more messiah

more messiah

 Hermanus, Western Cape, ZAF
BandAlternativeRock

The Band That saves Grunge!Not only do they see themselves as a band standing for freedom of expression but they strive to inspire listeners to live a free life. They all Work really hard on their music careers and are planning to make a huge success of every project they take on,

Biography

Although the band now consists of three guitarists, a vocalist and a bassist, Terrence Wales and Michael Lettley was replaced and the line-up runs as follow:

Johnny Simpson – Vocalist and guitarist
Theuns Van Dyk – Lead guitarist
Dylan Finnemore – Rhythm Guitarist
Gerhardt Van Aswegen – Drums
Jaco Botha - Bassist

The band name was replaced because of existing bands with similar names. They decided that the launch of the new album would be ideal for making a new start with their new members and their new sound. The bands biggest influence came from the 90’s Seattle Grunge sound to which they added a progressed modernized and fresh essence.

Johnny Simpson is a content man. As the front man of More Messiah he found his inspiration and meaning in the world through music. As a Bloemfontein based band with their leading post-grunge sound bringing new flavour to the world, Rock and his fellow band members – drummer Gerhardt van Aswegen lead guitarist Theuns van Dyk bassist Jaco Botha and rhythm guitarist Dylan Finnemore – have eventually created the liberating debut album called “The Ragdoll Effect “
From a collection of 20 songs Johnny brought to the table, the producer Henry Davis along with Johnny evolved 10 songs into explosive guitar harmonies. The unique sound driven from More Messiah comes from the legendary Seattle Sound combined with 21st Century music intelligence and resulted in no fewer but 3 singles namely;Falling, Sickhead and Goes on forever.
They started the recording of ‘The Ragdoll Effect’ in June 2008 and have been involved with several local gigs throughout South Africa since then. They have only had good reviews and were approached as being band of the month in July 2009 through the local music paper ‘Jip’ and their debut album has been reviewed as a unique inspiration sound through several magazines; Neptune, One Small Seed and BPM.

As for the ultimate goals for More Messiah as a band, they want to create music for the sake of making music to reach those souls who seek to become content in their selves and in the world. Not only do they see themselves as a band standing for freedom of expression but they strive to inspire listeners to live a free life. They all Worked really hard on this album and it was an amazing experience through which they wall grew a lot.

Lyrics

Falling

Written By: Johnny Simpson

FALLING
She leans towards the edge that looks down her life
She leans to fall into eternity
She hope to find someone to pull her back
But all she sees is a hole that’s black

She ponders bout the way she feels

She’s falling, falling away
She’s faling, faling away

So many hands are left to bring her down
Ignores the hand that’s left to pick her up
Picks up her pills, that`s her only hope
And pray to God… And maybe she might cope

She ponders him bout this way she feels
She’s falling, falling away
She’s falling, falling away
She’s falling, falling away
She’s falling, falling away

She grabs her blade and wishes to bleed
Her scene of blood is all she needs

She’s faling, faling away
She’s faling, into dismay!

Goes on Forever

Written By: Johnny Simpson

GOES ON FOREVER
Open your eyes, believe what you see
What you’re meant to be I wrote for you
I may not live for long, but I`ll wait, I`ll wait for

Free your head and take your mind away
Let me lead you to the light that shines
For you
Save yourself

There is a light that shines for every soul
And when the light burns out, you fade away
So lit the light un-shined and live and live your own

Free your head and take your mind away
Let me lead you to the light that shines
It goes on forever…forever
Glows on forever…
Save yourself…Save yourself

Save yourself…Save yourself

Free your head and take your mind away
Let me lead you to the light that shines
It goes on forever…forever
Glows on forever…
Save yourself…Save yourself

Pain

Written By: Johnny Simpson

Pain
He sits on a pillow as the sun goes down
Pillow turns to stone as the moon comes up
Stare it down all fades to black
Pushing back and all explodes

Grab the wheel and pay it forward
Life close its eyes and all fades to black

Will the sun ever shine? … All I see is night
Will I ever see day? … I pray for light
Stare it down all fades to black
Pushing back and all explodes

Grab the wheel and pay it forward
Life close its eyes and all fades to black

There’s people out there and their aching in need
There`s people out there and I feel their pain
There’s people out there and their aching in need
There`s people out there and I`ll heal their pain

PAIN… I feel your pain
I see your pain
I`ll heal your PAIN…

I FEEL YOUR PAIN

Everything Seems Nothing Goes

Written By: Johnny Simpson

EVERYTHING SEEMS NOTHING GOES
A thousand mile’s don’t seem so far away when you stare into the eyes of someone new
As I walk along the edge of my dreams your needs don’t seem to find me anywhere
But I thought you’re wrong for me
And now I can finally find myself

But now that your gone everything seems to go wrong
And now that your away nothing seems to goes my way

A thousand miles just seem too far away when you’ve lost yourself in some place you don’t know
If I could have this over you will find myself enslaved to someone new
I tried to talk to you but you turned away in my face

But now that you’re gone everything seems to go wrong
And now that your away nothing seems to goes my way

I wane run away far away from you
And I want to fly away and not fight away my tears

But now that your gone everything seems to go wrong
And now that your away nothing seems to goes my way

Ballad For the Angel

Written By: Johnny Simpson

BALLAD FOR AN ANGEL
As I walk thru a dark black ally
I heard the voice of an angel
She’s crying in pain

And I try to find the tears that I hear
And I keep asking

Was it she that cried, was it she that called my name
This is the ballad for the angel that needed me…or was it you?

