Under Your Bed
Every good band has a sound. All the great bands have character. While these axioms hold true for Under Your Bed, it wasn't always so. The project that evolved into Under Your Bed began in a spirit of experimentation; allowing the diverse personalities and tastes of the members to shape the sound. It wasn't long before the unique potential of this musical montage was so evident that the focus of each of the members sharpened into razor clarity. Honing their burgeoning sound through ups and downs, thick and thin, the collective attitude of Under Your Bed rapidly matured from a tone of casual fun into a steely determination - a drive to be heard by the largest audience possible as the character of their music continued to develop. Against this backdrop the founding members of Under Your Bed would face, and ultimately surmount, an enormous obstacle; the blank spaces in the ranks of their fledgling band. Recruiting perfect candidates would take longer than any of them expected. Ultimately it would be this final cast of Under Your Bed that could summon the collective resources required to refine the songs, reinvigorate the performances, and define the sound, character -- the very soul -- of the group today. The partnership between singer Elissa Sapp and guitarist Jim Marchione began in September of 2005 at an open mic night. "She was this tiny little girl with an acoustic guitar that was bigger than she was," recalls Jim, "but her voice was so huge and spot-on...I don't know when I've heard a better rock vocalist, I just knew we had to work together." Vocals and guitar may be a great recipe for folk music, but Jim and Elissa would find themselves confined by the emotional boundaries of voice and guitar alone. Their frustration and aggression could only find a proper outlet through Rock 'N Roll, but expanding the line-up was imperative if their rock band was to become a reality. Realizing that a clutch of like-minded collaborators could help them lift the inspiring boulder they wanted to throw into the stagnant pond of today's rock music, Elissa and Jim began hunting through the multitudes of today's barely-above-water music scene for a good fit. The two talent-seekers found their first compatible match in February 2006 when local music journalist and publisher Brayne Jennings joined the fold on bass. His skill and stage presence made him all but impossible for Jim and Elissa to ignore. Though Brayne originally committed to Under Your Bed with the words "I just want to play," it wasn't long before he succumbed to temptation and got involved beyond the stage. Injecting his unique vision into every creative process, Brayne became an essential member of the growing Under Your Bed family. Jim, Elissa, and Brayne diligently began working on new material, using their combined abilities to ensure that it was as original as it was refined. Though Under Your Bed remained committed to Rock's familiar song format, cookie-cutter writing found no home in any of their pieces. The unique attributes of each member and their roles in the band continued to emerge, define, and redefine themselves... but Elissa, Brayne and Jim weren't out of the woods yet. Trouble was on the boil in it's habitual kettle; the drums. Following a whirlwind of drummers blowing in and out at a rate of almost one-per-month, desperation had set in. "It was important that whoever occupied that throne was a team player. They had to fit, they had to want it, and they had to know that this was big," Brayne recollects. Enter percussionist/guitarist Zach Brown, the perfect fit for the little band that was rapidly outgrowing their pond. After a few months of performances and demoing with Zach behind the kit, everyone had slowly become aware of one last problem. The ambitious sound Under Your Bed was reaching towards was far outstripping the sonic capabilities of a power trio. And so the last, crucial musician to join the family was Jon Rossi. Filling out the sound on rhythm guitar, Jon had originally intended to enroll at the prestigious Berklee College of Music but put those plans on long-term hold following his audition with Under Your Bed. "I've got no regrets," says Jon of his decision to commit to Under Your Bed full-time.. Today Under Your Bed has a sound and the character to drive it home with an authority and focus only an experienced team can muster. Led by Elissa Sapp's vocals swinging "from angelic to vicious in the same verse" [The Compendium], Under Your Bed alternately delivers passages of intricate delicacy and blunt-force trauma. From the two core members meeting at a coffee shop to opening for national touring acts as a band, including reputable groups such as The Birthday Massacre and Shiny Toy Guns, Under Your Bed has been stunning audiences and accruing a more-than-impressive fan base since 2005. Chosen by local radio giant 93.3 WMMR to include the song "No Compromise" on their compilation album Local Shots vol. 3 which was released in February of 2007, Under Your Bed has been ultimately preparing to launch the debut album you're considering purchasing right now.