From the Crossroads of America Indianapolis, Indiana - USA, the metal band September Sky is turning heads all around the world. Fans describe their songs as “Disturbed meets Tool and Avenged Sevenfold”. In a sea of mediocre alternative metal, September Sky stands out not only with their magnetic twist of alternative grunge rock and thrash metal influences, but also their well-known empowering and inspiring vocals and refreshing guitar solos.
Their debut EP Bright Sides To Dark Days received international critical acclaim, landing them on the map with “One of the most original albums in a very long time”. Letter To Fear was released in 2013 and features “Driving bass lines, ominous guitar riffs and thundering drums that permeate and rip through you with original hard hitting lyrics” (itunes 2010). 2016 was another very successful year for September Sky as they hit the studio to record and produce a new EP. September Sky released The Dying Season on November 2016 receiving four and five-star reviews, and gaining thousands of new fans around the world which led to signing an exclusive management deal with the Los Angeles based Inner Light Agency in early 2017.
September Sky sets the bar for both independent artists and the alternative metal genre alike. What makes September Sky so distinctive is their empowering message and combination of influences and genres they so magically blend together. In a genre where many bands subject matter and the world's view tends to revolve around the dark and negative side of life, September Sky effortlessly evokes inspirational thoughts and empowers you to conquer life and truly experience the passion that metal music stirs deep in your soul.
How it began
After being in a couple failed metal bands previously Larry met Scott in 2004. Larry had already started a family and chosen a career path and had all but given up on being in music when he met. Scott who is 5 years younger than Larry was also at a crossroads himself after being in a couple of Alternative Rock bands previously, his project at that time (The End Game) had an opportunity to head to California, get a record deal and begin touring which was really the ultimate goal for any young up and coming band. Ultimately, the members of The End Game could not all come together to move forward on that opportunity and subsequently broke up.
Larry being impressed with what he had heard from Scott’s work with The End Game, saw an opportunity to partner up with Scott. No tours, no record companies. Just a couple guys making music whenever they could get together as a creative outlet in between their daily life and family responsibilities. The two immediately clicked creatively and entered the studio in spring of 2007 to release a 5 song CD as an acoustic project called Food For Thought. Almost immediately after that was done Larry’s former bandmate, Jeff Reagan joined the project on bass and Scott’s Uncle Martin Baker expressed an interest in working with them on the drums. The two man acoustic project quickly turned into a four man band with the goal of simply being creative and making music. One thing leads to another and before you know it they are playing a few shows and because of the addition of the other instruments and Scott and Larry’s passion for heavier music the tunes becomes more intense.
September Sky is born and a new force in metal is Awakened!
Writing begins on new music which ultimately leads the band into the studio with Scott Rainey (producer/engineer) for the first time together as a 4 piece. The band actually entered the studio as Food For Thought and about 50% through recording just knew that where they were musically with Food For Thought did not match the output of what they were creating in the studio. After a long list of potential band names and a vote amongst the current members they came up with some sort of really cool and super cheesy “Metal” name that they all knew really didn’t fit. That lasted about an hour before Larry saw a quote on a shirt Scott was wearing in the studio referencing an October Sky. For some reason that spoke to him and he and Scott both immediately started brainstorming other options knowing they truly wanted a name that could identify with the core message of what the band was writing about.
Most of the band's lyrical content represents what they call “Light Piercing Darkness”. It’s that place where good and evil and light and dark meets inside all of us. Like a September sunrise. beautiful, vivid, dark but light. A renewal of sorts. A name that truly represents the struggle that occurs in life much like it plays out during a seasons change in nature. A season between the light season and the dark season.That indeed is September Sky. It was then, in the studio that they knew they had found the name they were searching for. Food For Thought became September Sky and The EP to be released would indeed be The first EP released by September Sky in 2010 titled “Bright Sides To Dark Days”.
This is our Letter To Fear
The music continued to evolve from that point. Shortly after releasing Bright Sides To Dark Days they began playing live locally and writing for what would be the next EP, Letter To Fear. This would be the first time Larry and Scott were entering the studio with a clear direction on who they were, what their musical identity was and what the message they wanted to convey was. No leftover acoustic project stuff, no need to determine band's name or message, no searching for a producer. Just a desire to make the best Empowering Alternative Metal they could.
