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February/March 2014

by Ania Glowacz

Fresh Talent: The Identity Slip

by Ania Glowacz

Fresh Talent: The Identity Slip

The Identity Slip began when two admitted maths geeks – Shawn Means and KT Sharp – met at Auckland University (the Mathematical Biology Department to be exact) and made a connection over music.
Shawn soon recruited his musical comrade Tim Roper, guitarist of Auckland’’s Paper Cranes (and brother of former Mint Chicks-member Paul), to help bring KT’’s creations to life. Some time in 2009, regular practices started at The Edge church practice rooms in Kingsland.

Originally from New Mexico, Shawn’’s background as drummer has strong punk roots – his bandmate Marcus Croucher from NZ punk outfit Free4All completed the line-up on bass. The music fits no convenient definitions, apart from being found in that wide canyon known as ‘alternative rock’.

As a starting point it has an Evanescence vibe – with a similar quality despite only being of demo standard to date. The music is rather intricate, KT’s vocals very strong and the overall composition semi-epic – there’s not much else like it in these parts. Keyboard and vocal-driven, embellished by some accomplished musicianship.

The band describe themselves well – “mesmerising keyboards, atmospheric guitars, smooth and prominent bass, distinctly innovative drums…””

Practising and growing their all-originals set list, so far all they’’ve released are a couple of free download tracks. It was Marcus who pushed for the band to get out and play live, and they’’ve since been equally busy recording their material with friend Stephen Sheath, both at the practice rooms and at his home studio. They call it an EP, but at seven semi-epic tracks long, I’’d say it’’s more of an album! Sheath has since relocated to Christchurch, but work continues in the virtual world.

Working around academic careers and other projects (KT is writing her Ph.D thesis this year), the progress may be slow, but the result will be a jewel. They have an old-fashioned single release planned as well, with Kiwi-friendly international Greg Haver engaged as producer for their track Time & Space. For a while now they’ve been focused on “just getting something out”,” and at last the material is in the mixing stage, ready to be unleashed upon the world in the next few months.

theidentityslip.bandcamp.com