Kill For Company are two Manchester musicians, Michael Banfield plays a unique self-manufactured hybrid guitar/bass and Mark O`Donoughue drums and percussion.
Kill For Company’s sound came with Michael’s big idea, something he had toyed with since doing a guitar tech course in Manchester. Michael created the “Guibass” in essence a lead guitar with two bass strings at the low end, re-jig the pickups, adjust the strings and then split the signal through a bass and lead amp. Much easier said than done, despite all advice to the contrary the “Guibass” was born. Once Pedals and adjustment to his playing technique were added the results were formidable, They surprisingly found you could get a really full sound in the studio and at live showcases.
Mark and Michael quickly discovered that the instrument gave Kill For Company massive freedom to experiment, the recordings could be done live in rehearsal rooms on Michael’s mobile studio and production done back at home.
The first EP “Money Now” quickly sold out and brought the duo to the attention of Amazing Radio, Salford City Radio, ManchesterRadioOnline, 4QMagazine, Rainy Skies magazine and Michelle Hussey at BBC Introducing.
After a sell out show for their second EP “Alternative To Living” @ The Deaf Institute Manchester a clothing endorsement with FLY53, signing to Longevity Records and "Black and White" being hand picked by Tom Robinson to be on his BBC Introducing Mixtape. National airplay on BBC6Music and some great festivals like LakeFest followed.
With 2014 starting off with a Special BBC Introducing Gig @Ruby Lounge and BBC6Music play off Steve Lamacq. Kill For Company now have their 3rd EP “Bag Of Doubts” featuring artwork by renowned Manchester artist SLM set for release on the 30th May 2014 with the Launch Gig @MRO Black Room on the same night.
" I think im falling in love with this band" Michelle Hussey - BBC Introducing
"Although in reality he is armed only with his ‘guibass’ and backed by crashing drums, at times it seems that, through his array of effects pedals, Michael instead commands an orchestra; creating a plethora of colours and sounds that ensure audience member’s ears are engrossed." LouderThanWar
“Money Now is swirling mass of lofi attitude and guitars that brings to mind early KOL, The Arctic Monkeys underpinned by a Peter Hook bassline, Hats of gents, that’s a hell of a lot of noise for two people!" - FreshOnTheNet
“It’s as solid and complete a slab of rock-n-roll goodness as anyone could possibly need” - Music From Rainy Skies Magazine
" The strength of the duo's musical chemistry has been Victorious" 4Q Magazine
(4/5) - "Kill for Company are difficult to ignore. If this EP contains the sort of music that their album will, they will be impossible to ignore." Vents Magazine
"This duo bring together the best of unique, yet familiar, music with an elegant and simultaneously attitude riddled sound in a humble, inspiring way. You can quote that when they’re huge." Alt Music Review
"if they aren’t attracting the attention they should at the moment, surely will do soon." Backseat Mafia
"I really suggest you go and buy it! It will be the best thing you have bought this year! And it’s probably the best thing you will listen to by far! So what you waiting for?!" Intamission Music
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