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15 Minutes

Bio

15 Minutes rose from the ashes of high-school band – Sanguine. Formed in 1997, Sanguine featured Antony (Tony) O'Sullivan on lead vocals and Charles (Charlie) Fahy on lead guitar.

When the band split the following year, Antony, together with drummer James (Jimi) Gatland, assembled as new band under the name IFH, and entered into the North Shore Rockquest in 1998.

With very little time to prepare before the show, and a lack of previous experience in live performance, IFH failed to place and consequently the artists parted ways soon after.

In January 2004, Tony, Charlie and Jimi re-united as a three-piece set, originally recording songs on a small Aiwa cassette recorder, suspended from a step-ladder in the spare room of James' parents house.

The name ladder recordings was discussed as a possible name for their first record. Over the following few months, the band spent a lot of their spare time practicing in the basement of Charlie's parent's house, which was later converted into an amateur home-recording studio.

15 Minutes cut their teeth playing live shows at local parties and backyard barbeques, although hope to step into the world of professional performing with their breakout gig at Matakana House in March 2005.

With roots primarily in rock, reggae and punk music, 15 Minutes fused the ska/punk influences of Californian bands such as Sublime and Rancid, the early nineties rock/grunge influences of the Seattle grunge movement and the lively sounds of early Kiwi rock to create their own unique style. The band creates an interesting mix of sometimes heavy rock riffs with simple, melodic reggae chord progressions.

Band Members:
Antony O'Sullivan (vocals)
Charles Fahy (guitar)
James Gatland (drums)

Genres

Location

  • Auckland


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ChuckStarr Deluxe

Joined: 15/09/06
Posts: 1
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End of an Era
Posted: Fri Sep 15, 2006 7:04 pm
At approximately 10:57am today a small Cessna aircraft went down in rough seas over the Cook Strait. Unconfirmed reports claim that all three members of the NZ band 15 Minutes of Madness were on board, along with all their guitars and amps.
15minutes were on the first leg of their global reunion tour, 18 months after they dissolved in a frenzy of drug abuse, violence and musical differences.
While the band's career was shortlived, they managed to capture the imagination of a generation, with songs about issues as diverse as drug rape, surfing, friends' fat girlfriends, and just plain old teen angst.
they rose to stardom on the heels of their surprise hits Jenny and Your Girlfriends Fat.
After the shambles that was their final gig in Matakana, March 2005, the band called it quits, to pursue solo projects, which all failed.
After stints inn rehab for two members, and a religious awakening for another, they decided to reform - this time for the music.

their legacy will surely live on.

 

dokes81

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The Charlie Fahy Appreciation Thread
Posted: Fri Sep 15, 2006 6:24 pm
Appreciation for a talented musician and funny guy.

Has anyone heard him play anything seriously jazz? I heard he was interested in fusing the concept of Marxism and Jazz into a new genre called Fahzism....what a genius. Apparently he has a Marx tattoo on his arm frmo when he studied politics at Uni.
 

frenzal_dogs

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I Wish 15 minutes would get bak together
Posted: Sun Jan 22, 2006 5:50 am
I LUV 15 MINUTES.
Esspecially the lead guitarist Charlie.
If any one else agrees PLEASE POST, Im diing to meet other 15 minutes fans. Wateva happened to charlie ne wayz
 

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