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Meet the Band


Jayce

Jason Stratford

Position: Lead Guitar, Vocals, Synth/Keyboard
Nicknames/AKA: Jayce
Likes: Has a wee passion for premium lager ;-)

Jayce's first recollection of music was from the age of 6 having been introduced to brass instruments. He played in silver bands and school orchestra and there was always a guitar of his Dad's kicking around at home which he never really attempted to play until exchanging his juvenile passion for Michael Jackson with 'Die Young' by 'Black Sabbath' which his brother played repeatedly!

At secondary school Jayce found himself being taught by a strict, militarian style music teacher who insisted it was compulsary for him to play in the school orchestra. After later being asked to leave the orchestra but to continue lessons, a very annoyed Jayce told said teacher to "stick the boring cornet as far up his arse as he could get it". The end.

Fortunately by then Jayce had acquired a taste for guitar, learning AC/DC and really rocking it out, later playing in many garage bands until his introduction to Opusweed's manager, Sue at the 'Thames Head' pub - thus the story unfolds.

Guitars n Gear!!!!!!

 2 x Gibson les Paul customs.. of course one black one white!!!! Just to be PC
 1 x 80's style reverse stock Jackson glam rock, but I love it
 1x Ibanez premium guitar
 TC Electronic G-System sound effects
 Marshall TLS 60 triple super lead amp head, Orange rockerverb amp head
 Marshall 4x12's cabs
 Notation Ultranova synth
 iPad for Moog sounds
 M-Audio electric piano

Catch ya laters and peace out!!!!!!!!!!!


Rob McGregor

Position: Lead Vocals / Percussion

Rob has been playing music for as long as he can remember, starting with the Recorder, then Trombone and Keyboards, also singing with the Church Choir. Around 30 years ago he settled on the drums and for the last 10 years has been developing his vocal skills, from the occasional backing vocal to singing lead in a variety of bands....and still has more hair than Phil Collins.

Rob's musical tastes are many and varied, they include Metal, Classical, Rock, Pop and Dance music and is always on the lookout for new and exciting forms of music. He first heard Hawkwind when The Chronicle of the Black Sword was released, immediately realising that it was some of the most important music he had heard, something that he would always love. Rob met Opusweed at a gig in 2015 and after hearing their sound, immediately offered his services to them.

Favourite Hawkwind song: Song of The Swords


Jamie Leader

Position: Rhythm Guitar
Nicknames/AKA: The Jigga. Frank Zappa. John Lennon. Where's Wally. Dali.
Heroes: Where's Wally

Jamie has been playing guitar for approximately half his life. He started when he stopped running and when he is not thinking, writing, painting or working, he is playing. These things are not mutually exclusive and he has been known to enact them simultaneously.
Equipment: Fingers, Wood, strings, valves and things.


Lara Regini

Position: Vocals

Lara started music at quite a young age, she began singing and writing music of her own, influenced on the whole by her granddad who enjoyed playing the piano accordian and church organ as a hobby, in and around the bristol area. She sung for a number of bands over the years, gaining experience in performance and dabbling with different genres along the way. Lara went on to study the subject at Falmouth University, where she was successful in supporting other bands and particularly enjoyed being part of a creative environment. Having recently moved to the city, she is embarking on new projects and adventures and loves being part of Opusweed.


Dave Gray

Position: Rhythm Guitar
Interests: Water sports, real ale.

Dave was taught piano around the age of eight, but gave up after grade one to take up the Cello. At fourteen his parents made the mistake of asking him if he wanted to take up the guitar and so went to four group lessons, supposedly teaching him how to play finger-style guitar, but at home he was learning hard rock riffs instead. By eighteen he was fronting a band called ‘Mayhem’ - playing two gigs but broke up when the members went to Uni. Since then Dave played in a whole variety of bands, mainly blues and rock, playing at venues large and small, often just playing guitar, but sometimes singing vocals too. He first saw Hawkwind in the early '80s, and has been into space rock ever since.

