Here is our next UG Featured band: UK-based Callous - a powerful mix of metal, grunge and acoustic riffs!
Hi, we are Callous, a new style rock band from Nottingham, England. The band was formed in summer 2002 when Matt (vocals and guitar) and Simon (guitar) began working on acoustic versions of famous rock songs to play the Nottingham circuit. They soon realised that they prefered the idea of having a full line up and as if by magic a drummer appeared. Matt had been working with Drew for about three days when the subject of bands came up. Drew had been actively gigging with bands in the Notts area since the mid 90s and was currently looking for another project that suited him. He was invited to hear Matt and Si in Simon's garage that friday and upon hearing them made an instant decision to join. Lee, a long-standing friend completed the line-up on bass very soon afterwards and his was the choice of name that struck the right chord.
Gaining a regular slot at magnet Rehearsal Studios, Callous quickly began writing material and, in May 2003 played their first gig to a packed room in their home town. They continued writing and developing a very different style that appealed to a large cross-section of people from all many genres of music and in July 2003 entered the recording studio to produce their "In Progress" EP.
Callous hit upon a piece of luck when the journalist who discovered Papa Roach heard the recording and was blown away by it saying that the American market would go for their sound in a big way. She also could not actually fit their style into any particular category.
Callous' music is being hailed by musicians and music fans alike. Their 7th gig on 27th October in a Nottingham club saw them play to over 200 people, most of whom became solid fans immediately.
Their music mixes powerful metal riffs with almost acoustic sections in a dynamic unlike any bands currently known, and with Matt's very melodic vocals and Drew's backing harmonies on many songs, the sound is crafted to perfection.
With vague rumours of tv appearances and some open air events possibly in the pipeline plus a daily growing fanbase, Callous are set to take on the world and follow bands like the Darkness in showing that the UK still has a wealth of rock talent to pour onto the world stage.
These come from two of the most recent gigs we've played in Nottingham and Leicester
01. Callous in full swing (pic) 02. Lee leading the sound in Decay (pic) 03. Matt and Lee engrossed in Just Me (pic) 04. Drew giving Devil eyes following a sound problem (pic) 05. Simon riffing like a madman (pic)
Since Callous posted their website in April 2003 they have had well over 3500 hits from all over the world from the USA to the old "Eastern Block", Denmark to Australia. This traffic increased markedly when they posted mp3s of their EP onto the site and introduced streaming audio.
Callous' site can be viewed at Nu-Grunge.Com and the following links are the streaming audio files form their EP.