The Sign is a band that was formed in 2013 in Canterbury, Kent in the united Kingdom by drummer Sam Sherwood and guitar player Daniel O’Shea after a school show that presented Sam Sherwood (drummer) with the varsity of Daniel O’Shea’s playing style which has the potential to form a unique and great partnership. Later on, Luke Baldock (rhythm guitar) joined the two founding members (Daniel O’Shea and Sam Sherwood) to form a three piece band consisting of two guitars, drums and vocals without bass guitar. The trio went on to decide that they should begin to prepare for their first show which was in February this year and chose to cover the song called ‘Do I Wanna Know?’ by the Arctic Monkeys, due to its catchy rhythm and popularity in modern society, meaning an audience of any age would recognize it and be able to join in by clapping along to its simple drum beat and singing along with some of the highly memorable lyrics. In order to improve timing between the two guitars and vocals, Luke Baldock and Daniel O’Shea arranged extensive rehearsals acoustically before rehearsing through amplifiers at a much higher volume. During the same performance, current vocalist and rhythm guitarist Daniel O’Shea played an acoustic set of two of his own songs with Luke Baldock accompanying him. Prior to the show, the bands popularity began to rapidly increase. In the weeks after the show, the trio began to rehearse weekly and become more serious as a band and begin to present song ideas to each other and promote the band to a wider audience. Current vocalist and at the time rhythm guitar player decided he wanted to focus more on his guitar work, as playing the guitar was the main reason for him wanting to be in a band and create a career in the music industry, therefore resigning from lead vocals. As a result, the trio went into consideration as to who they should have for a lead vocalist, and primarily wanted a vocalist that had the personality of a front man and someone who had a strong and unique voice that fitted the style of the band and therefore hired Tobias Courteen-Coleman for lead vocals and later on bass as he is also a talented bass player.
When originally writing songs, the band starting in the genre of hard rock, influenced by bands such as Mötley Crüe, but later went on to discover that this genre was not necessarily right for them and did not fulfill their writing capabilities and therefore changed genre and went for a more alternative rock, punk and indie rock sound influenced by bands such as the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Foo Fighters and Arctic Monkeys, which showed to be one of the greatest decisions that the band made as this really brought out the talent of each musician, from Sam Sherwood’s near on perfect timing and rhythm making to both Luke Baldock and Daniel O’Shea’s guitar work, to Tobias Corteen-Coleman’s bass lines and vocal melodies that made the band sound both unique and enjoyable to listen to.
After arranging rehearsal’s that consisted of long periods of time and intense work on songs, each member of the band, realized that they had created a strong relationship as a band as well as a great collaboration of talented musicians. The band decided to once again use once again Do I Wanna Know? during shows, as well as Dani California by the Red Hot Chilli Peppers again to due its up beat and positive rhythm and its popularity amongst large proportions of society. They went on to record Dani California as an example recording in a short amount of time through a dynamic microphone due to lack of equipment present, to see what they sound like, which gained popularity amongst groups of people.
At the same time as working on covers, The Sign primarily focused on their own songs as they realized, this is what will increase their popularity during shows and began running through original songs during rehearsals, to later on present to audiences. Currently, The Sign are in the process of prepare songs for an album, as well as organizing shows. They are also gaining endorsement and promotional deals as a result of their playing.
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