All are forms of alleged conspiracies. Stories that many wish to discard as irrelevant tales of the misinformed, cynical masses. However what history has shown us is that at the very core of many of these so-called conspiracies is a truth so profound it can alter our perception of our world and even ourselves.
Every day we are surrounded and bombarded by images and sounds that we perceive without question or hesitation as reality. Yet when researched and inspected more closely they fade or morph into something we never thought or believed to be possible. These are the things conspiracies are made of. Stories propagated and prolonged day after day, year after year, generation after generation until they are so ingrained into our consciousness and being that we cannot imagine a world any different than what we live today.
Did humans evolve from a microscopic speck in some primordial ooze or were we planted here by some space traveling Johnny Appleseeds in a grand scientific experiment to populate the galaxy? Or maybe the tales of military conquest and mythical heroes performing remarkable feats that were alleged to alter the world order? And the Biblical stories of miraculous events and cosmic experiences that changed the course of history and even today continues to influence our lives and global socio-political decisions. All of these events and individuals speak to each of us in their own special way about whom and what we are as a species, a culture and as individuals.
So where does The McLain Conspiracy enter into all this? Well, that's the real question here isn't it? Like all conspiracies it starts in the mind and evolves from there. The McLain Conspiracy is no different but it is a story created in music and sound. Music heard within one’s mind and then performed for others to hear, consider and enjoy. And the only true method of discovering this music is by personal exposure and interaction. Only by conducting your own empirical observations can the truth of the music be truly discovered. It is from these observations by which you derive your own theory and conclusions. So take the first step. Explore the possibility of seeing and hearing the world around you from a new perspective. Join us and test The McLain Conspiracy for yourself. Only then can you reach your own conclusion.
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COLIN McLAIN: Guitars, Keyboards and Vocals
Colin began his musical journey at the early age of 10 in his home state of New Jersey. He started with the piano but soon realized there must be something "COOLER" so he switched to Bass Guitar with a violin-style--"Beatle bass". Of course, after just a few bass lessons it was time to enter the "Garage Band Era" enlisting some of his neighborhood buddies. "Sunshine Of Your Love" by Cream was their first musical attempt. Let the "TRIP" begin!
On Bass Guitar, Colin played with several bands throughout high school performing at a variety of private parties, high school dances, college fraternity parties and clubs throughout South Jersey and the Shore area. Besides rock Colin also had the opportunity to participate in a few bands that incorporated horn sections bringing on a entirely new sound to his world.
He transitioned to guitar and eventually returned to piano where his journey started. Ah, the mysterious intrigue of the musical circle of life! Throughout high school he participated in the Concert and Stage Band Programs along with theater and musical performances both acting and providing set design and technical production. Later he participated in a wide variety of music and entertainment projects exploring Rock, Jazz, Country and Gospel styles. Since 2000 he has worked steady with local Classic Rock bands and Rock & Blues Trio's demonstrating his talent as a distinctive musical artist. Colin has also contributed on some artist's recording sessions such as Lima Sugar which led to their debut at the first Buzzfest concert in The Woodlands.
Like many local musicians Colin has his daytime gig, but when the stage lights go up that's when the real fun begins.
MIKE SANTORO Bass Guitar and Vocals Mike is originally from the New York City area and has been playing bass since he was in his teens. His first experiences were playing jazz standards with his father and Top 40 covers with his High School Rock band. He continued to play with local bands while attending college.
After graduating college, he returned to play more seriously with his former band mates from High School and they toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as releasing a CD under their own label. Following that, he began to work as a sideman and continued to work with steady band lineups as well as backing a number of songwriters on the road and in the studio.
He recently moved his base of operations to the South Jersey / Philly area and joined forces with Colin and Bryan soon after.
BRYAN "Coop" COOPER: Drums and Vocals Originally from New York City, where Bryan studied drums and percussion under session drummer Dan Kish and musical director Larry Christiansen, he played in a few local garage bands and a local drum corps and concert band. At age 16, Coop landed in South Jersey, and completed his last two years of high school playing drums, bass guitar, guitar and trumpet, spanning the marching, concert, jazz, contemporary and brass bands, at the encouragement of his band director, Don Newell.
