first person shooter

first person shooter

BandEDMPunk

minding the fence between ministry and the rapture, first person shooter are a four-piece electro-punk outfit from toronto bent on changing the game with fast, frenetic guitars, soaring synths, fierce, impassioned vocals and entirely electronic drums.

Biography

INFORMATION IN THIS BULLETIN IS TO ASSIST IN THE IDENTIFICATION AND BOOKING OF SUSPECTS CONSIDERED ELECTRONIC, PUNK, ARMED AND DANGEROUS.

THEIR OBJECTIVE: Kill the bad guys, rescue the girl, save the world.

BACKGROUND MATERIAL
Sources reveal that first person shooter was formed in may of 2005 when Ryan Couture (aka "Player Three") responded to an ad placed on the internet by Nikkole Stone (aka “Player Two”). The period the band refers to as “fps 1.0” soon began, featuring a four-player lineup that also included a drummer and bassist. Over the course of the next year and a half the band wrote and then later played extensively, debuting at the Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on December 7, 2005.

After almost 60 live missions and the release of their first EP "1st to 20", the band took several months off to “re-vamp.” Sources from this time are few and generally biased; it is widely agreed by investigators that only the band members involved know the clear details of how the band went from a four-piece straight up garage rock band to the tight electronic outfit they've operated as since 2007.

Debuting their “2.0” lineup at the Global Backpackers Village in March of that year, the band featured the two original members as well as new additions Christina Kontos (aka “Player One”) on keyboards/909 and Darren Mehta (aka “Player Four”) on bass. They quickly honed their new lineup with numerous successful live missions, including turns at renowned Toronto venues such as Lee’s Palace and the Horseshoe, and the release of their second EP "codec" (available on iTunes).

Finishing up several important missions at the end of 2007, including Wavelength and Indie Week showcases, the band once again surprised fans and critics alike when they announced in early 2008 they had once again augmented their lineup, this time with a fifth player named Andy DuRego. They debuted their “3.0” lineup to a crowd of 250+ at the Legendary Horseshoe Tavern in February of this year, featuring metal-head DuRego (aka “Player Five”) on lead guitar and founding member Ryan Couture (aka “Player Three”) now running the band’s entirely sequenced drums live onstage.

Reports say the band displayed similar electricity consistently throughout 2008, releasing a new EP, "revolutionTM: the uprising" which featured them the rock-industrial "severe weather warning", and a neo-patriotic dance anthem called "go go america". The band closed out the year with the Canadian radio debut of "go go america" on The Edge 102.1FM and successful showcases for Indie Week Toronto and Wavelength.

CURRENT WHEREABOUTS
Resurfacing in early February 2009 for a Cutting Edge Music Festival showcase, the band once again surprised fans and critics alike with a leaner four-piece lineup. "Player Five" was no longer with the band and Nikkole Stone had added a Boss RC50 loop pedal to her rig. Since then reports indicate a band in its final incarnation, with synth label melodies and expertly tracked drum loops. Recent missions have included Pitter Patter Festival and Lee's Palace and the band is said to be working on the next installment of "revolutionTM."

From its inception first person shooter has been known for their disdain of capital letters, general anarchist tendencies, and undeniable mass appeal. Throughout all its phases the band has received both critical acclaim and has garnered an ever-growing and loyal following. Their recent live missions have evolved into frenzied dance parties, featuring hordes of attendees (aka “npc’s) and stunning delivery of their unique brand of powerful, catchy electronic-punk.

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Lyrics

litmus

Written By: player three

once again the glory ends
with eyes aglow the tower fell
the banner waves, the faithfull chase
the fine lines, they don't copy well
weakness seeds and instinct leads
the idol breathes, your holiness
the archetype slips, the convenant rips
and you gave it all for this

take their money
take their trust
they're not like us
they're not like us
we'll break these chains on the throats of the true believers
stutter and slide into the ether

we should have known, we should have guessed
altruism's no affliction suffered long by the honest
another diatribe falls to pieces and flies
on the wind in the shadow of the ivory fortress

