak about the lyrics, but musically my inspiration is always to generate a mood, set the stage so to speak. Elissa?
Elissa: I'm generally inspired by day-to-day experiences and conversation, even if the story is elaborated and taken in another direction the core of the song is always drawn from emotions that are very real. I do my best to always write about what I know, keep in' it real I think it makes it easier for fans to relate.
Zach: Well the fans that we DO have can expect to finally get their hands on the damn thing. This is the second time we've recorded it, and we've been playing and refining the songs for years now. Some (and I really mean some) people having been waiting two years already!
Jon: We put everything on hold for about a year and a half to work on this CD and make sure that itâ€™s the best product we could produce. We are in the entertainment industry and realize how important it is to please our fans with something new and edgy, so we did something different and said "in with the old and out with the new!" Todayâ€™s standards of rock and roll have really fallen in my opinion... leads have become too busy and rhythm is for the most part a giant mixing pot of mush. Our watchword was â€˜simplify!â€™ Iâ€™ve come to the realization that because bands were limited to 4 tracks back in the day, they were forced to do more with less. With todayâ€™s technology you can have as many tracks as your Hard drive can hold... just because you have more room doesn't mean you need to fill it.
Jim: It all ends up on 2 tracks in stereo when it reaches the listener, thereâ€™s only so much bandwidth before all the sounds start masking eachother.
Isaac: Where can fans locate you at online?
Jim: www.underyourbedmusic.com, iTunes, Rhapsody, Amazon, www.CDBaby.com and you can check some songs out for free at www.myspace.com/underyourbedmusic and www.reverbnation.com/underyourbed
Isaac: What can fans expect from Under Your Bed in 2009?
Elissa: We're just getting back on the writing horse. All of us write in our own time but I think we're really excited to collaborate and spawn something fun and different-even for us. Since we now have one in the can I can't wait to dig in and push ourselves to see what we're capable of and raise the bar even higher.
Zach: Well, as Elissa said, we're working on some new material right now, and just getting out and playing more gigs in Philly and other parts of the region. We recently played a semi-acoustic gig and had to learn how to play our songs differently, which was really cool. So maybe we'll branch out and do a few more shows like that this year. Also, we want to focus on getting our album heard...so hopefully we'll pop up on local radio or an in indie flick or something.
Jim: Whatever we do I hope it comes as a surprise, so if I made an answer it would have to be a lie, just to throw folks off the scent.
Isaac: Time for some shout outs to your family, friends, and fansâ€¦
Jon: I would like to thank my parents Ken and Lonni Rossi for supporting me in all my endeavors and buying me that stupid piece of crap slammer guitar so that I could pick up at least one useful skill in my lifetime. TIM YOUâ€™RE THE MAD MAN!!!!!!!!
Jim: All my love to my mom and dad, Mitch Levine Rock Machine and Dave LeSage who were there to give support and advice on day oneâ€¦ and of course a big thank you to my best friend Joe Bisirri and his partner Jon Low. Their skills behind the console, feel for music and sense of humor kept those repetitive days in the studio fun and productive. I should also thank Idris, Joeâ€™s girlfriend Deb and Tricia (the only decent roommate Iâ€™ve ever had) for all their toleration and support while we were writing and recording this album. Oh yeah, gotta thank Tim the Batshit Gorilla for coming to pretty much EVERY show in PA. Then thereâ€™s Zach Melman of Spacecharge instruments who, apart from being my oldest friend, always keeps our equipment in top shape. Last but not least, no set of thank yous would be complete without the incomparable Jeff Lipton and Maria Rice at Peerless Mastering! Great job guys.
Elissa: Of course our Families, I'm pretty sure they would watch us pick our noses on stage and demand an encore, our friends especially from the nail crew, Cheeks is the best Landlord ever, John L. And Joe B. for all their hard work and giving us something to be proud of, and you, thanks Isaac for your time! This is awesome!
Isaac: Final words from Under Your Bedâ€¦
Zach: Garlic mayonnaise!
Jim: What about the mysterious â€˜pub sauce,â€™ Zach?
Bryan: There's an old saying that " if it's worth doing, it's worth doing well." Don't sell yourself short and don't quit when things start to get hard. You just might surprise yourself.
one liner from www.undergroundcolumbus.com, Jan '09
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"Straight forward alt rock with Grace Slick/Johnette Napolitano esque vocals" -Jack DeVoss Undergrou..."Straight forward alt rock with Grace Slick/Johnette Napolitano esque vocals" -Jack DeVoss UndergroundColumbus.com
WMMR Local Shots Vol III: No Compromise, Play Magazine Feb '07
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Anyone who thinks that girls can’t rock needs to meet Elissa Sapp. The frontwoman of Under Your Bed ...Anyone who thinks that girls can’t rock needs to meet Elissa Sapp. The frontwoman of Under Your Bed sings the chorus of No Compromise with a guttural, snarling wail that Courtney Love would be proud of. Guitarist Jimi Marchione frames her fiery vocals with dissonant guitar work, backed by the powerful drumming of Zach Brown and bass of Brian Jennings.
Under Your Bed will inevitably be compared to the female-fronted hard rock band Evanescence, as any female-fronted rock band with a gothic edge is these days. However, while a listener can obviously discern Amy Lee’s classical voice training over the nu-metal guitars, Sapp’s vocals are raw, angry and match the music. Hole and a less electronic Garbage are much better comparisons for Under Your Bed.
typical 30 minute set:
Leave the Lights Up
Piss On My Parade
Not My Fault
Devil In her Eyes
Hour+ Set (can be divided into 2 sets):
intro Pure Imagination (cover from Willie Wonka) or other standard, usually only 1 verse/chorus
Devil in her Eyes
Piss on My parade
Leave the Lights Up
Shut Your Trap
Not My Fault
Ready, Set... Go Home!
Sufferagette City (David Bowie cover)
American Idle (if a piano is available)
on the off chance we're called for an encore it is usually Wait or a cover
There are no upcoming dates at this time.