Coventry & Warwickshire

Symphony State's hopes and plans for digital album

Symphony State
Image caption Symphony State hope to eventually play in London

Symphony State is a mix of musicians from various Coventry bands and is the BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Band of the Month for June.

They initially formed in August 2010 as a studio-based six-piece band, featuring members of other bands, some of which had disbanded.

They included Echo Empire, The Hearing, Fiori and Haunted By Humans.

Symphony State is one of the bands hoping to play at the Godiva Festival and have made it to the final heat.

The first line-up featured Neil Lole on vocals (Broken Dolls/Echo Empire), Mark Rigby (Rig) on synths (Echo Empire/The Crooks/Shockparade), Rich Gardner on guitar (The Hearing) and Matt Fisher on backing vocals/guitar (Haunted By Humans/What About Cube/Shockparade/Trillionaires).

It also included Paul Watson on bass guitar (Fiori) and Joe Garland on drums (Echo Empire).

Digital debut album

Mark Rigby said: "Neil left to work as a singer in the Canary Islands in August 2011 and after some initial auditions Matt stepped up to take on the main vocal duties, five weeks before our scheduled debut gig.

Their debut gig was at last year's Strawberry Fields Festival, which also included Kelis, The Rifles, Rizzle Kicks and Mystery Jets.

The band have only played a handful of live shows so far, but have been busy writing and recording in the studio.

Mr Rigby said: "Each of us have a recording set up at home, someone will come up with a rough song idea at home (usually Rich), and will send the stems over the internet to other band members to add their parts.

"Numerous emails and MP3s later, we have a finished song. The last stage always being the vocal takes, its great when you turn an instrumental piece of music into song and hear it back for the first time.

"At some point this year we will digitally release our debut album, we already have nine songs towards it so a couple more should see it finished."

Symphony State's music can be heard on BBC Introducing in Coventry and Warwickshire on Fridays between 20:00 and 21:00.

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