According to Groovey of Hollywood Music, former FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH bassist Matt Snell has joined forces with guitarists Zach Broderick (NONPOINT, ATTIKA 7) and Darrell Roberts (FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, W.A.S.P.), and drummer Jeff Fabb (IN THIS MOMENT, JAMES DURBIN) in a brand new band called MY ACUMEN. The group is currently seeking a “world-class singer” and is accepting submissions from interested parties at email@example.com.
Regarding how MY ACUMEN came together, Snell said, “I basically took a year off after DEATH PUNCH and just kicked it and took a break. Then, I wanted to start another project so I contacted Zach Broderick from NONPOINT. He’s an old friend of mine and he’s a Chicago boy like me, and it turned out that when I was ready to start working on new music, he was available, so he came out and we started writing. We were writing like crazy and we wrote like 20 songs all together. I have a studio in the house; I used to be an engineer instructor, so I did all that work in house. Then we wanted to get some more people in on the project, so we got Darrell Roberts, the original guitarist for DEATH PUNCH, coming in to play some stuff on it and Jeff Fabb, the drummer from IN THIS MOMENT.”
Asked to describe the vibe and the sound of the new band, Snell said, “It’s the end result of all the bands we’ve all been in. There’s a lot of DEATH PUNCH in there, there’s a lot of the other bands I was in before, there’s NONPOINT influences in there, stuff from Darrell and W.A.S.P., and Jeff‘s drumming and there’s also everything that we’re into. So there’s a SOULFLY vibe on the heavier end to DISTURBED and plus all the bands we’ve been in so it’s heavy but by no means a death metal album. It’s real good, it’s rockin’ and we really like it and we’re really proud of it.”
On the topic of what MY ACUMEN is looking for in a singer, Snell said, “We have discussed several times, wouldn’t it be amazing to find some fresh new talent that you’re not going to discover unless you find a way to get in contact with them? There’s so many talented people out there, but how are you going to meet them? We talked a long time ago about what we are looking for and all we’re really concerned with is someone who can sing their ass off. We don’t care if you’re tall, short, fat, skinny, black, white I don’t care. There’s no list I would put up that are requirements that you have to meet to be in my band. It’s not like that. We want someone who wants to be in the project and will be very positive about it. Everyone is in a very good place in their life right now and everyone is happy and it’s a good environment to be in. . . We’re looking for the person who is hungry and they want to do it. That’s what we are looking for. This isn’t a side project for us this is the band we are putting together. We’re very open so show us how you sing. We’re not looking for a screamer. I can handle all the screaming. Can you sing like Chris Cornell or SHINEDOWN or that type of thing?”
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