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Laura Bradley

Singer / Composer

Laura is an LA-based musician/composer/singer whose fifth studio album, "Tales of Torment" is a storybook of alternative tales, the type of narratives told from the perspective of the wicked witch and the twisted villain…those tormented cruel souls fighting against the injustice inflicted upon them. Catapult yourself into the mind of the wicked stepmother towering over the sweet Cinderella, see things from her point of view; twisted, bleak and macabre – that’s the world of “Tales of Torment”. A bitter-sweet canvass of angst-ridden frustration, “Tales of Torment” sees Laura Bradley and The Longing create an epic musical masterpiece of hybrid orchestrals; layering sharp synths on bed of classical orchestral arrangement, pierced divinely with Bradley’s crystalline vocals. It’s the paradox of the delicate against the aggressive that creates the sheer exquisiteness of this melodic collection.

Born in Toronto, Bradley grew up in Miami, Florida, where the musical influences are as diverse as the multicultural population. Singing from earliest childhood, and self-taught on piano and guitar into her early teens, her diligence and tenacity paid off in a music scholarship for operatic voice, where she simultaneously studied opera while singing rock, expanding her multi-octave range and developing the finely tuned vocal control that distinguishes her in the crowded field of singer-songwriters.

Always ready to push creative boundaries, The Longing joins Laura in blending buoyant, aurally addictive hooks, searing guitar work, multi-layered rhythm to enhance Bradley's tormented vocals and atmospheric piano transcending over-simplistic genre categorization, as they hover gloriously over the void between raw progressive metal and rock. Bradley has the ability to harness the power of her trademark angelic vocals, unleashing her voice with the spectral force of an emotional whiplash – that’s what instantly brings audiences to a standstill. Fuse this with Bradley’s impeccable poetic lyrics and compositional style, which injects a jagged, rhythm-driven musical perspective, and you begin to experience the energy igniting the ever-snowballing fanbase of The Longing. The band consists of guitarists John Huldt and Mashadi Maximus, bassist Michael Wallace and drummer, Tom Plumb – all formally trained, seasoned session/touring musicians with numerous high-profile production and engineering credits.

Bradley has also toured nationally as a solo artist in support of her first two projects, RAIN and STORM (distributed by eOne), and became the opening act for both Colin Hay and Dionne Warwick & Friends at Miami's Bank United Center. With the addition of The Longing, the group has performed at numerous rock venues with a unified vision and sound that electrifies an audience. Impressed by her playful theatrics and easy rapport with an enthusiastic crowd at The Viper Room, Music Connection Magazine reviewer, Lisa Elaine Scott writes, "Laura is an accomplished composer and a sophisticated performer. Her risk-taking lyrical story lines, combined with stellar musicianship and a spellbinding stage presence, make for an outstanding live show. Unafraid to stray from the familiar formula, Laura Bradley and The Longing are creating aural art at its best."

The chemistry amongst this collection of outstanding musicians with Laura is phenomenal, as they create music that’s tempting the world. Previous singles ‘Wicked’ and ‘Frozen Ground’ received tremendous airplay in the UK and 18 countries worldwide, whilst ‘Wicked’ earned a UK record of the week. Their current album, “Tales of Torment” has been highlighted in Prog Magazine along with features and rave reviews by PureGrainAudio.com, Paste Magazine, Noize Machine and many more. “Tales of Torment” also hit #27 on the US iTunes Metal Sales Chart and #51on the UK iTunes Metal Sales Chart. Their previous album release, “Bleed” hit #38 on the US iTunes Metal Sales Chart and garnered many features and reviews on both sides of the Atlantic.

Previous singles from RAIN and STORM were in rotation on multiple Clear Channel stations, and "Choosing You" was featured on the season finale of MTV's "The Real World — Down Under in Sydney". Bradley also has a great passion for film and co-composed the score for William Shakespeare's The Tempest, as well as writing and performing the theme song, "Sword and Stone." "Rain" was featured on the soundtrack for Benny Bliss and the Disciples of Greatness (feature film, Sundance Film Festival: Official Selection 2009), and "Love Song" the theme song on "Butterflies," a short film presented in Cannes 2009.

You can find Laura and The Longing’s current album release, “Tales of Torment” and the entire back-catalog available on all digital and mobile service platforms worldwide. Current distribution is through The Orchard.

Michael Wallace

Bass

Born and raised in the remarkably small town of Kewaunee, Wisconsin, Michael moved to near-by Green Bay to attend the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay where he received a BA in music performance. Michael collaborated with his professors to create a classical performance degree on electric bass and his senior recital featured a bass transcription of the famous Bach cello suites.

Michael began playing the bass at the age of 14 when his guitarist brother, David, created a band and needed a bass player. "And I thought it would be easy!" His early bass playing influences were Geddy Lee of Rush and Chris Squire of Yes. Michael and David played, composed and recorded in three bands together; Prodigy, Worlds and Karma Farm. All three of the bands share a moody, alternative, progressive rock feel.

