A Brief History
In the beginning, Metal created the heavens and the earth.
Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the spirits of Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin were hovering over the waters. Metal said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. Metal saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. Metal called the light “day,” and the darkness was called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.
It was about this time that 3 chancers in Kent had an idea… Fusing wide and varied musical tastes and cultural influences, Deaf Row had an awkward birth in 2014 as a three-piece heavily rooted in Groove Metal with an instant approach to song writing. At this point DR were: Steve Moore (Guitar and Lead Vocals) Liam Gomez (Bass), and Neil Price (The Drums).
The release of the band’s first EP (The Proving Grounds) in 2015 signalled a naive yet powerful introduction to DR. This coupled with regular gigs really whipped the band into a force to be reckoned with…
Things were going well – a little too well. The guys decided to take a break in 2016 due to life commitments, but more significantly there was a dissatisfaction brewing with the overall direction of the group, and the musical output began to suffer. Something had to change…
Fast forward to Christmas 2017 – a collective yearning to play again brought the guys back together. With a new approach to the logistics of actually being a band and a desire to capture “lightning in a bottle”, Deaf Row reached out to a new frontman, writing partner and established performer. Deaf Row’s lineup now looked like this: Ozzy Thornton (Lead Vocals and Guitar), Steve Moore (Lead Guitar), Liam Gomez (Bass) and Neil Price (The Drums).
Gone were the throwaway riffs and carefree approach, replaced with crafted songs and thoughtful poetry. Embracing the band members’ diverse influences (pop punk, 70s Rock, 90s alt-rock, thrash metal, hardcore, 80s nostalgia… the list truly goes on and on) into a sound that has been dubbed ‘Adult Emo’, DR have achieved more in 2018 than their whole previous history combined.
Their latest effort, the “Buried Alive EP” – released 9th November 2018 – is just the beginning…
Born on the side of the road in Queensland, Australia, and having nearly drowned in a pit of cow shit at age 5 (True story), Ozzy’s strange origins and ongoing misfortunes afford him a unique outlook on life.
This humorously cynical philosophy allows him to write pensieve lyrics on a wide range of topics, from love and death, to parasitic codependency and arguments with the inner voice.
Couple his gritty and distinctive vocal style with some shit-hot guitar skills, and this pint-sized rock womble becomes a true force to be reckoned with.
Affectionately known as ‘Potato’ within the band, due to his striking resemblance to a King Edward, Steve comes from an impressive musical background, having brought his brute-force guitar skills to a wide range of bands around the South-East throughout the years.
A dedicated metalhead, exceptionally talented shredder, and riffmeister extraordinaire, Steve’s melodic guitar style and musical imagination is often the starting point of many of the band’s songs.
Feel free to call him a potato whenever you see him. – Just be nice and buy him a beer after, would ya?
Liam Fucking Gomez. Christ. Our very own tactical chunder personified was brought into this world in 1992 – widely regarded as a mistake.
This well-fed Jesus bears his crucifix in the form of bass, adding a thundering dynamic to already sonically-massive tracks, forming the backbone of Deaf Row’s ‘wall of sound’, and acting as the solid – yet lovably gelatinous – midpoint between the drums and guitar.
With the power of beards, and the powers vested in him given his official ordination as a Pastafarian minister (Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster), Gomez plays his vital role to perfection… Nearly always…
You’ll find this portly bastard at the bar, or, later on, getting some facetime with the U-bend.
…We didn’t think much of Neil when we laid eyes on him… Looked like a stiff breeze would blow him over… That was our first impression of the man… Then he put sticks in his hands, and began sounding off the war drums…
His beats are funny… At first you hate them… Then you get used to ’em… Enough time passes, gets so you depend on ’em. I guess it comes down a simple choice: Get busy drumming and drinking, or get busy dying.
Did we mention that he looks like Tim Robbins?
Neil’s rock CV is too impressive to even dare mention – Having contributed his sterling stick skillz to numerous prolific South-East bands throughout the years (including one or two signed ones!) – By day, he runs a studio. By night, he runs up a bar tab.