Altamadum

Band Members 

Brendan Byers (Drums/Percussion & Backing Vocals)
James Cole (Bass Guitar, Keyboards& Vocals)
Sam Mucha (Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Piano, & Acoustic Guitar)
Cam Thomas (Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar & Backing Vocals)

Genre 

Metal
Rock

Date Formed 

February, 2007

Bio 

Altamadum was born in Thunder Bay, ON in the fall of 2007. Lead guitarist Cam Thomas & drummer Brendan Byers approached classmate James Cole, with the hopes of him filling in on bass guitar. The trio carried on under the name 'Annex', writing mostly instrumental pieces for the next few months. Cole suggested that Joey Parker come-on to sing for the group. On the condition he be able to play rhythm guitar, Parker accepted. It was at this time that the band decided to drop the name 'Annex' & adopt 'Altamadum' as the new title. The group’s first show took place at Westgate High-school for a Christmas Concert in 2007. Two months later, Altamadum would win a preliminary round in a band competition at Scuttlebutts Bar in just their second show ever. The four carried on for the next two years playing mostly covers of classic & new rock, mostly in local bars & at parties. In the fall of 2009, Parker expressed an interest in someone else taking over singing duties for the band. A few close friends were suggested, Cole would then meet Sam Mucha & the two began discussing music at work. Cole received a demo of Mucha singing & was impressed by the singer’s diversity & range. Cole presented the demo to the band & they agreed to have Mucha come tryout. Altamadum received an offer to play a St. Patty’s Day show in 2010 & this would become the first appearance with Mucha. The five carried on for most of the summer with Cole/Mucha taking over the lyrical process in writing multiple original songs, while performing occasional shows. In the fall of 2010 the band entered into the local “Last Band Standing” competition. The band won its genre, reaching the finals & ultimately finishing second overall, losing out by two votes. Following the success of the band in “Last Band Standing” the band received interest from Cole’s uncle, Russ Elder on doing recordings for the group. The band continued writing & performing, highlighted by winning Last Band Standing in 2011. This was followed immediately with the band moving into Elder’s Thunder Sound Studio to begin production on their debut album “We Are…”. The band reduced the amount of shows they had been playing in 2012 to put all focus into the development of the C.D. In early 2013 Richard Lawrence was hired to join the team as online development as well as a role in promotions & video productions. The band would release their debut CD "We Are..." on July 20th, 2013. Shortly after, Joey Parker was regretfully forced to leave the band. The group wishes nothing but success for him in all future endeavors. Shortly after the bands CD Release Show, featuring the local rep. for the AFM (American/Canadian Federation of Musicians) in attendance, Altamadum was offered a position within the union. Entering into 2014, the band has begun work on a 2nd album titled 'Levels' due out in the Spring. A possible Summer Tour is also in the early stages of development.

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