Santa Barbara, California-based melodic death metal group BACKMASK has just released its debut album, "Dark Fiber". With their heavily Scandinavian-influenced sound, BACKMASK has secured a loyal following in their home state since their inception.
BACKMASK began in 2001 when vocalist/guitarist Shane McFee (son of longtime/current DOOBIE BROTHERS guitarist and famous studio multi-instrumentalist John McFee) recruited band members with a self-produced demo. Quickly developing a local following with their furious live onslaught, BACKMASK then secured global notoriety with a #1 charting song on MP3.com and GarageBand.com in 2002. After relentless regional touring in their home state of California, BACKMASK followed up in 2004 with a five-song EP produced by Kurt Howell, which earned the band strong reviews and major label interest.
A do-it-yourself band from the start, BACKMASK eschewed major label "stardom" for the road of complete creative control. With the addition of bassist Richard Chapleau (ex-THE DAY AFTER) in 2006, BACKMASK recorded and released the self-produced full-length album "Dark Fiber". In the midst of recording "Dark Fiber", Richard asked guitarist Oscar Barron (also ex-THE DAY AFTER) to join up with BACKMASK, making the twin-guitar antics of the album a reality live.
BACKMASK is currently seeking a permanent drummer. Interested parties should contact the band via their web site: www.backmask.com.