With that desire in mind they brought a completely focused Martin Baker back in to play drums and brought in their first lead guitar player, Mark Lentz to add another layer of power that the music had lacked before. After many failed attempts to secure a competent bass player for the EP, Larry took the reigns and played bass and rhythm guitars on what was to be the band's second EP and complete transformation into an Alternative Metal Powerhouse with hits such as Fallacy, The Fight and Letter To Fear.
Our greatest challenge and biggest success…..
While evolving and stretching themselves musically and working with many different musicians to craft each EP has become a part of how they write and record, they knew at that point what recipe they needed to create the sound that was to be, The Dying Season. Larry wanting to focus completely on guitars continued the search with Scott for someone to play bass on the upcoming EP. Mark who had played lead guitar on Letter To Fear, introduced them to Jugghead who agreed to join them on the stage to support the previous releases and to lend his skills to play bass on the upcoming EP. Soon after releasing Letter To Fear, Scott and Larry began writing more music for what would eventually become the third September Sky EP, The Dying Season.
After wrapping up live performances in multiple states regionally, James Kline was brought in on drums and writing for the third EP was quickly wrapped up and ready for studio. In January 2016 they entered the studio to begin recording The Dying Season. While in studio Scott and Larry approached Scott Rainey (produce of all September Sky’s previous music and formerly of Transmatic, Billboard top 40 artist and toured with Tantric while being signed to Virgin/EMI records) about adding him to the mix on lead guitar for this EP bringing yet another layer of experience, talent and a new level of artistry to the music. In November 2016 The Dying Season was released and features the band's most diverse, unique and focused music to date.
In early 2017 the band added Becket Weir and Kevin Ricket to round out the 2017 and 2018 touring lineup. Bigger opportunities, bigger stages, more new music and a chance to connect with many more sky fans around the globe are around the corner.
A message from the guys…
As independent artists, September Sky ultimately invested more time and energy into The Dying Season than we had previously put into any other project. We’re more focused on the future than ever before and are focusing on growing the band's presence and fan base to reach as many new people as possible in hopes to someday be able to bring all that is September Sky to stages all over the world.
We make it our mission to personally communicate with as many of our growing fan base as we can and to continue providing you with amazing music, videos and content to positively impact as many people as possible to conquer life and please know that we can’t do any of this without you! Keep listening, watching, buying the CD’s, downloading the MP3’s and supporting us anyway that you can and we promise to do everything we can to make sure that more September Sky is always on the horizon. Look forward to new singles, new albums, new videos, live acoustic performances, covers, demo tracks and many other ways to connect with us. We know we only go as far as you take us and thanks to you all. Stay Metal and Conquer!!!
Scott Bernhardt (Co-Founder) - Vocals
Current gear: voice box, Shure SM 58 Mic
All time favorite bands: Tool, Soundgarden, Breaking Benjamin, Hurt
Favorite Restaurant: Eddie Merlots in Indianapolis
Favorite beer: Guinness
Favorite movie: The Dark Knight
Best concert you've ever been to: Hurt and Army of Anyone
Larry \Oz/ Craig (Co-Founder) - Rhythm Guitars all EP's and Bass on Letter To Fear EP
Current Gear: Peavey JSX 100 Watt head and 4x10 Cabinet, Schecter C-1Hellraiser, Epiphone Les Paul Prophecy, EMG Pickups, DR Strings, Custom Dunlop Picks, Line 6 Wireless and XT Live Floorboard
All time favorite bands: (Old) Metallica, Megadeth, Iron Maiden, Pantera, Ozzy, Machine Head, Trivium, Testament, Slayer
Favorite restaurant: Fogo De Chao
Favorite Drink: Crown and Diet
Favorite Movie: Lord Of The Rings trilogy
Best concert you have ever been to: All 6 Pantera Shows
Scott Rainey - Lead Guitar: The Dying Season
Current gear: ESP and Gibson Guitars. Carvin Amps
All time favorite bands/Influences: Metallica, Mitch Ryder, Bruce Springsteen, Beatles and Rolling Stones
Favorite Restaurant: Jimmy Johns
Favorite beer: Anything wet
Favorite movie: Braveheart
Best concerts you've ever been to: Rolling Stones
*Scott also recorded and produced Bright Sides To Dark Days, Letter To Fear and the Dying Season
Kevin Rickett (AKA Krickett) - Bass Guitar: 2017 - Current
Current gear: Galien Kruger Amps Ampeg Cabinets, Dean Guitars
All time favorite bands/Influences: Tool, Deftones, Alice In Chains, Pink Floyd
Favorite Restaurant: Grandmas Kitchen Table
Favorite drink: Jagerbomb, Jim Beam Apple
Best concerts you've ever been to: Tool
Becket Weir - Drums: 2017 - Current
Current gear: Dixon drums, Predator Percussion Snare, Vater Drum Sticks, Zildjian Cymbals, DW Hardware, and pedals.
