Our music is original hard rock that could be considered mainstream. Our influences consist of Evanescence, Tool, Led Zeppelin, Zakk Wylde, Corrosion of Conformity, Kiss, Drain S.T.H. and many, many more.
Four strangers fated to come together to create one harmonious unit in none other than Jasper, Indiana. Never heard of it? Don’t feel bad. There aren’t a lot of people who have. But soon you will be hearing about the band, Past Forever. In short, Nick Brames (guitar), Marlee Grabiel (piano/vocals), Chappy Sinclair (bass/occasional guitar) and Glen Horrigan (drums)found each other and together are forging new musical territory in the Southern Midwest. Not one of these four is a stranger to what it takes to be “in the band.”
Nick, originally from Jasper has previously been in three different bands, winning Battle of the Bands awards and playing in cities such as Louisville, Indianapolis and Evansville. He has been playing the guitar for thirteen years and draws inspiration from Zakk Wylde, Joe Satriani, Corrosion of Comformity, Tool and Kiss. He became friends with bassist Chappy Sinclair in their last band, “Biaxident.” Nick is very accustomed to playing heavier music; however, what makes him a unique guitarist is his ability to write melodic riffs along with his heavier style of playing.
Chappy Sinclair, originally from Tucson, Arizona, moved continuously through Mexico, Arizona, Peru, South America and California until finally coming to Indiana in 1987. He has previously been in six different bands and has been playing music for twenty-three years. He has several musical influences. Some of them are Rush, King Crimson, Yes, Jethro Tull, Spyro Gyra, Frank Marino, Zep, Genesis, Ozzy, Herbie mann, Chic Corea, the Mamas and the Papas, the Beatles, Cynic, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, Slayer and Testament. Although many of the bands Sinclair has been a part of have been heavier rock and metal, he is very diverse and versatile in his musical tastes and abilities. Furthermore, he is also a talented writer.
Glen Horrigan joined the band after auditioning with Past Forever when former drummer, Jay Sorrells left the band. He enthusiastically joined and promptly learned the band’s original material. He is an Australian native who moved to the U.S. five years ago. He came to the band after playing drums for a blues rock band out of Anderson, Indiana. He has a knack for addint his own unique off-beat rhythms and fills in each song. Marlee Grabiel joined the band after meeting former drummer, Jay at a show she was playing as a solo artist in Shoals, Indiana. She has previously been in three bands and has been writing songs since the age of fourteen. She started playing the piano and singing at age three and picked up the guitar at age thirteen. She won a piano competition for the state of Michigan when she was 12 years old and has made two solo albums before joining Past Forever. She was trained classically but plays a variety of blues, folk, jazz and rock. She has been influenced by Jewel, Sarah McLachlan, Alicia Keys, Madonna, Tori Amos, Alice in Chains, Linkin’ Park, Evanescence, Bon Jovi, Tracy Bonham, Tracy Chapman, B.B. King and countless others. She has her Music Industry Management degree as well and has interned for Korg, the Songwriters Guild of America – Nashville and EMI/CMG/Sparrow Records.
These four come from a wide variety of backgrounds and musical tastes, but that is what makes them unique and sets them apart from other bands. They’ve taken their styles and tastes and merged them to make a unique hard rock sound that incorporate melodic vocals. Their ability to work together, compromise and communicate with each other in addition to their passion and drive to play and write music is what will take them to the top.
P.O. Box 1092
Jasper, IN 47547
Check out http://www.pastforever.com