1991 - 1993: The early years

mesh were founded in 1991. Rich used to be in a band with Neil. It was then that they met Mark on a concert. Mark was also a keyboardist but in a different band. During conversations, which were mainly about music, they got along together right away. Later, they decided to try a few new ideas in the studio because it was obvious for them that the bands they were in didnít have a long life expectancy. The first song they recorded together was Waste Of Time.

Mark had never sung in a band before. But as he was the only one who was willing to sing, he took over the part of the vocalist. Moreover, Mark believed that only a writer, who sings his songs himself, can put the right feeling into the piece. Rich and Mark normally write the rough structure of the tune. Mark then adds the lyrics to it that develop during their sessions in the studio. Neil doesnít get his creative inspiration until he is either in the studio or when he indulges in his hobby, photography.

Over the course of time, quite a collection of equipment had been accumulated in the house of Richís mother. This provided the basis for their recording studio (only a small room at the beginning). With huge racks full of studio electronics and three sweating bodies, it was soon far too small. The singing was originally recorded in the attic, but finally, they moved to an extension, with an integrated room for recordings of vocals. There was not only enough room for their complete equipment setup, but also for a sofa, TV, VCR and a Nintendo to have a bit of diversion. These luxuries were used often while spending long evenings and weekends recording in the studio.

In the meantime, their demo tapes were already popular enough to allow them to play early small concerts. meshís first performance was in the Mauretania in Bristol, then in the Flag Club in London at a later date. The band tried hard to get a record contract with a label at that time, but met with limited success. Although they attracted lots of attention, nobody wanted to sign them. But the band carried on playing concerts, recording chart compatible material to impress the record labels, only to set up meetings and then get rejected again. During that frustrating time, the band had released three tracks on a CD for Future Music, a leading music magazine. Headstone, Hurt and Crisis were very well received by magazineís readers. After that, the popularity of the band rose so much that a mailing list was created. That list strengthened the bandís faith that there was a market for their music. And as nobody wanted to sign them, there was only one way...

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