Without Sanity, from Manchester, UK, play a mix of Hard Rock and Acoustic with Metal overtones and influences.
All the instrumentation, composing, arranging, recording and production is done by one guy (with occasional special guests).
Allen Vincent – Guitar, Drums, Keys, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Production, Programming, making the tea.
Music became a huge part of my life at a very young age. Me and my Dad used to listen to great old rock and metal, such as Hendrix, Sabbath, Zeppelin, Hawkwind, Pink Floyd, etc., all the time, often late into the night. I took up drums at 11 years old and started playing guitar when I was 15. I was in a couple of small bands but we never did anything, aside from playing covers in my music room, a spare bedroom in my Mum and Dad’s house. It was then that I first started writing music. In fact, pretty much all of the material on the first EP is material from way
After I finished 6th Form College, I went to SSR (The School Of Sound Recording, Manchester) and did an audio production course, specialising in Pro Tools. Before I had finished the course, I got a job as a pro sound engineer in a small company that makes radio advertisements and stuff. I also met the love of my life. It was at this point that my music fell by the wayside. I already had a few tracks written and recorded but I just never did anything with them. Writing became harder, as I was happy all the time. The teenage angst was gone and it took a lot of my muse with it.
Fast forward a few years, to 2012. I answered an offer on an online forum to contribute to the upcoming album of a band called Undead Fishtank. I found myself back in the studio for the first time in years, collaborating with someone in the US, through the power of the internet, and it felt amazing. After that, I decided I was going to make a real effort to get the tracks I had sorted out and to write and record some new ones.
Shortly after, I finally release On The Precipice. This EP is basically all my older tracks, remixed and mastered.
Special thanks to Mark Ellis, who played the awesome bass line on Virtue and Reward and massive thanks to Shane Lynch, of Undead Fishtank, for reignighting my love for playing and recording music.
As soon as I was done with On The Precipice, I started writing new material, which would eventually become my first full length album, The Dark. It is partly inspired by a book by Sir Terry Pratchett, from the Discworld series, called Thud!. Anyone familiar with the book might well notice where the book influenced the music. It’s probably most notable in Waiting Dark (Intro), The Dark, Fire In The Blackness and Who Watches The Watchman.
The Dark took a long time to complete. Firstly, it was an issue with equipment. The gear I had just wasn’t delivering the music in my head, so I upgraded, buying a whole slew of new gear. All in all, the album has been re-recorded, fully or partially, at least three times over the 3 years between conception and release. Honestly, I could probably go over and over it but it got to a point where I wasn’t really improving it. I was just becoming obsessive. So, in 2015, I finally released it.
I don’t know what the next step will be, but I’m going to have fun finding out!