While raising his children, he volunteered for 20 years at the local school's theater program filling in orchestra parts as needed, building sets, and learning stage lighting and audio. In 2006, he "turned pro" taking over as the drummer in a local classic rock "horn band", playing rhythm guitar for a few months before the then-current drummer relocated to Arizona.
In 2010, he set out on his own, freelancing around Philadelphia and South Jersey, becoming an early South Street adopter of the cajon, and performing throughout the area on both drums and cajon with rock, blues, rockabilly, folk, prog, and jazz performers, whom he met at the many open mic events he frequented. It was at one of these open mic events where Bryan and Colin crossed paths. Conspiracy theories indeed.
ANTHONY DiMAURO: Guitar and Vocals
It all started at the age of 8 after receiving an acoustic guitar for Christmas. Pretending to play it for 6 years and then watching people play sparked a real interest in music. After learning to play by ear it was time to dabble in garage bands, party’s and just having fun jamming. Anthony joined the Navy out of high school and played in one of the ship’s bands while deployed on an air craft carrier. He extended his playing after returning to the naval air station Oceana VA in Virginia Beach performing with his shipmates. Once his tour of duty was fulfilled he returned home and furthered his playing by attending open jams. After hearing of a band forming at St. Agnes church for Sunday evening mass in Blackwood, NJ he felt the need to join. He played there for 17 years while still jamming with friends and playing in the Bobby Martin Jam band for a couple years. Now playing with “The McLain Conspiracy” Anthony is looking forward to further enjoy music with guys that show the same passion for music as himself.
All Along The Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix
All Over Now - Rolling Stones
And I Love Her - Beatles
Before You Accuse Me - Eric Clapton
Best of My Love - Eagles
Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins
Born To Be Wild - Steppenwolf
Bring It On Home To Me - Sam Cooke/Animals
Can't Get Enough - Bad Company
Can't You See - Marshall Tucker
China Grove - Doobie Brothers
Cinnamon Girl - Neil Young
Come Together - Beatles
Crossroads - Cream
Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding
Don't Let Me Down - Beatles
Evil Ways - Santana
Fire - Jimi Hendrix
For What It's Worth - Buffalo Springfield
Further On Up the Road - Eric Clapton
Gimme All Your Lovin - ZZ Top
Gimme Some Lovin' - Spencer Davis Group
Gravity - John Mayer
Hey Joe - Jimi Hendrix
Hoochie Coochie Man - Muddy Waters
I Saw Her Standing There - Beatles
Instant Karma - John Lennon
Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry
Jump Back Baby - Colin McLain
Keep Your Hands To Yourself - Georgia Satellites
Knock On Wood - Wilson Pickett
Knockin' On Heaven's Door - Bob Dylan
Lady - Colin McLain
Let The Good Times Roll - B. B. King
Little Wing - Jimi Hendrix
Mary Jane's Last Dance - Tom Petty
Masquerade - Leon Russell/Geo. Benson
Midnight Hour - Wilson Pickett
Mojo Working - Muddy Waters
Moondance - Van Morrison
Oh Carol - Chuck Berry
Red House - Jimi Hendrix
Rock Me Baby - B.B. King/Jeff Beck
Rocking In The Free World - Neil Young
Secret Agent Man - Johnny Rivers
Strange Brew - Cream
Summertime Blues - The Who
Sweet Home Chicago - Robert Johnson
Talk Is Cheap - Colin McLain
The Wind Cries Mary - Jimi Hendrix
Time - Pink Floyd
Too Rolling Stone - Robin Trower
Unchain My Heart - Ray Charles/Joe Cocker
Wicked Game - Chris Issak
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The McLain Conspiracy is joined by Al "Big Daddy" Lamberson on the Harp at The Greenwood Inn Open Mic for trip to the Crossroads. Thanks Big Daddy for the ride!