MARK H – VOCALS
Born in Carluke (Lanarkshire) in July 1984, music has always been a part of my life. Having played several instruments, nothing comes close to the feeling of singing and performing live and hearing people sing your own songs back at you.
Influenced at an early age from watching great performers such as Bon Jovi, Michael Jackson, Foo Fighters & 30 Seconds to Mars, I have always provided a strong voice and put on a show for our crowd. Previously I have been the lead vocalist for both Broken Alphas and 5 Second Warning where my vocalist style and song writing abilities continued to grow to the point that we were supporting major Scottish bands such as Deacon Blue and recording our EP in London with record producers Animal Farm.
Having just returned from being away from the music scene for two years due to professional work commitments as an IT Business Analyst, I knew it was time to reignite my passion for singing and performing live, it was just a matter of waiting for the right opportunity, and it has now taken shape with Concrete Kingdoms. I can’t wait to let everyone hear what we’ve been working on in the studio and look forward to seeing you all soon!
BEN FRASER – GUITARS
I was born in Dunfermline in October 1989, and started playing music at the age of 9 when I took up violin lessons at primary school. This led to playing in various orchestras and groups during my childhood and teens, and developing an understanding of music theory along the way.
During my teens, I was influenced by the music of rock bands such Metallica, Guns N Roses, Aerosmith and latterly developed a fascination for the bands of the grunge scene (Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam etc), and it was these interests that led to me taking up guitar and developing my style in this way. Remember that violin I mentioned earlier? I also took up bagpipes at the age of 15.
Unlike many of my contemporaries, I am entirely self-taught on guitar.
My very first experience playing guitar to an audience came as one half of a Johnny Cash acoustic covers duo, playing mostly local charity and school events but following high school this developed into playing in bands following genres more akin to my rock roots.
My ultimate goal for Concrete Kingdoms is to bring a touch of old school hard rock into the modern day.
Creatively, I am inspired most by the bluesy lead guitar styles of Joe Perry and Slash, and the rockier styles of Kim Thayil and Mike McCready, all of which are evident within the works of Concrete Kingdoms.
MARK FAULDS – GUITARS
GRANT DUNCAN – PERCUSSION / DRUMS
Born and raised in a small village just outside Dunfermline, I was involved with music from a very young age. My father, a keen guitarist and accomplished mandolin player, instilled a passion in me for music that has grown over the years. Like Ben, I am a self-taught guitar and trumpet player and I have already experienced a wide range of live performances, from school concerts at the age of 14 to performing for an audience of 9000 people as part of a brass band in Sweden.
I did not pick up the drums until I moved to Aberdeen in 2004. Whilst studying Physics at the University of Aberdeen, I quickly became part of a group and things really started from there. Over the years I have played in a number of different bands, incorporating a plethora of different styles and genres, and I think the wide range of musicianship and individuality of us all is what really helps Concrete Kingdoms bring something different to the stage.
Away from band duties, I am a Bar Manager in Dunfermline.
Personal tastes and influences; Incubus, Greenday, Rage against the Machine, Runrig, Pantera, YouMeAtSix, Foo Fighters, Funeral for a Friend, Blackstone Cherry and Alterbridge to name but a few.
DOUGLAS FRASER – BASS
I initially learned about music through playing the violin, branching off to bagpipes and then a natural transition led me to bass – I’d like to think this makes me a very rounded musician with regards to style and genre.
Initially brought on board with the CK boys as a ‘temp’ – the band’s search for a permanent Bass player hit a dead-end. So here I am over a year later; still temping… 😉
When I first joined, I wasn’t used to the spotlight and my stage presence was non-existent; I’ve now learned to nod my head in time with the music and sing the odd line – rock on!!
I draw inspiration from the classic rock legends; Led Zeppelin, Pearl Jam, AC/DC and the likes… Being part of CK has massively developed me as a bassist and I thoroughly enjoy gigging with such gifted, like-minded musicians; Neil, Grant and Ben (my brother).
Long may it continue!