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  • Adrienne Liesching - lead vocals
  • Brett Palmer - Drums
  • Chris Poisat - Guitars
  • Marc Pautz - Guitars
  • Costa Balamatsias - Bass
  • Contact (2002, Forefront Records)
  • Untitled (2001, Forefront Records)

Revolutionary times bring about revolutionary ideas. For South Africa's top rock import, The Benjamin Gate, clicking the age counter in a nation facing historic changes - including the end of apartheid and the country's first democratic elections - stirred this female-fronted five-piece to the conviction that boundaries don't exist when it comes to life, hope, and imagination. Though not a political band, The Benjamin Gate makes the case for living a zealous life as they power out a musical style that emulates their own empowering message. Inspired to the hilt, The Benjamin Gate best manifests their compelling creative paradigm with their sophomore effort, Contact. Their full-length debut received rave reviews, earned four Dove Award nods, and scored a pair of #1 singles on the rock charts ("All Over Me" and "Lay It Down") and a #2 single ("How Long"), all culminating in solid first round sales. Yet as untitled highlighted several Euro-pop touches, Contact finds its focus upping the tempo and energy for a more dynamic and daring rock release. Vibrant vocals, masterful melodies, and hard-stacked hooks all come together to give Contact a passionate, guitar-driven clash of rocket-fueled pop and searing six-string distortion. Contact soars with a raw vitality that opts for an energized live feel over the confined sterility of the overtly primmed and polished. Peeling back the history pages, The Benjamin Gate first formed in 1998 following the tragic automobile death of a musician friend named Ben. The effect of the loss - which Adrienne describes as "shocking us into finding our own existence" - brought together The Benjamin Gate's five members with the charge to take life by the reigns, and for them, it meant fulfilling their dream of starting a band. Within a mere matter of months, the group had recorded a demo and enjoyed radio play in their home country. The Benjamin Gate then recorded an EP, and when they sent the recordings to the U.S. for mastering, fate found its moment. A studio engineer flipped over the music and sent a copy to ForeFront/EMI Records, who in turned signed the group to an international record deal. The group came to America upon the album's 2001 release, and they've been touring the states ever since, stopping only to record Contact with untitled producer Quinlan in Nashville.
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