Optimus is Primed
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Optimus is Primed

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"Night of the Supergroups"

The last band on the night were for me what this gig was all about. Optimus is Primed are two young lads with the bottle to try something completely different in a national music scene saturated with erstaz metal and indie groups. Wearing matching patterned t-shirts Sam on keyboards, drum machine and bass and Dave on lead guitar and percussion combined to produce some great semi-improvised instrumental music. Their music is some kind of combination of dance jazz and rock they have their sound completely sorted. Dave’s guitar playing seems to be influenced partly by Robin Trower and partly by Carlos Santana, when he’s thinking about what he’s doing his improvised solos lose a bit of fluidity and spontaneity but when he just goes for it, well, it’s great. He just needs a bit more self belief, which his partner Sam has in spades, what a showman.
My picks of the night would have been Optimus Is Primed and More Than They Know. - The West Sussex County Times


we've had no official releases however we've released an EP off our own back. It recieved radio play on various local stations around Britain including Dundalk FM (unsigned band of the week) and WFM97.2 Manchester.



Whats the Story?
Once upon a time there was an indie band. The vocalist and guitarist fell out of love with the other members and discovered the joys of synthesis and discovered that they had the talent to combine these 'new' sounds with old school guitar riffs, combining to make something not quite like anything else. The indie band split and what had started as a side project developed into a full blown band. Armed initially with nothing apart from a guitar, a few cheap effects pedals, a basic synth and a guitar pedal drum machine they began to play live. The shows were bundles of energy which whipped the audience into a dance fuelled frenzy. As the months passed they upgraded their equipment and soon they were perfroming with a much wider and upgraded asortment of instruments but with the same initial energy that they had begun with. It was around this time they discovered a talented girl who offered to guest star on a few tricks. She never left and became the third member. This brings us up to the modern day. Although many attempts have been made to record the band, they still shine the strongest when onstage.

What sets us apart from other bands?
I'd say it was our live show. Many artists would use computers in order to achieve our sound yet we go against this. The only part of our music which is not played live is the drum, but they are still controlled and altered on stage. Another thing that sets us apart from other bands is the way in which we fuse the guitar and synth. The guitaring is raw and has been compared to the likes of Carlos Santana.

We do take influence from nearly every corner of music but heres a few artists we can directly name:
Crystal Castles (their live show is a huge influence on us)
Joe Satriani (his guitar style has guided us a lot)
Late of the Pier (the unconventialness is something we try to achieve)
Gary Numan (the pioneer that he is)
Radiohead (their lack of boundries inspires us)