Music is the by-product of a deeper purpose. Out of subconscious, experience, and the need to defend certain values, it is a bastion for the soul. - Unknown The music of Bastion does serve a deeper purpose. Lead singer and bassist Brad Wilkins states 'Our music reaches out to kids in high school, kids moving on to college, to kids in gangs and cults. It touches people who are searching, people who are pissed off - about life, about work, about not having enough money or enough sex. These are people who know about rejection. How do we communicate with them? We do it through our music.' Drummer Greg Slone adds, 'Our music can be dark, tortured and angry, but it can also be energetic, powerful and uplifting. As in life, we explore and exploit the reality of many different moods.' Bastion was formed in 2001 by Brad Wilkins and Greg Slone. The two had worked together in the mid 90's in the rock band Havoc 9, and made a strong connection as performers and songwriters. The addition, in 2002 of Slone's long-time friend, guitarist Don Gauck, completed the lineup. 'We're always on the same page whether we are talking about music, philosophy or business. There's a mutual respect between the three of us so compromise and sacrifice is never an issue.' says Gauck. The members of BASTION share a level of experience, training and camaraderie that is unique in the rock music industry today. The history these three share, their attention to detail and their degree of talent allows them to combine the best of various musical styles, but mostly the genres of hard rock and punk rock into the BASTION sound. Influences ranging from Led Zeppelin and The Cure to Soundgarden and Fugazi are all evident, but BASTION's unique, hard edged sound is purely a result of the talent and emotion Wilkins, Slone and Gauck bring to their songwriting and performance. Each member is focused on the premise of writing, recording and performing original and powerful rock songs with strong melodies and lots of attitude. This dedication culminated in the release of the band's debut CD 'The Honey Sacrifice' in May 2005. Critical acclaim for the album was followed with nominations from the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards for 'Album of the Year' and 'Best Rock Band of the Year'. The notoriety the album has received has spread BASTION's music across the country through the internet, radio, television and live performances. The band's growing popularity is due entirely to the member's success in achieving their ultimate goal - - to bring their sound to the many fans who find a part of themselves in the music that is BASTION.
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