Gear:

 Fender guitars (Strat, Tele)
 Blackstar Club 40 combo
 TS9 Tube Screamer
 Boss delay
 Boss tremolo
 Electro-Harmonix Small Clone
 ProCo Rat
 Boss DS1
 EBow

Glen Moreman

Position: Bass

Glen has played bass for many local rock/indie/blues bands since 1980 and having played in a 'Hawkwind' tribute band back in 1990, he has returned to his space rock roots.

Glen's style has been influenced over the years by many artists including Lemmy, Alan Davey, Roger Glover and Jack Bruce.

Glen stopped playing guitar for a while due to family and work commitments. Following a gap of 15 years and while helping organise a music festival, Glen met Opusweed where he was invited to play bass for them in Autumn 2014.

Since then he has really enjoyed getting back into playing in a band environment and is really looking forward to returning to the stage once again.


Lloyd George

Position: Synth

Lloyd was born in 1966 at Cirencester, but despite this setback he dedicated his life to 'Space-Rock' music, realising his first recording release in 1986 through official fan club 'Hawkfan' on a limited edition vinyl. At 20 Lloyd changed his name by deed pol to Dr David Hotknife, going on to play with various Hawkwind covers bands that include:. The Huw Lloyd Langton group, Space Ritual, Harvey Bainbridge, Tribe of Cro and was one of the 'friends' in F 'n' R - possibly the greatest Hawkwind cover band ever.....until Opusweed.


Luke 'Sherminator' Davidson

Luke Davidson

Position: Drummer/natural born pizza consumer/the token red head
From: Wexham, Slough (sluff)
Nicknames/AKA: Jest Suisse Orange, Ginger Ninja, Shaggy, Sherminator
Famous quotes: "looks like it was recorded with a potato"

Luke has been playing drums for over 8 years, including many festivals and shows up and down the UK with many talented bands and musicians as well as appearing on countless demo's and recordings.

Luke's passion for drums (and music) began at an early age when listening to the likes of John Bonham / Keith Moon / Ginger Baker in his Dad's car - on those long, long, long, endless journeys.

He then turned to trawling through music at HMV, seeking out heavier, faster forms of drums and music to feed his passion to perform (and upset his parents :)
Self taught, Luke has found his niche in the rock/metal genres, though he has a passion for all music forms and has played in Jazz/Blues/Reggae and Ska bands previously.

Luke also likes to produce and write music and is lucky enough to have a small portable studio to indulge his creative ideas as well as digital design and 2D/3D artwork.

Pearl Export EXR Custom Series Drums
1x Kickdrum / 1x Hi-Hats
2x Tom Toms
1x Floor Tom
2x Pearl Snares ( 1x custom dual emperor snare head (primary)
1x standard pearl rhythm snare tightly tuned)
Sabian/Zildjian/Meinl Cymbals
Pearl Single chain kickpedal
Drumsticks used - 7AN Vic Firths

Emmie Prewitt

Emmie Prewett

Position: Weebleys / Effects
From: The Psychedelic Magical Unicorn Moon
Nicknames/AKA: Rainbow Warrior / Weeble
Favourite words: Shenanigans / Raggamuffin

Emmie loves an eclectic mix of music i.e. dubstep, dance, jungle, space rock (naturally!), to artists such as Paolo Nutini , Bob Marley and Damien Rice!

She loves sixties music too, with fond affection to 'The Kinks', 'The Troggs', 'Dusty Springfield', 'The Animals', 'The Doors' etc, all old skool :)

Russell Howard and Lee Evans are her favourite comedians, she has an entirely unreasonable fear of colossal squids. Often described as a hippy, one of her nicknames is "Rainbow Warrior" which may give the wrong impression but basically she loves bright colours when it comes to her dress sense; that's the inspiration :-P

More facts; Emmie is 5ft 7in and has a strange obsession with Cacti, she loves to draw and wants to make more time for this but being quite an energetic person, convincing herself to sit still is quite a task! - also into Buddhism and reading more into it at the moment. She loves to personalise things; her car displays many amusing stickers! So as you can see, a totally random character!



Guests & Guest Artists



Nyall - Lead Guitar
Jay - Lead Guitar
Chyna - Saxaphone / Flute
Rach - Electric Violin
Chloe - Hoop Performer