Twisted State of Mind are a British heavy metal band consisting of three 13 year olds who are making a big impact around the UK. They formed at the Witchwood School of rock in September 2011. They are:Luke Ashby,Ben Comley and Damon Marshall
They’ve been gigging hard over the last two years, with many club and festival performances which have included supporting ex-Guns n’ Roses star Duff Mckagan and his band The Walking Papers (they were even joined on stage by Duff for a song, check it out onYouTube). Other memorable performances include sharing a stage with Tony Hadley of Spandau Ballet, performing a rocked up version of his hit “Gold” (also onYouTube). They did 27 gigs in 2012, and 2013 has seen them travel across the UK from Wales to Wigan, with some October dates being booked for the U.S.A.
They had a run in with David Cameron over a battle of the bands competition in 2012 called Rock the House, where Prime Minister David Cameron was in charge of judging the bands. He closed the competition to Twisted State of Mind before the competition deadline and would not allow them to take part (maybe he knew of their reputation as hard rockers?). This resulted in extensive TV, radio and press coverage – after which Mr Cameron unsurprisingly did a very quick “U turn” putting them through to the next round along with a personal letter wishing them luck!
They’ve had high praise from a number of live reviews including Ollie Hynes of Metal Underground magazine who wrote “I was blown away by their performance as they fully engaged with the audience “. Andy Pett from Riffs bar Swindon described them as “the new age of British heavy metal” and Rob Toogood from The Cardiff Fuel rock club wrote “Simply incredible”. Their CD RISE was reviewed by Oxford Nightshift who said “For a trio of twelve-year-olds it’s little short of staggering”,and byFrenzy Fire who said “Overall, one of the most impressive debuts I’ve ever heard”
They’ve been gigging almost every weekend supporting bands such as Steve Grimmets (Onslaught/Grim Reaper) Sanity Days, Motherload, Stuka Squadron (now Iron Knights), Severenth, Hi on Maiden and also done a number of headlining sets. Some of the venues they have played include the O2 Academy Oxford, The Fuel Rock Club Cardiff, The Kaff Wigan, The Facebar Reading, Riffs Bar Swindon, The Furnace Swindon and of course their local Fat Lils Witney, although their ultimate goal is to play at the Download Festival! They have been played on BBC Radio Oxford, Biker Rock Radio, Midlands Metalheads radio, Harborough FM and Fire Brand Rock Radio in Melbourne Australia.
They’ve just released their latest track for a charity CD which is a cover version of the REM song Everybody Hurts which was launched at the Leicester Soundhouse May 2013. On the back of this and the US airplay it received along with their RISE EP, the boys were invited over to the US in October 2013 to headline SavFest in New Jersey. The boys are currently recording their second EP entitled “Bury The Bitch” which should be available in the autumn.