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The driving force behind Canadian hard rock band Famous Underground is led by vocalist Nick Walsh and bassist Laurie-Anne Green — both come from the same school of rock, but also share the same socio-political views and business drive. They have never strayed from their life-long dedication to hard rock music and lock the power and energy into 4-minute songs that have great hooks.
Famous Underground's sound and music is edgy, melodic and hooky bringing a paradigm shift to the arena of rock. It's been said, that they have created something fresh and exciting in an otherwise stagnated genre. With the conclusion that no-one has definitive comparisons, Carl Begai writer with elite hard rock/metal magazine BW&BK describes the new recording as “it’s a darker if-Metallica-were-Guns-N-Roses direction with this brand new album.”
FAMOUS UNDERGROUND’s self-titled studio release consists of 11 tracks produced by Nick Walsh, and mixed by Darius Szczepaniak (Sum 41, Black Crowes, Big Sugar, Sacrifice) at Rouge Valley Studio in Toronto. The new recording takes Walsh’s writing to a more defined state where the lyrics delve more into the complexities of the real world.
The lead-off track, an edgy melodic track called “Wasteland,” stemmed from the American government’s inaction to Hurricane Katrina and evolved into his view about the apathetic Bush administration, while the heavier and darker “Hell To Pay” was inspired by Al Gore’s environmental exposé, An Inconvenient Truth.
Things need to be updated and changed because this is what evolution is about,” says Nick. “There are certain groups holding back the evolution of man and songs like „Wasteland,‟ „Necropolis‟ and „Hell To Pay‟ reflect that.”
As with most of Famous Underground's material, they set out to create an awareness that everyone has the power to better themselves, the environment and the world around them.
These musicians have independently garnered critical acclaim supporting such acts as Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, Kid Rock, Black Sabbath, Billy Talent, Yngwie Malmsteen, April Wine and many other international acts.