A long time ago, I was in a band called Malison in Tampa, Florida. If you looked into it, you'd find the remains of dozens of bands with the same name. It's ironic that the definition of Malison is "a curse".
 

Together, in Malison, we wrote some of the coolest and most creative music that I'd ever heard.. We made one EP, we had a lot of the local crowd excited, and then, long story short, things slowly fell apart.
 

Life happens, and it pulls each and every person in all kinds of unpredictable directions, but we aligned long enough to create what is, in my opinion, some really amazing music that had a sound like no other.
 

The sound of the instruments and their parts alone were progressive, dark, heavy and powerful. At other times they were soft and creepy.
 

But again, in the end, it didn't really pan out, and we went our separate ways.
 

However, me and the drummer, Josh Gowing, got together and wrote and recorded quite a bit of music without using conventional song writing formulas. An example would be when I asked him to be creative and record drums to nothing but a metronome, and his very unconventional drum parts inspired some very unconventional guitar parts on my end when I started writing to his recordings.
 

Dean Dragonas, our old bass player, Helped by adding bass guitar to a few of those tracks.
 

Between those 10-12 tracks that I recorded with Josh, and dozens of tracks I wrote and recorded on my own, I had something to work with.
 

I always tried to be creative in my personal songs as well. I'm still sitting on extra tracks in which I've tried various things. Like incorporating the Fibonacci sequence into the music, or recording at 432Hz tuning instead of the standard 440Hz tuning, or breaking down the various instrument parts fractionally and making minor mathematical adjustments to the notes/rhythms.
 

In 2016, I managed to focus my mind enough to put together an album. Ideas for song names, album name, album art, and everything else, kept smacking me in the face. 
 

Imagine something smacking you really hard in the left side of your head, and then, a fraction of a second later, as your head is still flying to the side, something else smacks you in the RIGHT side of your head, just as hard.

That's how it was with the ideas.
 

After the release, I found myself not really knowing how to promote or what to do next, and the project ultimately fell off the face of the earth... but I never stopped writing music.
 

I committed to moving it forward in mid 2020, and another album is now set to come out in 2021

As it comes out, I'll be gathering the songs from our old band, Malison.
 

The band mates were gracious enough to let me release it, so that we could make it available to the people who came to all the shows, and so that it can be shared with the world as we keep making music.

All three band mates from Malison participated in creating various songs for Enough Places to Hide, and I know at least two of them are very interested in collaborating in the future as well, so there should be an abundance of music on the way very soon.

 

I can only hope it finds it's way to people who resonate with it.
 

SONG CONTRIBUTIONS:
 

BRAINWASHED BY THE SHADOWS ON THE WALL
Drums/Part of Lyrics - Joshua Gowing
Bass Guitar - Konstantinos (Dean) Dragonas

 

ROBBED OF YOUR PURPOSE
Drums/Part of Lyrics - Joshua Gowing
Bass Guitar - Konstantinos (Dean) Dragonas

 

STORM THE THRONES OF EVERY KINGDOM- 
Drums/Part of Lyrics - Joshua Gowing
Bass Guitar - Konstantinos (Dean) Dragonas

 

DOWN ALL OUR VESSELS-
Main Keyboards/Main Drums: John Reece (johnny_threewolves)

FOR SOLITUDE
Drums/Part of Lyrics - Joshua Gowing
Bass Guitar - Konstantinos (Dean) Dragonas

LOST IN FOREVER
Drums - Joshua Gowing

 

CONTRIBUTORS/BIO:
 

JOHN REECE
When I first met John, we were both in the same high school band class. He played saxophone and I played French horn. At the time, I was dipping my toe into the whole guitar playing thing.

 

One day after school, I was in the band room with only one or two other people, and John was in there playing his electric guitar. It wasn't even plugged in, but watching his hands move, and hearing the sounds that he was making with an unplugged electric guitar, made me fully jump into playing guitar.
 

From that day forward, I spent hours playing guitar after school ever day for a month. and my skills improved very quickly. I must have learned a how to play five Blink 182 Albums and a half a dozen Albums by other bands within just a few weeks.
 

Pretty soon I found myself sitting across from John as he taught me the second guitar parts to the songs that he and Josh Gowing, his drummer, had written together. John told me that their current guitar player at the time didn't seem very committed.
 

As John was showing me the parts, I knew that he had something special going on. His guitar parts were attention grabbing and different. Like nothing I'd heard before.
 

Some musicians are 95% their influences, and only 5% their own creativity. With John it was more like, he was 25% his influences, and 75% his own creativity.
 

There was something dark, unique and calculating behind the guitar parts as he wrote them.

I came to one of their band practices, and I remember both John and Josh being surprised that I already knew the songs better than the other guitar player. 
 

From point on, we started getting together and writing music.
 

JOSH GOWING
Josh was also in the High School band. He played snare drum and various other percussive instruments. Outside of school, he started playing drums at a very young age, something like 4 or 5 years old.

 

Back in the day, people would debate who the best drummer was. I know Josh might find this silly, but in our later years as a band, when I went to practice, I was certain in my own head that I was standing across from one of the best drummers alive. Just a top tier musician.
 

It wasn't conventional, how he wrote and played music. His drum parts and breakdowns were always original, he was insanely fast and precise, and he could sing or scream while playing some of his most difficult parts, without skipping a beat.
 

If I heard a drum part from one of our songs, without guitars, bass or vocals, I'd know which song it was. There would be no thinking about it. There would be no confusing it with a drum part from another song by another band. Everything he did was distinct, original and thought out.
 

If he heard me or John play a new part, he would look down and nod his head for a while, like he was mentally writing the drums, and then he'd join in with something the most fitting and original part possible to what we were playing.
 

All of us somehow happened to come together and make great music for a short while.
 

(Josh was in two other bands for a while. One called Vie. and the other called We Are Defiance.)
 

KONSTANTINOS (DEAN) DRAGONAS
Dean was 3-4 years younger than the rest of us, and he played bass. We liked him so much that we poached him from another band.

 

I'm just kidding though. It didn't exactly go down like that, but he seemed like a perfect fit for us.
 

He beefed up our songs, and got more and more creative with his writing along the way. He was just a great guy, who was always dabbling in playing various instruments and was always eager and excited to make music.
 

He's one of my best friends to this day.
 

(Dean also played with Josh in We Are Defiance.)
 

DINO
I'm the guy who kept pushing forward and writing/recording music no matter what. 

 

At some point, I remember thinking, I should have a project that I could move forward on my own, at my own speed, because I've always been deeply involved with music, and because, if I went that route, the one and only person who could let me down is me. It would leave no room for excuses.
 

Ultimately, John, Josh and Dean all ended up contributing to Enough Places To Hide, and they plan on contributing more in the near future.

Hope to release more music very soon!

 

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