West of Seven

West of Seven

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Based in Brooklyn, NY, West of Seven features a modern sound reminiscent of the rhythmic stylings of Incubus and the crunch of Godsmack. Their fan base continues to grow as they play the downtown NYC club circuit with their brand of melody meets mash.

Biography

Rock has always been marked by a great mosaic of various talents, resulting in new blends of style and sound. West of Seven is no exception, as this New York City foursome has risen out of the ashes of time-honored standards and resurrected the blue-collar work ethic. The result - a release of its audience from the monotonous day-to-day, a celebration of our own daily lives culminating in musical dynamics.

Originally formed in 2003, each of the members has endured the daily grind of 9 to 5 while trying to bring West of Seven to a full-time endeavor. Be My Cure, the bands debut CD, echoes this sentiment. Lead vocalist Mike Bonfiglio’s lyrics and stylistic approach reflect longing for individual advancement, making ends meet, and introspectives into self-worth. Sean Doran’s guitar tones and heart-felt leads provide the mood tracks. Juan Bastidas and Justin Benson's explosive rhythm section fuels the aggression and motivation of getting the job done.

Reminiscent at times of Incubus’ rhythmic stylings and the boot-to-the-throat crunch of Godsmack, West of Seven has been casting an increasing shadow over NYC, with its brand of melody meets mash. They are a live act garnering increased attention, as their crowd grows at each show. A crowd with which this band can identify with its want to forget about the grind, and scream out in song.

Mike Bonfiglio - born in Springfield, VT, Mike was raised on his father’s folk and classic rock influences. He sang for most of his life until he took up piano, saxophone, and finally guitar during his formative years. His guitar playing provided the impetus for his songwriting. After graduating from Wake Forest University, where he played in a couple of different musical projects, he settled in NYC. There he got involved in the local music scene, where he met up with Sean Doran.

Sean Doran - a garageband lifer, Sean has run the gambit of different rock styles. Though his influences include Zeppelin, Rush, Dave Matthews, and Tom Morello, he’s been involved in blues, prog rock, and southern rock bands, which have given him a comprehensive reservoir to draw upon for songwriting. His previous band, Clearview, which featured current West of 7 bassist Juan Bastidas, enjoyed good success on the Long Island music scene, receiving radio airplay, and a trip to the LI Music Festival semis, before disbanding in December 2002.

Juan Bastidas - a worldly-influenced artist, Juan toured the U.S. and Europe as a tech, most extensively with Joan Osborne. Originally a guitarist, Juan switched to bass upon noticing the high demand for the position. Juan was enlisted by Mike and Sean after initial sessions with his brother, Andy, former Clearview guitarist.

Lyrics

Life of My Design

Written By: Michael Bonfiglio

Maxed out my cards again
I tried hard not to spend
More then I make but I just need a break
From this damn Manhattan rent
And all the bills I sent
To pay for my phone and the gas in my stove
I’ve yanked this budget through the wheels
But nothing can make my debt repeal
I wonder how others live the day
I know there are those making less than me

Tell me how they all make it
Show me the lane to pass the bottom line
So I can live and even break it
Holding to a better life of my design

No roommates on the phone
I am paying all alone
For a two bedroom place on a one bedroom take
With a bigger cellphone plan
Yet using better than
A hundred above minutes that I’m out of
On a single night out my cash is shot
For a couple of beers $8 a pop
10 or 15 a piece just to get in the door
Talking to some girls means spending more

Tell me how they all make it
Show me the lane to pass the bottom line
So I can live and even break it
Holding to a better life of my design

Be My Cure

Written By: Michael Bonfiglio

Everytime on display for a taste needed praise on my mind through my breath sound
A lifetime of broken hearts highest climbs farthest drops these are the secrets you’ve found
Cause I need to hear your thoughts, cause I want to have attention
Compensate for what I’ve wrought, instead of just bringing me down

Can’t you see I’m insecure
Come with me and be my cure
Fill my need and give me more

Hear me sing look at me on one knee eye candy I want more be my whore now
Pay my bills get in free make me celebrity go on tour then take a bow
Cause I need to hear your thoughts, cause I want to have attention
Compensate for what I’ve wrought, instead of just bringing me down

Can’t you see I’m insecure
Come with me and be my cure
Fill my need and give me more

One a day vitamin for my whim ego bin life support keeps me around
Just a cheer for my ear screaming fans are my plans never change they just compound
Cause I need to hear your thoughts, cause I want to have attention
Compensate for what I’ve wrought, instead of just bringing me down

Can’t you see I’m insecure
Come with me and be my cure
Fill my need and give me more

Stage Rush

Written By: Michael Bonfiglio

You got me riding high upon this rush
Oh it’s a simple high that can be found
And separate from the times when I’m a lush
For when I’m on the stage I can’t be down

And if you want to find what’s driving me
It’s simple science, cause music is my key
I know you feel it too cause you sing with me
We live for music, and that’s the way we be

So pass me a beer or pass me a few
Just as long as you keep me on this stage
Cause raw is the rush that I came to feel
When I grab this mic and I let it rage

If the crowd is live I’m on my game
But if the ladies get wild the party’s on
So all my fine ass girls should sing with me
And if I look your way let me know you’re down

And if you want to find what’s driving me
It’s simple science, cause music is my key
I know you feel it too cause you sing with me
We live for music, and that’s the way we be

So pass me a beer or pass me a few
Just as long as you keep me on this stage
Cause raw is the rush that I came to feel
When I grab this mic and I let it rage

Chorus

It’s a new kind of song I came to sing
A little jazz in my rock to move the crowd
With a hard movin riff I came to bring
You to a whole different game without a shout

So pass me a beer or pass me a few
Just as long as you keep me on this stage
Cause raw is the rush that I came to feel
When I grab this mic and I let it rage

Discography

Be My Cure - 2005

The CD receives streaming radio play on garageband.com.

Life of My Design has won Best Beat in Rock, week of 28Feb2005 on garageband.com.

Set List

Originals:
-Chemical Down
-Am I Niave
-Death's Anniversary
-I'll Still Refuse
-Be My Cure
-Life of My Design
-Stage Rush
-On My Own
-12 Years and a Day
-Corporate Slave
-Damn Beautiful
-Here Comes Tomorrow
-Don't Doubt It
-Her Only
-Lost Direction
-My Own Delay
-It Wouldn't Change Anything
-Settled Score
-State of Mind
-Supplicate
-Why Must I Choose
-Turned Your Back On Me