Challenger (NYC)

Challenger (NYC)

Challenger began out of desperation. Desperate to feel better, desperate to escape, desperate for something more. Challenger is that cry. Alone, or together, the cry that sounds like a plea but builds momentum and becomes a force of change, of light, of positivity, of love; a change you can dance to.

Additionally – the members are all from Florida (the best state, they agree). John Ross sings, plays guitar, and produced all of the the pre-recorded material. Devyn Waitt plays keys, makes animal noises and is at the helm of the sequencer. She also creates all of the visual accompaniment and media for the videos and live set. John Frank provides the beat, as an accomplished drummer, he is the pulse of Challenger. Ross’ previous bands include Good Morning Engineer and The Influence. Frank was a member of Holiday Shores.

Some of the songs on The World is Too Much for Me found their beginnings while Ross and Waitt were working on the score for the film “Not Waving But Drowning” which Waitt wrote and directed. Ross is the songwriter for Challenger and has been writing music for as long as he can remember. Before this record, he had never spent more than twenty minutes writing a song – The World Is Too Much for Me has been over two years in the making. Ross was working as a staff composer at the time, and constantly in a studio. Many of the sounds on the record were inspired by the feeling of late nights looking out at the lights of lower Manhattan. The band considers themselves ‘epic pop’; as if Sigur Ros had written the Macarena. They have drawn comparisons to Peter Gabriel, Haircut 100, Tanlines, Small Black and Paul Simon.

These songs are brand new, but they’ve lived a life within John Ross. In many ways, this album is a new direction, but at its core, these songs are a continuation of the song he’s been writing since he was fifteen.

Dwight Howard Johnson

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