mrben's sound is very modern, all original and would be classed as commercial, melodic rock. A little aggressive, dark at times yet full of colour throughout. Strong lyrics, powerful melodies and interesting harmonies is their forte. Their debut album "NIGHT & DAY" is coming very soon!Share
The seeds of mrben were sown in January 2005. Sydney artist Ben Wever was seeking creative musicians that would compliment his unique style of music and songwriting. Having played in three different bands over ten years, encompassing traditional riff-based rock progressions, acoustic ballads and blues, he was ready to embark on something fresh, new and exciting.
He soon found his musical soulmates. Leighton Holloway (bass) has many years of performing in bands that crossed styles of funk, jazz and rock. He, too, was looking for a new challenge that he could grow with. His ability to think outside the square and offer such diverse creative input has proven to be a valuable contribution to the mrben trio.
Jeff de Araujo (drums/percussion) has extensive experience in pop, classical, electro and fusion styles of music. A disciplined player full of drive, passion and integrity, he was most keen to jump onboard, share ideas and get straight to work.
The trio that would become mrben came together to see if this combination would work. Not long after rehearsing, they began performing live across Sydney in such venues as the Gaelic Club, the Cat & Fiddle and the Bridge Hotel, working hard at building their fanbase and captivating their audiences.
They realized that the indie scene was enjoying a new lease on life, and they needed to make their own footprint in such a competitive market. It was obvious that the next step would be to venture into the studio, record their signature sound and gain exposure on a national and international scope.
They emerged from the studio with their soon-to-be-released debut album Night & Day. Recorded and produced by Lindsay Rimes, the album is an explosive showcase of mrben’s combined talents and will be released under the independent label Ordio Productions. The material draws instant comparisons to the Foo Fighters but with an authentic Australian flavour, supported by the strength of mrben’s songwriting. As one of Sydney’s hardest-working melodic rock bands, mrben are a force to be reckoned with.
“Night & Day” - mrben
by lkatulka on November 14th, 2008
Sydney rockers mrben will release their debut album Night & Day later this month, but I was lucky enough to get a sneak mrben Night & Day coverpeek.
The opening track, “Memory,” draws you in with its smouldering verses and blistering chorus. Things slow down a little on “One Man,” but while it’s somewhat calmer the song is certainly no less intense. Ben Wever’s emotive vocals see to that. “When You’re Gone” is sure to become a live favourite with its crunchy guitars and hook-laden lyrics.
This album has been four years in the making, and it shows. Mrben has laid down 11 solid songs that beg to be played again and again. The sound is more polished than most debuts. Clearly those years playing Sydney venues like the Gaelic Club, the Cat & Fiddle, and the Bridge Hotel have served the lads well.
Singer-songwriter Ben Wever enjoys exploring the darker side of the human experience, but the energy behind the songs ensures they never get too gloomy. His raspy vocals wrap around his lyrics with genuine conviction. This is clearly a man who’s really lived. We’ve seen drummer Jeff de Araugo as part of Sarah Blasko’s band, but this meatier material allows him to really let loose. Bassist Leighton Holloway completes the trio, unifying the rich sound.
Sydneysiders can catch mrben launching Night & Day at the Annandale Hotel on Wednesday 19 November.
1) A MEMORY
2) ONE MAN
3) WHEN YOU'RE GONE
4) THE LAST TIME
8) WANT MORE
9) TIME TO LEARN
10) WALK ON WATER
11) LAY DOWN