Using his late eighties style boom box Brian rigged up a mock PA system, duck taped a mic to the broomstick and began his journey to rock stardom. The year was 1996. Armed with three chords, a second hand acoustic guitar, over 20 original songs, and a mathematics degree, the die was cast. After a summer of hammering the same three chords and singing his songs to anyone who would listen Brandon entered the picture (and not a moment too soon). 'Hey man, My Dad has an old guitar, said Brandon. He said I could have it if I was interested in learning.' That guitar turned out to be a '71 Gibson Les Paul Custom. Despite Brian's insistence on playing Dylanesque folk and Brandon's need to pound out some Billy Corgan mayhem they found some common ground. Five years and 15 guitars later Brandon and Brian formed a band and crafted a style all their own. The road to success was anything but speedy. They were still years away from anything that could be considered 'musical' and despite a lack of enthusiasm and encouragement from many around them they pushed forward. The band went through three lead singers (including Brian) before Brian could sway Brandon to take the lead with his strong melodic vocal abilities. After many 4 track demos, 5 nights a week practicing, Brandon and Brian managed a meager one show per year. They always knew where they wanted to be but realized much practice was needed before they could show themselves to the world. Enter JP in the Fall of 1998. After auditioning many drummers, Brian and Brandon stumbled upon JP in the bowels of their alma mater Wake Forest University. JP was a tough one to figure out for Brian and Brandon. Coming from the Virginia Beach metal band, 'Paralax,' JP offered up a shockwave to the 'lighter fare' Brian and Brandon were used to. JP, upon the other hand was searching for more variety in the music he had been playing. Well, the melting pot of Brian, Brandon and JP was an interesting mix of influences now covering everything from Dylan to Metallica. JP immediately took quick action to chop, arrange and change the shit out of everything Brian and Brandon had been working on for the last two years. JP definitely provided the catalyst to push Brian and Brandon in the direction they had always envisioned but could never get there on their own. The trio joined and they played their first show a week later. The next two years would be a great period of learning, writing and discovery for the band. Most importantly the band yearned to find something more within themselves-something more within the music. A focus, an emotion a message needed to be found. Their love of the music and stubbornness to create great original music would lead them there. The bass duties had been on an off for the first three years. Two bass players down, the band was unable to find someone to mesh with Brian, Brandon and JP's vision and creativity. So the band went back to the auditioning board. Many auditions passed and the band was ready to settle on their next bass player. A last minute call by Chris Paumi came over the lines: 'Hey you guys still looking for a bass player'? 'Well hold on a minute,' said Brandon...'Brian, another guy wants to audition. Should I just tell him that we've have already made our choice?' Knowing that the band wasn't exactly ecstatic about their current choice, they decided to hold one last tryout. Good thing they did. Chris had ideas, vision and energy. He shared the common love to create music and heed the soul. Chris came way of CT via the band Sanction to his final destination of study at Wake Forest University. Chris' brand of style offered yet another eclectic mix to the already diverse band. Dialing up influences from Rush and Led Zeppelin, he conjured up sources missed by the rest of the band. Chris' brooding, minor feeling and introspective playing has grown to support the backbone of the bands allure. That coupled with a now fulfilled need of JP to find a rhythmic partner has made the band focused and unstoppable. The band has finally found the focus and emotion they have been searching for inside themselves. Some have called them rock, metal, heavy alternative, punk, progressive, etc. Critics have said-'What the hell are they? They need to make up their mind.' Well they do make up their minds-and then they change it over and over again in the course of their many 6 plus minutes of musical movements. Instead of any one category, the band prefers to be known simply as artists who will take you beyond your imagination. This is Lam Candy. They are on the run, a race to discover-can you taste it? In many ways, it seems like a long road to this place. In reality, Brian, Brandon, JP and Chris all realize this is just the beginning. Finally, they have reached the beginning.
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