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Angelsound has a combined wealth of experience and all members have performed in other original bands at a high level. Angelsound was formed a year ago by Angel and Johnny, after meeting and playing in a rock band. With that band they had success in the Battle of the Bands, winning two heats and getting to regional semi finals stage, only to come second.

Angel and Johnny were also selected as one of the five bands to perform on the main stage in Aotea Square, at the First Night 2000 Millenium gig, where they got to perform to 24,000 people! Gareth moved up to Auckland from Thames to be in Angelsound, he was in an original band down there that got to perform on TV1 Good Morning, and got played on the Rock because one of the bands girlfriends told them that if they played the song she would perform a dance at the same time. His band also supported international acts.

Angelsound have just gained a new bass player who is Chinese. Handy has had a lot of experience in China and the band he was in over there supported big bands and were played on TV and Radio.

Angel is a classically trained vocalist and has worked for the past five years as a session vocalist for both Radio and TV and also spent 15 years as a professional dancer. Angel has also got a lot of acting experience and has acted in TV commercials, TV programmes and also recently on several American movies.

She has sung in a couple of covers bands and the original band where she met Johnny. Johnny has been playing the drums since he was about 12 and has performed in many covers and original bands. In his original band that he started he was the lead singer and has even performed as a guitarist.

Johnny has also worked as a session drummer. Angel and Johnny started Angelsound so they could be involved in the songwriting process and choose musicians who were like minded and performing at the same level as they are. All AS members share the songwriting responsibilities, with Angel penning the lyrics and writing the melodies.

Angelsound can be described as a unison of soft and heavy. The guitars are quite riff orriented, with a big syncopated drum sound which combined with Angels vocals, who sings "properly" over the music, sounds huge and dramatic. Angel has a powerful dynamic voice and has a huge singing range. AS's sound has been described by people as sounding like POD or Tool, with a female vocal.

AS were aproached at one of their practices by the owner of Intergalactic Records/Area 51/World Battle of the Bands, Andrew Featherstone. He was about to embark on a world tour of record labels and to attend the music forum MIDEM, he told them they had 4 days to record a single because he wanted to include AS in his catalogue of bands to sell. They recorded 'Right Now' at Area 51 which was engineered by Mark Pavelotich and produced by Malcolm Foster.

AS have had interest from overseas and need to follow up on this. Their song 'Right Now' was played on the Axe Attack on the Rock as "demo of the week" and also on Bfm. AS held a launch party at Kings Arms Tavern in January 2004 which was a highly successful evening with a huge crowd.

Angel was contacted by the Welsh Producer Greg Haver. Angel met him at last years RESONATE and gave him a copy of the demo that had been recorded in her home studio. He had to choose three NZ On Air bands to record, but he really wanted to record AS so he only chose 2 NZ on Air bands.

They recorded their single 'Friend or Foe' at York Street Recording Studios in April 2004, which was engineered by Clint Murphy and produced by Greg Haver. All the members of Angelsound have a lot of experience and have all performed in hundreds of gigs, done the hard yards while fighting for their dreams - they are all very serious about the band and have a "plan of attack".

Angelsound want to go global, there for they are concentrating on gaining an international recording contract rather than a NZ contract. In order to do this they realise they have to have chart sucess in their own country and that is exactly what they are pursuing!

Band Members:
Angel (vocals)
Johnny (drums)
Gareth (guitar)
Joe (guitar)
Kelly (bass)

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