Determined to find a town boasting more than 100,000 residents, Michael and his brother moved to Los Angeles with their band Worlds and is very happy to still be a Southern California resident. "No snow shoveling!" Other bands that Michael has played with in LA include: Baraka, DeeDee O'Malley, The Army of Love and The Jeffcoat Band.

Michael owns and operates When In Rome Studios where he produces, engineers, mixes and masters music and in addition to audio for film. His classical musical background, coupled with his engineering education from Los Angeles Recording Workshop, afford him the unique expertise required to produce and engineer a wide variety of musical genres from orchestral to punk and everything in between. Having come full circle, Michael now also teaches recording at the LA Film School.

Some of his musical clients include: The Manhattan Transfer, Vertical Horizon, Unwritten Law, No Doubt, Chris Isaac, Live, Laura Bradley, Sublime and Weezer. His film credits include: Benny Bliss and the Disciples of Greatness, National Lampoon's Cattle Call, Swing, The Tempest, Wild Turkey, Changing Hearts and My X-Girlfriend's Wedding Reception.

An avid sports fan, Michael's favorite teams are the LA Lakers and the Green Bay Packers. Also a weekend-warrior athlete, Michael plays tennis and basketball and will hike just about any mountain he encounters. His former hobbies included, "Tending to the demands of nature surrounding my cabin in the Angeles National Forest and washing too many wine glasses." The cabin and his original studio burned to the ground in the LA Station fire of 2009. Having traded the forest for an urban hillside, Michael now attempts to coax grass into the semblance of a lawn and washes even more wine glasses.

Tom Plumb

Drums

Born and raised in Sacramento California, Tom began taking lessons at the age of 10. "I've always wanted to play drums, my parents told me that as early as age three I was fascinated by drumming." He participated in school music programs and played snare drum for the Concord Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps. He moved to Fresno where he was awarded a music scholarship to CSU. Tom received his bachelor's degree in business before moving to LA in 2007 to pursue career in music.

If I weren't a musician, I'd probably go into aviation. A lot of people in my family are involved one area of aviation or another. My brother is a pilot, and works as an aircraft mechanic with my dad. We grew up watching my dad fix and build things. Whether it's putting a roof on the house, or doing an overhaul on the family car, he does it all. It really instilled in me early on the value of hard work, and attention to detail."

Tom was a snare drum instructor for both the Sacramento Freelancers (WGI drumline) and the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps (DCI) from Wisconsin. Tom currently teaches private lessons, as well as community drum classes at a few local city colleges. He also plays and records with numerous bands, including the award-winning Orange County based funk band, Allensworth, fronted by Jamie Allensworth.

In addition to the bands he plays with, Tom is a gifted freelance musician. With an appreciation and passion for playing "all kinds of music," he accepts gigs and session work from a large cross section of artists in southern California where his diverse talents are in high demand.

A basketball fan, but ever the fair sportsman, he has no favorite team. That said, he does have a passion for classic cars, "I love classic muscle cars, especially my Firebird! I've had it since a year out of high school. I always wanted a Camaro – my dream car for years when I was younger (and to a large degree still is!). But one day I was driving around my neighborhood and came across a 1971 Firebird for sale. It only had 46,000 miles on it, and all the options I wanted. I've spent a lot of time in that car over the years. And I love it to death!"


John Huldt

Guitars

Originally from Sweden, The Longing's voracious guitar player, John Huldt, has called Los Angeles home since 2006. An award-winning guitar player, John is/has become known as one of the most versatile guitarists among his peers and has been receiving accolades from many of the industry's top names.

He released two solo albums, the 2008 "Rules Do Not Apply" and in 2012, "A Permanent State of Transformation," both to much critical acclaim. Whereas "Rules" was more of a straight up guitar record, "Permanent State" focused heavily on orchestration and composition.

John is the go-to for producers and songwriters in the LA area where he keeps busy with session work between tours. He also coaches bands, creates tracks for commercials & jingles and teaches private lessons in guitar, bass and piano.

A former student of The LA Music Academy himself, John is now teaching the advanced rock classes there for which he also wrote the curriculum.

With John's powerful style of playing and dark sense of humor, he often gets hired to do demos, videos and clinics for various manufacturers in the music industry. You can also find him at the larger trade shows like NAMM and LA Amp show, demoing and running clinics and panels.

John has won several talent competitions and most notably was one of the top 6 finalists in Lee Ritenour's 6 string theory competition in 2011 and was awarded "Guitar Player of the Year" in the 2012 South Bay Music Awards. He also won the "Waves of Shred" online guitar competition.

Besides The Longing, John plays lead guitar for metal standout, Ampora and ex Godhead singer, Jason Charles Miller's solo band.

John is a proud endorsee of:
T Rex Pedals, Kemper Profiling Amp, Elmwood Amplification, Mad Professor effect pedals, Seymour Duncan pickups, Brimstone Audio Products, Hipshot products, George El's cables, and Oceanaut Watches.

