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In 2004, Asbestos formed as Drew Wright (guitar/voice) and Erik Davis (bass guitar). We existed in various forms as second guitarists and drummers came and went, until we reached our current line up when Bobby Canner (drums) joined in 2009.
In order to express and summarize our personal ideas, we adopted our slogan “Unity, not hatred. Love, not violence. Freedom, not oppression.” This motto is reflected in our lyrics and our actions. For example, in the song “Destroy the Wall” we advocate freedom for all people in this country, without exception. In the interest of combining music and personal beliefs, we have frequently organized concerts at a local church since 2006, where we play to raise money for their homeless missions.
In 2007, we released our first full album, “Punk is Freedom,” which consisted of 20 tracks and was, like all of our subsequent releases, completely self-produced. After 3 years of learning about recording, production, and music, we released “Single and Ready to Mingle,” a 9 song EP in the spring of 2010. We hope to release our second full-length album “Life Incorporated” by May of 2013 and to have a music video to accompany the entire album later on.
Our genre (punk/progressive) is one that is rather odd and, in some ways, paradoxical. However, we feel that this genre best explains our sound. While we began as a punk/grunge band, inspired by groups such as The Clash, Anti-Flag, Rancid, and Nirvana, we began to experiment with uncommon musical ideas such as odd meters/metric modulation, unconventional harmonic movement, and linear song form (non-verse-chorus-verse form) and created a sound that is completely unique to us.
In the summer of 2009, after playing about 25 shows around the Baltimore area, we wanted to expand beyond the local scene, so we decided to set out on our first tour. We were horribly unprepared for what lay ahead of us, but the experience we gained from this tour made our next 6 tours much more successful.
We hope to continue to grow as musicians and performers and to be able to focus on our music as a career so that we may better help society through our music and actions.