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Hailing from the slums of Seattle to the suburbs of Northern California, Anthony Presti has found himself inspired by the tragically beautiful and unsettling discourse of the world. His songs are about heartbreak and desire and the will to never give up that yearning for love, happiness, and freedom. His knack for vulnerability is incredibly admirable, as his songs tell stories that most people tuck away in their journals.
Starting out as a young kid at the age of thirteen, learning AC/DC and Nirvana songs, he was taught by his uncles who played everything from folk, to rock, to the blues. He then moved to California, to a city just north of the bay called Santa Rosa, where he met a future band mate while selling newspapers in front of grocery stores. One day, while chatting about musical influences, his friend posed the question, “Do you sing? My band is looking for a singer?” Presti quickly replied, “Yes,” without ever singing a note in his life.
The band started out playing Nirvana and Jesus Lizard covers and swiftly derived the name Derge. Throughout the years, the band grew with Presti through adolescence to adulthood. They went through many trivial stages; replacing band members, defining styles, recording albums, and laboring through “do it yourself” tours. The band reached its pinnacle in 2003 recording their famed album, “Wake Up.” This was Presti’s album, responsible for an innovative brand of music that experiment and blended hardcore music with emotional and melodic driven riffs. The band went on to record one final album, “La Balas De Plata,” in 2005, and disbanded shortly after.
Presti found himself at a standstill. Derge was all he ever knew. He then went back to his original roots and picked up an acoustic guitar. Songs began to seep out of his soul, channeling everything he held back during his days with Derge. His style was still raw, but was the beginning of a new direction that he saw very promising. Using his vocal chords to his full potential, Presti started singing songs about his true emotions.
After cutting two more solo albums, a couple west coast tours, and another album under the name “Tigris,” Presti formed a band and perfected songs that epitomized the sound he desired. He hooked up with trained musicians from his college and went on to record his last and most achieved effort, “God’s Ugly Teeth.” Presti engineered, produced, and played multiple instruments on this honest, emotionally charged album. After college, the band yet again disbanded and found himself lost and uninspired.
He then packed a backpack and traveled around Europe by himself for three months and came back with a rejuvenating sense of self. Presti is now more confidence than ever before. His lyrics are proud as he belts each and every note with a clear and raspy tonality. His voice is unique, his songs are beautifully dark, and his passion reigns through with every strum of the guitar and every breath through the microphone.