Underwhelmed's inception began with the fusion of good friends, vocalist Chris Amplo and songwriter/guitar player, Paul Boyle. Seeking musicians who envisioned an altruistic, driving rock band, the pair ran into twin brothers Mike, bass, and Chris Russo, drums, whose indescribable chemistry set the tone for the band's first CD release.
Underwhelmed's sound captures some of the best moments of bands like U2, Pearl Jam and Live. With lyrics based on self-revelation and deep rooted inner struggle, the music is seemingly loud, commanding, and anthemic, without ever being pandering or overwrought. Giving listeners the complete package, songs like 'Reachin' and 'Devoted' push and pull at you from the inside; fast and hard driving. Other featured tracks like 'Reveal' unveil a delicate, softer side of Chris' voice, while 'Headstrong' hooks you in with its signature guitar sound and infectious chorus. With dues paid and lessons learned, underwhelmed's strongest contribution is their high-energy live performance. Night after night, charismatic vocalist Chris Amplo relentlessly delivers a passionate, no holds barred performance that grips the audience. Powering the songs is the bands unforgettable rhythm section. Together, underwhelmed delivers an extraordinary set of songs based on raw energy and an emotional exchanged between the band and its audience.
"pure, unadulterated emotion has always been an important thing to me in a song...I always loved performences where the artist boarders hysterics" say frontman Chris Amplo.
Since the release of their CD, AND NOW I CAN SEE, produced by Scott Kempner of the Dictators and released independently in May of 2002, underwhelmed has had 2 tracks included on the soundtrack to Winstar Pictures' feature film, ALL SAINTS DAYÃ¢Â„Â¢, including 'Devoted' and an unreleased song called 'Stare'. Growing popularity has landed the band opening spots for multi-platinum musicians like Columbia recording artists, Sponge, as well as headlining spots of their own in some of the area's largest venues.
'...The first time I saw you I was blown away. (At L'Amours, with Sponge)I got your cd...and I can't stop listening...' Dorie - Elmont, NY
Underwhelmed is a young, energetic band with direction and confidence. Steering clear of trends and musical mediocrity, the band stays true to their music while painting a story of pain and aggression in the face of their personal triumph and persistence. The members' relationships with each other are as solid as the music, all with the hopes their overshadowed tales will one day reach national acclaim. Having been influenced by some of the most successful acts of yesterday and today, underwhelmed is certainly ready to dig its niche in today's popular music market.The band debut album AND NOW I CAN SEE is quickly moving and available here at CDBABY.com. Get it today.
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2. Carry On
3. Mirror in the face
5. Masking Shadows
6. Flesh & Blood
8. Not to Touch the Earth