New Band of the Day: TBP

Mario aka TBP
Mario aka TBP

Sometimes all it takes is a random post on some group or other to catch my attention. Like the one I saw on “I fucking love heavy metal” earlier by Mario Contarino.

Mario is TBP [link to a different TBP… see below] . It’s an instrumental rock “group”, or more a project I guess, with all the music created and performed by him. Actually, here’s the post word for word:

I’m an Italian guy, of Rome,
who suffers an muscular dystrophy disease,
and I’m connected to a respirator day and night.
I compose instrumental rock music with the computer,
and my project is named TBP.
I’d like that the whole world knows my story and my music,
to understand that life can be lived in all conditions!
Share it please!

Rock On!
Mario Contarino.

Mario was diagnosed with MD when he was five, but plodded on with life and going as far as forming a band in 2000 for which he played drums. They played over 600 concerts, but in 2006 he made the decision to leave the band. Partly as he wasn’t getting on with the other members… and partly as he no longer had the strength to drum.

Incidentally, I’m taking a shot in the dark here, but I’m guessing the band name refers to the  TATA-binding protein (TBP) which has been linked to certain neurodegenerative disorders.

So he has one more issue to deal with than many of us and, yes, it caught my eye. Key to this, though, is – is the music any good?

Perhaps surprisingly, given that it’s completely computer-generated, yes it is. It certainly sounds electronic, that’s for sure. But it’s the music itself that matters and it’s undeniably rocky.

To say that TBP shouldn’t count as rock or metal would be like saying Apocalyptica shouldn’t count. Or Van Canto. Because of the very synth-like sound to the music, it’s almost a trip down memory lane for us old fans of the 8-bit and 16-bit computer games!

TBP’s debut album, Universe of Emotions, is available now. Here’s a track from it so you can get an idea of what to expect:

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