Camouflaged in Static
Kurgan's Bane Biography LISA FRANCIS-VOCALS Realizing she could sing by the age of 5, she started performing as an amateur. Influenced by Alice Cooper, KISS, and other '70s hard rock bands, she started playing rock clubs by the age of 15. After performing professionally for over 10 years, she became sidetracked from music and earned a B.A. in Communications. Lisa returned to music in the summer of 1999. She currently helps out Sonus Umbra with some vocal duties. PETE LARAMEE-GUITAR Pete's been playing guitar for over 20 years. He played in a jazz band while in college, where he earned a B.S. in Communications. Influenced early by Van Halen, the Dregs, and all of the '80s guitar players, Pete returned to rock upon his graduation and played in several rock bands. Besides the 'Bane,' Pete has been hired to sit in with other Baltimore-based prog bands and in 2002 he recorded a guitar-based, all-instrumental CD, Alone But Not Lonely. JEFF LARAMEE-DRUMS Jeff's been playing since the age of 12. Originally from Vermont, he and his brother Pete played in circuit bands throughout New England and northern New York before moving to North Carolina, where Jeff played in an all-instrumental trio called 'T-BO.' Jeff's broad influences include Yes, Marillion, and Queen. Jeff has also been a member of Sonus Umbra for 4 years. LUIS NASSER-BASS In 1995, Luis came to the United States from Mexico City to pursue a doctoral degree in Physics. Luis brought with him a tremendous amount of experience from both his own project, Radio Silence, and his session work supporting other bands as a live and studio musician. Luis grew up listening to Pink Floyd, The Who, and Rush. Radio Silence evolved into Sonus Umbra, which has become a successful progressive rock band. Luis also sits in with Might Could and Uncle Gut. THE BAND In 1994, Pete and Jeff moved to Baltimore to find like-minded musicians. Within 18 months, Kurgan's Bane had formed and played numerous shows, but needed some new members to get to the next level. They soon replaced their singer. In early 1997, the band was fortunate to find Luis available and he immediately joined. His playing complemented that of their own and his writing added a new dimension to their sound. In early 1998, Kurgan's Bane released their first CD, Search from Sea to Sea. It received sparse, yet international, radio airplay and earned positive international reviews. A few months later, the Bane found themselves needing to again replace their singer. They could not immediately find anyone to fit their style and their demands so, in the interim of the next year, they played all-instrumental shows. In the summer of 1999, Lisa became the new singer after auditioning for only 15 minutes. She had her first performance with the band 10 days later. In January of 2000, the band went back into the studio to record The Future Lies Broken, which was released throughout Europe by the Swedish indy label Record Heaven. Future received some international airplay and some great reviews. Throughout 2001 and 2002, the Bane played numerous shows on the east coast to support the CD. Unfortunately, starting in 2002, outside projects and various medical procedures sidelined the band for over a year. And in September of 2003, Hurricane Isabel swept through Baltimore, bringing three feet of water into the 'Bane' house. It took several months to get things squared away. Now that things are back to 'normal,' we are releasing our new CD. It is called Camouflaged In Static and we are now booking shows to support the disc. We are eager and anxious to play live again and have people hear our new material.