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Faster Than Light / Bio

About Faster Than Light...

1995-ish…guitarist and songwriter Keith Lenn decided to take a break from his normal routine. Rather than a typical day of work and grad school, the songwriter settled on a bottle of white wine, an acoustic guitar, and the enclosed porch at 612 Morris Street. Four chords later, lyrics for a song called “Dull” were penned and Faster Than Light was born.

It’s just that no one knew it.

Lenn continued writing songs on his acoustic and scribbling lyrics, phrases, and song titles in a black binder that still conceals as much today as it has given over the years. Misery, the Darkest Side, and even Jessica Mills have escaped the binder while Janine, Julianne, and the Ledge remain trapped.

Doug Maresca was introduced to Keith to help fill the void in Red Thunder back in 1991, or so. Maresca and Lenn would go on to play in New York-area bands on and off for the better part of 20 years before making the decision to take these songs and build a band around them. It was a no-brainer finding the right vocalist. Ken Reedy was the first and only choice. Having established himself as the premiere vocalist in the area, it was evident that Reedy was born to sing these songs. David Greenberg, a workhorse bassist with great tone and touring experience, was the first, only, and logical choice to round out FTL's rhythm section. Larry Ross, who had played with Lenn and Maresca on the OTHRS cd, rounds out the quintet.

FTL is a band built around songs, not a band that builds songs. The characters and setting already exist. Jessica lives seven houses down the street. Victoria lives five houses down the street. There’s a mall, a girl named Janine, and everyone wants to be Desiree’s boyfriend. The sun blackens that which once was night. If the girl on the bus knew my name, she could use it…if she wanted to. Julianne is so tan. There are skeletons in the closet. We race the countryside and always win. And when you’re constantly forgiven, it means you’ve done something wrong.

Don’t worry if you’re not following along. The songs tell the stories. Some are real. Some are imagination. Some are in between. And some of them should be real…After all, doesn't every guy want a girlfriend that can kick a field goal from fifty-five yards out?

General Info

Band Members
Keith Lenn, Doug Maresca, Ken Reedy, Larry Ross, David Greenberg
Artist Name
Faster Than Light
Home Page
Active Since
Rock / Pop-Rock / Alternative

Contact Info

Thiells, NY
Keith Lenn

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