20 Years of Fighting
McNorson incorporates bluesy rock riffs, rock-a-billy undertones, and hints of ska and reggae, to create an alternative rock sound that is fresh and original for this genre. McNorson's influences range from Irish Folk to Heavy Metal. It can be said that the band's sound is eclectic. This attribute has helped the trio create an album that they feel is true to them. They refused to fall prey to the typical sound of altenative rock 'Indie' bands. It is for this reason, Alan McCullagh: Born in Dublin, Ireland, Anthony Noronha: Born in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, and Ian Stevenson: Born in Liverpool, England, set out to define their unique sound by writing and producing their 'home-grown' debut album; 20 Years of Fighting. The band currently resides in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. 'There are a lot of Indie bands out there with very talented musicians, creating good music. But it's one thing to write, and another to be original and marketable. We've concentrated on writing for us, but kept in mind that this is a business as well. Our sound maintains the edge of alternative rock, but stays true to melody. The vocals are warm and sang with passion. The music is fresh and original. There are no themes of teenage angst or protest. Only stories about relationships started, nourished, and ended. Stories we all, at some point, will relate too. We are confident that listeners will be drawn in; confident that they will become fans.' - McNorson It's difficult to pin point who McNorson sounds like. Fans of bluesy rock will like 'She Wants' and 'Nothing'. 'Quiver' and 'Come to Me' will appeal to the lovers in this world. Even Hip Hop fanatics will find something to groove to: 'Just Can't'. And let's not forget the listeners that enjoy atomospheric, melodic pop. 'Young Again' delivers. Many artists liken themselves to major artists in their genre. McNorson doesn't. Take a listen, drop them a line, and tell them who you think they sound like. McNorson sets out in 2007 to play it's music to all that will listen. Alan J. McCullagh: Born in Dublin, Ireland. Alan's family has always loved and listened to music. Whether traditional Irish folk songs, rock 'n' roll, or big band and jazz, Alan was always surrounded by the joy of music. Holidays would inevitably include long singsong sessions with our cousins & extended families. Although none of Alan's siblings really picked up instruments, Alan has always been proficient with making music on whatever instruments were laying around. "Guitar was my first love, but I soon found that I could make music with just about anything. I never took the time to learn to read & write notation, it just slowed down the speed at which I was learning. I guess I am just blessed with good ears and the ability to translate what I want to hear into what I am doing." "Singing was an afterthought, born from having to finish a long gig after our singer went home sick after the first set. From that point I have never looked back, but I remain my own biggest critic when it comes to using my lungs. I find myself looking for complex, lyrical melodies hidden in the simplest guitar and piano songs. I have always found it easier to write than to read, and the layering of instruments, like painting, is what drives my passion to write & record." Influences include Bob Marley, Blue Rodeo, Elvis, Ozzy Osbourne, Pink Floyd, Iron Maiden, Neil Diamond, U2, and Ol Blue Eyes...to name a few Ian Stevenson: Born in Liverpool England. Ian and his family moved/snuck into Canada in 1975 as Tibetan refuges;-) He met his two best friends sometime thereafter. Broken hockey sticks & cardboard guitar bodies were his first instruments, jamming out with Alan in the back yard listening to Rush's "Moving Pictures". Ian started his musical career learning guitar, but after buying a jazz bass he found hanging in a garage, he soon succumbed to the power of "The Low Side" and bass has been his weapon of choice ever since. "We grew up pretending we were musicians, it was just a natural progression that we ended up actually being in a band. I just hang out with these two guys and try to keep up with the playing and just have fun. My life revolves around family and theses guys are definitely that." Anthony Noronha: Born in Tanzania, East Africa, Anthony moved to Canada with his family in 1976. Growing up in Calgary, he was fortunate enough to meet two people that would become his dearest friends, Alan McCullagh and Ian Stevenson. It has been, '20 Years of Fighting' but he would have not had it any other way. 'Playing with those two has only made my passion stronger. There is something to be said about fighting, but more to be said about being able to resolve issues and stay friends for life.' 'Music has always been a part of my life. From my father to my brother to my cousins and my crazy uncles. We've all played in bands. My first lesson was when I was 11 and it was then that I became 'hooked' and infatuated with playing. My influences are very eclectic; Lionel Ritchie, MJ, Men at Work, Midnight Oil, REM, Blue Rodeo, U2, and the Sky Diggers, to name a few. I enjoy melody and lyric. I feel most relaxed when I sit down with a guitar and just write what comes to mind. Sometimes it's musical and sometimes it's just words on paper. It doesn't matter. Songs like Quiver, Come to Me, and Brittle are all snapshots of a moment in my life. Music is my outlet. It allows me to not bottle my emotions, but talk to those around me. And, I enjoy that.' The Music: 20 years of jamming, 4-track recordings, gigs, parties, friendship & fighting, finally bred the unique 'home grown' debut album '20 Years of Fighting'. She Wants: A fusion of rock, country & reggae. New Song: A bright and catchy driving tune. Just Can't: Hip Hop meets Rock. Quiver: A rock ballad with a memorable chorus. Young Again: A tune with a slow, cool, groove. Breaking Rules: A mix of reggae and rock. Undeniable: Top 40 pop/rock all the way through. Brittle: A hard, driving rock tune, start to finish. Come To Me: A semi rock/country ballad. Nothing: Power riffs and solos fill this modern rock song. Thanks again for your support and, thank you for listening.