The closer I get the more I feel your mourn
And the secrets remain kept locked behind your eyes

I try to find the restlessness in me and I keep asking

Was it she that cried, was it she that called my name
This is the ballad for the angel that needed me…needed me

It was you that cried
It was you all this time
You were the angel in the corner of my soul…praying

I`ll save you!

Sickhead

Written By: Johnny Simpson

SICKHEAD
She`s an animal cause has no soul
She`s a mixed breed…she can`t find herself

Sick head
All the things she said
Dead mind
She can’t feel a thing
Dead end
She can`t find her way

She`s a monkey cause she climbs the wall to push me off
But she slips again

Sick head
All the things she said
Dead mind
She can’t feel a thing
Dead end
She can`t find her way, find her way

She destroys herself…

Sick head
All the things she said
Dead mind
She can’t feel a thing
Dead end
She can`t find her way, find her way

Find it, keep it, fuck it, lose it

Arms of Our Hero

Written By: Johnny Simpson

ARMS OF THE HERO
The world has this questions of what we`re heading for
And they label me lost ‘cause I’m following your word

But who are they to question ‘bout your word
And who are they to ponder ‘bout your work

Please save me from the madness of your world
The world is falling in the arms of our hero
In your hands I leave my fait

Lust overpowers your meaning of love
And we`re digging a hole of anger and pain

And I question of what we`re heading for
And you answer close your eyes and pray

Please save me from the madness of your world
The world is falling in the arms of our hero
In your hands I leave my fait

The world is falling in the arms of our hero
In your hands I leave my fait

And you answer close your eyes and pray

Please save me from the madness of your world
The world is falling in the arms of our hero
And I pray…

My Last Day

Written By: Johnny Simpson

MY LAST DAY
Gave up my life to be with you
I gave my hand and you dragged me down
Then you asked me would I die for you
I`d suffer if you want me to

Just give me one more day to be with you
Just one more day to leave in peace

Cause I’d rather die a hundred times
Than live a life with an empty heart
Well I`d suffer if you want me to

Just give me one more day to be with you
Just one more day to leave in peace

One more day to leave in peace

Let it be in peace
My last day to be with you

Just give me one more day to be with you
Just one more day to leave in peace

Our Blood

Written By: Johnny Simpson

OUR BLOOD
You were given the choice to hold it lose it or break
And you gave it away
Was it worth looking down on the one you made
There to take your place
Now you’re drowning in tears and you find your alone
In debt

But I`ll fight till the end
I won’t bow till I die
And you`ll find your blood poured over me

Discarded box and lot of tears, raped my joy
And it buried me, rot
Your words, like a knife, cuts worse than your deeds
Slice me up lay me down
You’ll drown in our flood and you’ll die with my blood
All alone

But I`ll fight till the end
I won’t bow till I die
And you`ll find your blood poured over me
I won’t live until I die

You’re lying in my blood, Your drowning in your flood

Drown, Drown…

Discography

Debut album:The Ragdoll effect.
Released in june 2009
Songs:

Falling
Goes On Forever
Pain
Everything seems Nothing Goes
Ballad For the Angel
Sickhead
Arms Of Our Hero
My Last Day
Our Blood
Darkened Room

Falling, Goes On Forever And Sickhead have been playing on Barney Simon`s show on Tuks Fm and also on Kofsie fm.

Set List

MIXER / STAGE:
• Mixer: 12 Input / 4 Aux (Pre/Post switchable) / 4 Groups / par. EQ
(preferred: Midas Venice160 or Soundcraft Delta DLX)

OUTBOARD EQUIPMENT
• 1 CD Player
• Reverb for vocals and guitar microphone (for example Lexicon PCM70/ TC M 2000)
• 2 Stereo graphic EQ

MICROPHONES:
• 5 Shure SM58 with stands
• 1 Condenser ‘mike’ with stand, for violin
• 1 Samson drum ‘mike-kit’
• 2 Condenser ‘mikes’ for overheads
• 3 Shure Sm 57 with stands
• 1 Di Box

PA (inclusive Amplification):
We need an adequate PA which fits for the venue with a subwoofer system.
(example: D&B E Series, Turbosound TQ 310)
• 4 Tops front (zero-line) (rigged)
• 2 X 18” subwoofers

2 WAY MONITORING (INCLUSIVE AMPLIFICATION AND STEREO GRAPHIC EQ)
Four 12”monitors, two on each side lying on the floor (example: Nexo PS15, Turbosound TQ310)

LIGHTS:
• Compulite Spark or Photon preferred (will be operated on stage)
• Programming: we need chaser (rate/intensity), cues with splitte