All time favorite bands/Influences: Tool, Karnivool, Rush, Metallica
Favorite Restaurant: The Greek Islands (Indy)
Favorite drink: Whiskey (Bourbon, Rye, Sour, Mash, and Irish)
Best concerts you've ever been to: Journey, Whitesnake
James Kline - Drums : The Dying Season
Current gear: Pearl, Ludwig, Evans and Paiste
All time favorite bands: Metallica, Primus, Skillet, Peter Gabriel
Favorite beer: N/A
Favorite movie: Despicable Me, Matchstick Men, Green Mile
Best concert you've ever been to: Type O Negative
Martin Baker - Drums: Bright Sides to Dark Days, Letter To Fear EP's
(Martin drummed on Bright Sides To Dark Days, and Letter To Fear EP's before taking a brief hiatus while we recorded The Dying Season)
Current gear: Mapex Orion Six Piece, Sabian HHX/Paragon Cymbals
All time favorite bands: Rush, Led Zeppelin, Tool, Rise Against, Weather Report
Favorite Restaurant: The Stinking Rose. San Francisco
Favorite beer: Innis & Gunn (if PBR is not available)
Favorite movie: Top Gun (are there any other movies???)
Best concert you've ever been to: The Who
"Jugghead" - Bass: The Dying Season
Current gear: Carvin V440T, Hartke Amplification and Cabinets, Nady Ture Diversity Wireless, Seymour Duncan Pickups, Boss GT 8 Pedal Board
All time favorite bands: Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Ozzy Osbourne, Dream Theater, Loudness, Iced Earth
Favorite Restaurant: St. Elmo's Steakhouse Indianapolis
Favorite beer: Warsteiner
Favorite movie: Nobody's Fool - Paul Newman
Best concert you've ever been to: Loudness and AC/DC
Mark “Shred” Lentz - Lead Guitar: Letter To Fear EP
Current gear: 2005 Ibanez Prestige 2550 Galaxy Black with DiMarzio LiquiFire and Crunch Lab pickups, 2006 Ibanez Prestige 2570 VSL (Vital Silver) with a 2005 2550 Prestige Neck,a Carbon fiber pickguard and DiMarzio LiquiFire and Crunch Lab pickups. Line 6 Spider Valve HD100 Bogner head with a Line 6 4x12 cabinet with Celestion V30 and Beam blockers
All time favorite bands: Scorpions, Dream Theater, Older Metallica, Ratt, Led Zepplin, Ozzy and anything with Steve Vai
Favorite Restaurant: Texas Roadhouse, and Iria’s, Indianapolis, IN
Favorite beer: Any cold IPA
Favorite video game and/or movie: Full Metal Jacket, Pulp Fiction
Best concerts you've ever been to: AC DC and Loudness, Scorpions, Bon Jovi and Ratt, Foo Fighters, Ozzy and Metallica.
"Jeff Reagan" - Bass: Bright Sides To Dark Days
Current gear: Ampeg SVT 8x10, Ibanez Soundgear 5 String Bass, Dunlop Picks
All time favorite bands: Lamb Of God, Pantera, Metallica, Shadows Fall
Favorite Restaurant: All fo them
Favorite beer: Blue Moon, Wild Turkey
Favorite movie: Goodfellas
Best concert you've ever been to: Shadows Fall and Lamb of God & Slipknot