take their money
take their trust
they're not like us
they're not like us
we'll break these chains on the throats of the true believers
stutter and slide into the ether

your chemical romance

Written By: player three

the weeping apex got all your little scars arranged just so
your new opinion scuffed and stretched and draping just so
spare us the life you stole
your perfect tainted soul

rock is dead here come the zombies
all singing all dancing all raised to be wanting
to be fucking for the cameras and praising the lord or
shilling tears over the failure of the new world order

a keening angel, prick their little fingers let that sympathy flow
flip your bangs back, find yourself a light and let that single tear roll
weep while you've got time to
we are coming for you

till it breaks

Written By: player two- nikkole stone

V1
Picture a posh setting with dirty plates
Worn out Yuppies and their tired dates
An unlikely refuge to plan an escape
From rip-off horrors, pity-me brand hate
Stalking theorists, they watch and we wait
B-plan conspiracy at stake
Like greedy children with something to take
Something to touch until it breaks

Ch
Two heroes gone bad
Reeling and world-mad
Tired of who they used to be
Lies are out there
Deciding who cares
Have you got something to say to me?

V2
Truth on TV, the myth of age
Laughing at the wars they wage
Unreal lives of the genuine fakes
Dying just to get a taste
Secret alley tapes press play
What happens next and fuck the mistakes
So just meet me in the bathroom at the Drake
Touch it till it breaks

Ch
Two heroes gone bad
Reeling and world-mad
Tired of who they used to be
Lies are out there
Deciding who cares
Have you got something to say to me?

the green grass of toronto

Written By: player three

rebel catchphrases and malcontented hair
revolution(TM) slogans everywhere
identity in crisis or ego in repair
sick of all their friends and other creatures of the were
hold to that teenage motto
and maybe then tomorrow
they'll lay their heads down on the
greener grass of toronto

deep in your heart i think you knew
you'd never escape that first person view
you've made your bed and now there's nothing left to do
but lie awake like day-glow orange on north atlantic blue
no job yet
it's getting colder
pan up slow
from a saccharine moment
scene ends and fades to black
new act, cue sound track
weepy melody enters
you know they're never going back

hold to that teenage motto
and maybe then tomorrow
they'll lay their heads down on the
greener grass of toronto

Discography

RECORDS
"revolutionTM: the uprising"
(september 2008, 2-level ep, mixed by reuben ghose, mastered at joao carvalho mastering)
"codec"
(august 2007, 6-level ep, mastered at joao carvalho mastering)
"2.0"
(march 2007, 2-level self-produced demo)
"1st to 20"
(summer 2006, 4-level demo recorded at little king studios, toronto)
"save the world...for later"
(fall 2005, self-produced 3-level demo)

COMPILATIONS
-public service broadcast #10, small town america records
(forthcoming, "the green grass of toronto")
-the new grunge rock-a-thon
(december 2006, "your girlfriend's crazy")
-pitter patter compilation
(december 2006, "your girlfriend's crazy")
-2006 toronto independent music awards nominee compilation
(october 2006, "the green grass of toronto")
-pitter patter compilation
(october 2006, "the green grass of toronto")
-nXng: the new grunge festival
(july 2006, "the green grass of toronto")

AIRPLAY
102.1FM The Edge (Mod Club Radio, www.edge.ca)
91.7 KOOP-FM (Austin TX, www.koop.org)
indie love radio (www.indielove.ca)
C101.5FM (mohawk college radio)
AM1390 (the johnny legend morning show)

PODCASTS
"NxEW Mixtape #4"
(http://www.nxew.ca/podcasts/)
"myspace premium artists"
(interview & airplay, www.monkeyslabradio.com)
"the void"
(various episodes, www.redhawkradio.net)
"toronto independent music podcast"
(various episodes, http://blogto.com/toronto_independent_music_podcast/)
"the dot"
(various episodes, podcast on www.torontoindie.com)

Set List

typical set runs 40 minutes, and will include some or all of the following originals:
go go america
first person shooter
severe weather warning
litmus
trouble at the foodcourt
your chemical romance
1st to 20
save the robots
till it breaks
the green grass of toronto
the setup
the mark
the operator