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You Fail Me

Music works in mysterious ways and it brings people from different backgrounds together as friends working towards the same goals. In Oct. 2004, the above statement held true as the foundation of Springfield, MO's You Fail Me was built.The group originated when bassist Drew Farmer and guitarist Steven Fulmer met in Media Theory class at the University of Southwest Missouri State. Within days the twowere jamming and had found a lead singer, whom Drew had met and became friends with the semester before. A week later the band was holed up in a friends basement writing parts to what would become the band's first song "Unknowing." In late Oct., the group became a four piece with the addition of drummer Chad Bechtel, who the group met through Steven's girlfriend. Even though Bechtel is the youngest and only member still in high school, the four began to build a bond. In Nov. of 2004, the band would finally find the missing piece to the puzzle by adding second guitarist and main songwriter Brett Gregory. Gregory had been friends with Fulmer, but was only asked to join the band on a whim when the four were stumped on finding a fifth member. Gregory who moved to Springfield from Kansas City brought his musically knowledge and experience in the Kansas City music scene to the group. Turning what might have been a rock/emo group into a fierce guitar harmonizing, vocal shredding, scream-core juggernaut. After only three months of practice, which included numerous holiday breaks from college and getting kicked out of their practice space, the five piece known as You Fail Me made their debut at a battle of the bands competition. The band received third place out of ten bands, ten bands who had been together for atleast a year. A week later the group made their hometown debut with only a four song set that was described as intense, unexpected and fun. Since their first show the band has gigged around the Springfield metro area building a hometown fanbase that has branched out throughout portions of the midwest. You Fail Me intends on hitting the pavement and playing around the midwest in the summer of 2005. In only three months of playing shows, You Fail Me has opened for Victory Records' Dead To Fall, Ferret Records' LoveHateHero, independent rock artist E.W.I. and Geffen Records' artist Rooney. Playing with these artist shows the band's ability to appeal to different audiences and play with bands from different generes. With a new 3 song demo, a wealth of shows already booked and an average age of 20 years old and full of youthful exuberance You Fail Me is poised to mark out their niche one fan at a time.

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