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Below The Stitch

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Never Walk Alone -2009





MARCH 2009 UPDATE: AJ Fratto has recorded guest vocals on the new Queensryche song "Sliver". This is to be released March 31, 2009 on the album 'American Soldier'. AJ Fratto singing with Geoff Tate, one of musics greatest vocalists. Congratulations!


Below The Stitch is four unique individuals with diverse backgrounds merging to create a bold, musical statement. Below The Stitch combines many different writing styles to bring forth a heavy driven sound with undeniable melody. Influences range from Rage Against the Machine to P-Funk from Queensryche to Disturbed from Journey to Metallica. The raw emotion captured in this band's material is sure to wake up a new generation of music lovers and remind the previous of why they love energy filled music. The members of Below The Stitch have been the support act for Papa Roach, Godsmack, Staind, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Three Days Grace, Lit, Everclear, Greg Rolie Band, Sugar Ray, Flogging Molly, and more. Below The Stitch is an explosive, dynamic group of live performers with the ability to capture their intensity in the studio. The band has just released its debut album "Never Walk Alone", a culmination of rock, metal, and funk. This is a group leaning on each others different playing experiences to make their own resonant style.


"The Beast From The East" is the live wire that spearheads BTS. The infectious compatibility between my bandmates and myself are apparent through our motivational metal. I feed off their onslaught and proceed to emrace anything that crosses my path. Emotionally driven, AJ's heart and soul set the standard as a conscientious showman. I live for the crowd; we together are active participants in this beautiful assembly of sound. I consider our band to be "the peoples champ". After all, the people are what it's all about. I'm so proud they allow us to be a representative of their culture and spirit. We will NOT let them down.

GARY HUMPHREY: Guitar Orchestrations

Playing stringed instruments since the age of 8, music has always been present in Gary’s life. Having a strong love for the live performance, he has been playing gigs since sixteen. Though Gary is able to break a song down to its subtle elements, his true nature in playing is all out, energy driven riffs. “The tendency for most guitar players is to over play. Surround yourself with great players, and you can create something great with more understandable elements. To me it’s better to feed off the energy of the group around me.”


Justin is part of the diverse character that defines Below The Stitch. His roots do include rock, but are better described as a punk-funk blend. He brings an element to the group that involves a lot of counter melody, crossed with a more syncopated approach to bass playing, versus simply holding the low end. Many effects and ambiance that are present in the music are actually the bass. Justin does create many different textures in the studio recordings, but to see him live is to know his true calling. Simply put, he was born to be an entertainer. In addition to bass, Justin also writes acoustic oriented material on guitar. His versatility is very evident by playing the most heavy of elements to opening up the flavor of melodic acoustic grooves. Having this ability enables him to make the puzzle pieces fit in Below The Stitch's songwriting.


Michael knew he wanted to play drums since the age of ten. He has performed jazz, orchestral, marching and intricate progressive metal music since he began. Some of Lukers’ inspirations come from influential artists such as Johan Langell, Snowy Shaw, Vik Foxx, Shannon Larkin and Mark Zonder, to name just a few. Michael has the ability to push Below The Stitch’s music while also letting the "experience" breathe. "I love being one of the four driving and visual entities behind his band. Staring out from behind my kit is a feeling that pumps through my blood every day. We try to entertain as one big machine, but if Justin and I can move the crowd with punch and low end, then it's a good show. ”