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HOPE & FEAR

2018 - Present

The Absentee Project’s newest chapter, Hope & Fear, reunites former Godlow rhythm section to revisit an eerie yet uplifting reflection of the current changing climate of American life.

 

Hope & Fear creates instant intrigue with intense rhythmic patterns intertwined with eerily uplifting melodies and thought provoking reflections on life in the 21st Century.

 

Members:
Jay Kay: Vocals, Music, Programming

Geoff Freeland: Drums

 

Releases:

the Absentee Project Presents: Hope & Fear (2019)

THE ABSENTEE PROJECT

2005 - 2018

What began as a studio project in the wake of losing many close friends & family members, the Absentee Project has now grown into a place for friends to build new bonds through music.  Jay Kay brings his unorthodox, untamed, and over-the-top playing style as the Absentee Project’s mainstay producer & songwriter.


This indie-alt-rock project has mutated with every change to the lineup & guests bring elements of their own work into the fold.  You can find traces of punk, pop, indie, rock, metal, mood, hip-hop, singer song writer and EDM throughout the catalog being cultivated to span a lifetime


Members:

Jay Kay: Vocals, Music, Programming, Drums

Joe Rivera: Drums, Backing Vocals (2005, 2009 - 2011)

Shawn Schrenk: Bass (2009)

Joe Benedict: Guitar, Bass (2011-2013)

Mike Paquette: Drums (2011-2013)

Scott Schifferli: Drums (recording only 2002)

Releases:

...Shall Remain Nameless (2008)

Up the River...Ahhh!!! (2012)

While you Were Away (2013)

the Absentee Project Presents: Hope & Fear (2018)

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GODLOW

2001 - 2002

Godlow's singular release, Mend the Drifter , is a journey through the struggles of faith, addiction, abuse, self harm, and the darkest side of our psyche.  Like the soundtrack and story of a horror film Mend the Drifter  is the intersection where David Bowe, Marilyn Manson, and Lane Staley meet.

The hopes of continuing the Godlow legacy were dashed upon the suicide of our brother, Jimmer, in the Summer of 2007.  All proceeds from Godlow: Mend the Drifter will benefit crisis services and mental health organizations.

If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide or self-harm please click here to connect with someone waiting to listen.

Members:

Geoff Freeland - Drums

Rob Hall - Lead Guitar, Vocals, Programming

J. Kulaszewski - Bass

James Wiepert II - Rhythm Guitar, Backing Vocals

Releases:

Mend the Drifter (2002)

LAW

1999 - 2001

Although their time together was short, LAW was a powerful Alternative/Nu Metal Band from Buffalo, NY.

From booking studio time without a band to their ultimate demise in 2001, this unapologetic foursome played over 100 shows, got airtime on Toronto's 97.7 WHTZ FM as well as Buffalo's 103.3 WEDG FM and was nominated Best New Band In Buffalo 1999/2000 Buffalo Music Awards.  LAW also landed opening slots for Overkill, SOiL, and the LUXX, while becoming the house band for several local rock venues while the guys were still in their teens!

Members
Joe Benedict - Guitar

Jason Kulsazewski - Bass

Jarrod Tucker - Vocals

Scott Schifferli - Percussion


Releases

Drag You Down (1999)

Above the Below (2000)

Evolution (Previously Unreleased)

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Buffalo, NY, USA
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