Sinch

Sinch

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Sinch fuses the worlds of music and film into a new multimedia experience. With a live video show created on-the-fly using the Viditar(invented by Jay), the band explodes before your very eyes, and then slowly and delibrately sifts through the rubble only to get back up and do it all over again.

Biography

“Other people’s music is my biggest inspiration” Sinch drummer Dan McFarland says, “and I just want to create something that affects other people in the same way that the music I listen to affects me.” This pretty much sums up what Sinch has been doing in vocalist Jamie Stem’s parents garage since their humble beginnings in 1994. It’s no surprise that four bored, white suburban kids might decide to start a band in high school, maybe play a few “gigs”, maybe even stick together for a few years and try to make it in the “big city”. Despite hitting a myriad of roadblocks along the way, the group has remained completely intact for the past ten years and continues their pursuit of a dream that never seems to die.

Sinch consists of five essential members that come together to create and construct music from their collective experiences. They seem to interpret feelings and emotions in such a way that it comes out through their pores when they play. From guitarist Tony Lannutti’s dark ominous guitar tones, to Jamie Stem’s ability to switch, with ease, from soft passionate melodies into taut unnatural screams, the band creeps its way into explosions when performing. With Mike Abramson’s driving bass lines and Dan McFarland's intricate drumming providing the engine and fuel, there is just something special about this band that you can’t quite put your finger on, and maybe don’t want to.

Anchored in the Philadelphia suburbs Sinch’s popularity has grown year after year and in 2001 it became impossible for record labels to ignore their success. Sinch soon signed on with Roadrunner Records and began recording their self titled debut album with Malcolm Springer (Saliva, Fear Factory, Matchbox 20), a producer known well for his capacity to make an incredible record. This artist/ producer combination proved to be quite powerful and soon after completion of the record their first single “Something More” was released to the airwaves of radio stations worldwide. With no expectations and every ounce of hope Sinch was able to witness their message spread globally. “Something More” became one of the top 100 active rock singles of the year in 2002, and Sinch’s self titled album had one of the best first week of sales in Roadrunner Records debut release history.

They have toured all over the country and shared the stage with such acts as Linkin Park, P.O.D., Seether, Chevelle, Stone Sour, Rob Zombie, Nickleback, Jerry Cantrell, Sevendust, Filter, Korn, Trapt, and Hatebreed. Even with all that and a video on MTV to boot, there is an element of Sinch that remains in the shadows until you actually see them perform for yourself. Armed with an Ocular Noise Machine and a hard drive full of CNN footage and odd visual loops (like Osama Bin Laden morphing into Jesus morphing into Hillary Clinton, and so on) Sinch’s fifth member Jay Smith, edits and cuts at breakneck speed on stage, playing alongside the band, sweating out each and every loop of video brilliance. His contribution is essentially unexplainable, you really have to be there to see for yourself the connections between the images, the lyrics, and the sound to completely understand what Sinch is.

After ten years of the same line up of players Sinch has progressed beyond the boundaries of tradition and formed a creative brotherhood that is not only apparent on stage, but also within their every note. There are no choreographed antics or rehearsed speeches, just five guys operating on a different plane than any band I’ve ever seen. Taking chances and mixing innovation with tradition, the Sinch boys have been dubbed the “brothers of invention” by Philadelphia Weekly and continue to evolve their already intriguing live show with each and every performance. With a new album (Clearing The Channel) recorded with Drew Mazurek (Gwar, HIM, Linkin Park out on Rock Ridge Music (March 2005), Sinch continues to release great and innovative music for their world wide listeners while touring and writing. The video for "All That's Left Behind" was a featured daily download on iFilm and Fuse TV and the song Identity Theft was one of the top 5 downloads on StereoKiller.com. With their sights set on touring in the upcoming year and releasing several digital EP’s as well as a DVD, Sinch has proven to be one of the most dedicated and self motivated bands in the music business.

Discography

Albums / EPs
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Sinch (2002) - Roadrunner
Imitating the Screen EP (2002) - Roadrunner
Clearing the Channel (2005) - Rock Ridge Music
Live Cuts 2005 EP (2005) - Rock Ridge Music

Compilations / Soundtracks
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Road Rules MTV (2003) - Roadrunner Records
Ginger Snaps OST (2002) - Roadrunner Records
Maxim Rocks (2003) - Universal

Video Games
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Greg Hastings' Tournament Paintball (XBox)

Radio Play
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"All That's Left Behind" was recently featured on HardDrive, a nationally syndicated radio show, and has received airplay in other markets as well. (No "independent radio promoters" involved)

"Something More", from the self-titled album, was the second most added Active Rock track the week of its release (in the US) and went on to be one of the top 100 Active Rock tracks of the year. It also received generous airplay in Europe, Australia and Japan.

Other tracks from "Sinch" -- "Tabula Rasa" "Bitmap", "433", "The Arctic Ocean" and "To Die in Fall" also received airplay both in the US and Europe.

Videos
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"Something More" (2002)
Received airplay on MTV, MTV2, MuchMusic and other video outlets.
"Tabula Rasa" (2003)
Received airplay on MTV2, MuchMusic, and other video outlets.
"All That's Left Behind" (2005)
Debuted as a featured video on ifilm.com and as the Daily Download on FuseTV

TV Appearances
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Road Rules - MTV - (2003)
Sinch was featured in a 2003 episode of the MTV show Road Rules. The episode featured clips of a live performance attended by the cast. Three tracks from the album, "Something More", "Bitmap" and "The Arctic Ocean" were also used in the episode.

The Screen Savers - TechTV (2004)
Jay Smith (Ocular Noise Machine) and Tony Lannutti (Guitar, Sound Design) appeared on an episode of The Screen Savers to showcase the Viditar and the Union software package that brings it all together.
After an interview the performed a short musical piece to show the Viditar in action.

Early Independent Releases
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Project: Bluebird (2000)
Diatribe (1998)
The Strychnine (1996)
Demo/EP (1995)

Set List

Typical set is 45-60 minutes.

Silence Broken
Dead Sentinels
Identity Theft
433 (Hypothetical Situation)
Bitmap
Something More
What They Mean When They Say
Sails
To Die in Fall
The Power of Suggestion