the art of self defense

the art of self defense


A striking band of four; fusing rock, pop, metal, and funk sensibilities. Extemely high energy live show, ASD conducts and commands the stage making each performance a tour de force of sweat and melodic hooks. Not intended for shoe gazers or smooth jazz people prone to sleeping.


THE ART OF SELF DEFENSE came into fruition to satisfy the collective needs of four musicians, determined to find a new, groove oriented, heavy melodic kind of 'sound'. Their diverse influences combine to create a potent musical cocktail only bested by their awe-inspiring, spleen-bursting, high energy live show. This Music flows with the intensity of a runaway locomotive and the effortless grace of a soaring bird; while the lyrics explore desire, love, pain, doubt and hope with equal ease and poise.

For Rock fans in search of something new, but palatable, the search is over!

The Vocals of Chris Morales and Chris French's guitar melodies texture a sort of call and response that range from frantic to sweet, chaotic to collected. The Bass of Ramon Salumbides provides a syncopated thump the melds seamlessly with Ian Caruso's simple, groove foundation.

This Band does not need to rely on the gimmicks and pyrotechnics, sonic and otherwise, to get their music across, these things are not necessary. Those who hear it need neither convincing nor a second listen... they get hooked. To put it in the simplest terms, THE ART OF SELF DEFENSE WILL KICK YOUR ASS, and YOU WILL TAKE IT!

Everything about the band, from sound to stage show, packaging to performance, feels organic and natural for one very good reason, it is. These men do one thing with their instruments and that is be themselves, but dear God, they are good at it.

Fresh and addicting, just be happy you weren't the last to experience them.

Ian played in the controversial Seattle band Courtney Killed Kurt, it was a lot cooler than you think.

French and Ramon carried the Seattle hodgepodge known as Ophelia.

Morales previously fronted the award winning Cork Ireland rock act, 'The New Messiahs'. Prior to that he held lead for the Chicago rock group 'SAPO' with Mobe Shileds and Frank Cavanaugh (Filter)

Thanks for watching.

Have a good evening.


Oh yes... people tend to compare us to System of a down, Mudvayne Faith No More.... and the live show? Think The Carpenters meets The Jesus Lizzard, were they healthy and fully clothed.


The Art of Self Defense are in the studio working on their debut release, slated for release on July first.

Set List

a new seed
between six and eight
brace the cieling
king of my own reflection
the next new sound

Our sets play for 40 to 45 minutes. lest time for ranting and changing tunings.

This is a very high enegry set which involves lots of water... water and high frucose sugar products... perferably energy drinks... except for Morales who tends to sip tea... (a side effect of living in the UK).