Mashadi Maximus

Guitars

Mash has been a touring musician since 2002 and has appeared on numerous recordings as well as performed with artists from Asia, Canada and the US.

As a young boy, he first picked up the guitar because he thought it would attract girls, but of course he immediately fell in love with the art. Alongside his work with numerous bands, he has also worked as a session musician since 2009. Recently, Mash has added mastering to his resume and Mashernator Audio’s projects include exciting collaborations with various corporate entities and numerous Los Angeles electro-pop luminaries. Being naturally gifted with his hands, Mash also makes custom cables and is well versed in professional audio production installations as well as system design.

For Mash, being a musician means passion in his soul, peace in his mind, and an unwavering excitement for life and the future. He describes The Longing as an operatic, progressive metal juggernaut brimming with virtuosity and eccentricity. His band mates would likely describe him as a quiet yet proficient smart-ass. His friends would say that he is an entertaining asshole with an affinity for beer. Mash is fueled by desire, the eternal quest for knowledge and is inspired by patterns in nature, the universe and Brunelian engineering. When not consumed by music, he enjoys working on his old car, playing video games, and drinking and brewing his very own, “The Beerds Brew” beer.

The Longing


aura Bradley

Singer / Composer

is an LA-based musician/composer/singer whose fifth studio album, "Tales of Torment" is a storybook of alternative tales, the type of narratives told from the perspective of the wicked witch and the twisted villain…those tormented cruel souls fighting against the injustice inflicted upon them. Catapult yourself into the mind of the wicked stepmother towering over the sweet Cinderella, see things from her point of view; twisted, bleak and macabre – that’s the world of “Tales of Torment”. A bitter-sweet canvass of angst-ridden frustration, “Tales of Torment” sees Laura Bradley and The Longing create an epic musical masterpiece of hybrid orchestrals; layering sharp synths on bed of classical orchestral arrangement, pierced divinely with Bradley’s crystalline vocals. It’s the paradox of the delicate against the aggressive that creates the sheer exquisiteness of this melodic collection.

Born in Toronto, Bradley grew up in Miami, Florida, where the musical influences are as diverse as the multiculturalpopulation. Singing from earliest childhood, and self-taught on...

ichael Wallace

Bass

Born and raised in the remarkably small town of Kewaunee, Wisconsin, Michael moved to near-by Green Bay to attend the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay where he received a BA in music performance. Michael collaborated with his professors to create a classical performance degree on electric bass and his senior recital featured a bass transcription of the famous Bach cello suites.

om Plumb

Drums

Born and raised in Sacramento California, Tom began taking lessons at the age of 10. "I've always wanted to play drums, my parents told me that as early as age three I was fascinated by drumming."  He participated in school music programs and played snare drum for the Concord Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps.  He moved to Fresno where he was awarded a music scholarship to CSU.  Tom received his bachelor's degree in business before moving to LA in 2007 to pursue career in music. f I weren't a musician, I'd probably go into aviation. A lot of people in my family are involved one area of aviation or another. My brother is a pilot, and works as an aircraft mechanic with my dad.

ohn Huldt

Guitars

Originally from Sweden, The Longing's voracious guitar player, John Huldt, has called Los Angeles home since 2006. An award-winning guitar player, John is/has become known as one of the most versatile guitarists among his peers and has been receiving accolades from many of the industry's top names.

He released two solo albums, the 2008 "Rules Do Not Apply" and in 2012, "A Permanent State of Transformation," both to much critical acclaim. Whereas "Rules" was more of a straight up guitar record, "Permanent State" focused heavily on orchestration and composition.

ashadi Maximus

Guitars

Mash has been a touring musician since 2002 and has appeared on numerous recordings as well as performed with artists from Asia, Canada and the US. As a young boy, he first picked up the guitar because he thought it would attract girls, but of course he immediately fell in love with the art. Alongside his work with numerous bands, he has also worked as a session musician since 2009. Recently, Mash has added mastering to his resume and Mashernator Audio’s projects include exciting collaborations with various corporate entities and numerous Los Angeles electro-pop luminaries. Being naturally gifted with his hands, Mash also makes custom cables and is well versed in professional audio production installations as well as system design.

Music

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Tales of Torment
  1. 1 Stand Down
  2. 2 What If
  3. 3 Melting Down
  4. 4 Caged
  5. 5 Make You Feel My Love
  6. 6 Days
  7. 7 Crosses
  8. 8 Dazed
  9. 9 Come On
  10. 10 All This Talk
  11. 11 How Do You Know
  12. 12Not Anymore
  13. 13Say Goodbye
  14. 14Ave Maria


Bleed
  1. 1 Frozen Ground
  2. 2 Wicked
  3. 3 Bleed
  4. 4 Fade
  5. 5 Lips
  6. 6 This Flame
  7. 7 The Cool Dark Slip
  8. 8 Big Ass Liar
  9. 9 Words
  10. 10 The Hunger
  11. 11 Winter
  12. 12Stunned
  13. 13Sword & Stone
  14. *Amazing Grace (BONUS)

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