japhy

japhy

 Richmond Hill, Ontario, CAN
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Featuring powerful vocals, slammin' guitar and a driving rhythm section, Japhy's strong performance provides an exciting live attitude and presence with captivating energy.

Biography

Featuring powerful vocals, slammin' guitars and a driving rhythm section, Japhy’s strong performance provides an exciting live attitude and captivating presence.

The band's magnetic energy is fuelled by Michael Stanfield's provocative lyrics, infectious rhythms and insightful themes which are both intimate and global in scope. Michael's unique style is perfectly complimented by Mike Spriggs' inspired lead guitar, with Rob DeSimone and Bobby Crane holding down the backbeat and pulse of the band.
Japhy, formerly known as Japhy Ryder have experienced many successes in the independent music scene since forming in 2005.
In 2006 they were chosen as winner’s in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest with their song 'Alright' which earned the band the honour of performing at the Namm show in Anaheim,California as part of the John Lennon tourbus stage.2006 also saw Japhy nominated for 'Best Live Band' at the Toronto Independent Music Awards.
In 2007 they performed an outstanding set at Kingfest Music Festival ( headliners - Sloan, theTrews, Jim Cuddy, Bruce Cockburn). This was followed by the release of their self titled EP and the beginning of mainstream and college radio play.
In March 2008 Japhy took their talent to Washington DC to perform a very well received set at the DC Independent Music festival. This was followed by an invitation to perform at the 2008 Toronto Independent Music Awards where they also picked up the award for best A.C. The band consistently delivers a tight, energetic live show with the most recent being at Indie Week 2008.

Japhy captures the universal need to Rock and Roll and delivers with a tight cohesive sound creating a free flowing feel.

Lyrics

Alright

Written By: Michael Stanfield

Alright

there is no need to worry about the situation
tell me your problems and we'll start investigating
you don't need a leader to guide a generation
don't tell me you want this

I want to tell you that you're alright with me

there is a need to look within and act without
solutions are easy when you stop and think about it
no need to feel as though your days are overwhelming
so stand up; be counted

i want to tell you that you're alright with me

even with the things going on around the world
even with the things that just seem so absurd
the universe, a shining star in the night
i want to tell you
when we take a breath, collective sigh, release
rhythm of the earth a syncopated beat
the universe, a shining star in the night
i want to tell you
i want to tell you that you're alright with me

Hypnotyze

Written By: Michael Stanfield

hypnotyze

i can feel the warm elation
like the setting sun
i am here
yes i am here

see the setting sun rise
i feel it in my soul
and it's got me thinking; home
i can see myself there
an island on the sea
surrounded by the waters of security

what you gonna see with those eyes
hypnotyze

feel the rising sun set
suspend all sense of time
if just for this moment
i'm soaking in the twilight
become the afterglow
submerged in the ocean
moving with it's flow

what you gonna see with those eyes
hypnotyze

like the setting sun
i am here

Bhorus and the Cridge

Written By: Michael Stanfield

Bhorus and the Cridge

I was invited by invitation
upon reflection I put my hat on
I was distracted by the distractions of everyday life so I took my hat off

everybody seems to think the world’s goin’ crazy
it just don’t matter how we lay it down

we were divided by the divisions of the decisions
on my television

we were provided with the provisions
and every time I think about what we’ve done
I think we missed the mission

everybody seems to think the world’s goin’ crazy
it just don’t matter how we lay it down

we were invited
we were invited

I WILL

Written By: Michael Stanfield

always in and out of time
someday i have to make it mine
and now you see i never let it go
always deep down in my soul

oh i want to see
i certainly want you to be everything you believe
i certainly want you to see everything you can see
and i will

forever chasing after dreams
wondering are they truly what they seem
and now i know i never let it go
forever deep down in my soul

oh i want to see
i certainly want you to be everything you believe
i certainly want you to see everything you can see
and i will
you know i will

Set List

Japhy can play up to two hours of original material, a typical set list is as follows:
Controlling Freedom
Water under Ground
Hypnotyze
Hit it with a Slide
Some Kind of Kind
Breakin' Through my Window
We R
Just to Get Away
Catch the Sky
Bhorus and the Cridge
Somebody Spoke
Time the Sweet Maiden
Yes we are Here
Try Me
Alright