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||Different Strings Album: ...it's only the beginning
||Valletta, -, Malta
|Style of music:
||Different Strings is a neo-prog rock band that has it's own sound but inspired by dozens of prog bands like Rush, Dream Theater, Pink Floyd, Yes, Genesis etc. ...it's only the beginning is the debut album worth it for those who love this music genre
My very first band experience was in March 1996, with a non-existent band called “Turmoil”, which was practically futile in every sense. I was at my beginning but the lack of quality and interest shown by the other band members encouraged me to leave the band. It was in September 1997 (I know I waited too long!) that I quit.
Things didn’t go that bad because a month later I met a friend of mine, Ray Zammit, to join his band, Achiral, as a keyboard session musician for their debut demo cassette called “Dark Waters”. Achiral wanted more atmospheric sounds than virtuosity so I think I did a good job. On December 15th of the same year I recorded for the first time at the Padded cell studios in Zebbug under the supervision of Robert Longo. I played keyboards on four tracks and acoustic guitar in the outro of one of them. It was an interesting experience, which I’ll repeat if I have the chance.
The dawn of 1998 saw me joining another band with the name of “Velvet” and this one on a more serious basis. Things were quite getting shape but we always had a problem with bass and keyboard players. In the period of time I spent with “Velvet” I wrote a lot of songs. One of them is the debut single of Different Strings “Dead man walking”. A couple of live performances followed in 2000 with good results but internally there were some misunderstandings that led me to quit the band.
From that day I started with the idea of going solo I didn’t want to present my self as Chris Mallia, but I wanted a band’s name. I had the idea of a positive change so a Rush song, “different Strings” and its lyrics inspired me to choose that name. Also, it meant to me that since I have to play all my stringed instruments for my recordings, I thought the name would fit perfectly. Between those four years, I had some live performances with a band called “Shaman” in a pub in Valletta, but it was just for fun and a couple of bucks.
Basically with more prog-rock minded songs, still I didn’t want to forget the good songs I wrote earlier. If it is very difficult for a band to start, one can imagine how much worse can be for a solo, especially financially. Up till 2004 I wrote material to fill in 4 albums but couldn’t record them basically for two reasons: finance and vocals. I can sing but I’m not a good singer.
When I finally settled in 2004, luckily I managed to have the acquaintance of Alan Mayo, which I personally think is one of the best vocalists around. He accepted my invitation as a session vocalist for my work so things started to have shape.
In October 2004 we recorded “Dead man walking”, which was released on 1st November of the same year and you can find it in the discography section. 2005 – 06 I recorded the remaining tracks for the debut album which will be called “...it’s only the beginning”. Hopefully it will be released in early December. I hope you’ll like the songs and stay tuned for future releases.
Chris Mallia (November 2006)
||“…it’s only the beginning” (album) released 18th February 2007
“Dead man walking” (single) released 1st November 2004
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