My name is Anthony Staten. I've been inhabiting this planet since May 8th, 1988. I spent the early part of my life living in the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio, prior to moving to St. Cloud, Minnesota in March of 2010. In the fall of 2015, I relocated to the Minneapolis/St. Paul area to attend McNally Smith College of Music, pursuing a degree in their Guitar Performance program, which sadly came to an unexpected end with the school's abrupt closure at the end of 2017. My wife Katie and I got married on May 16th, 2014, and our daughter Olivia was born on December 21st, 2017. As for my musical history, I began playing guitar at the age of 12, and have added several other instruments to my repertoire in the years since (bass, drums, piano). I've also been singing for practically as long as I've been able to talk. Here is a list of bands I've performed with:
Bullets for the Beautiful (Berea, OH - June 2005-October 2005) - Guitar, vocals
Froot of the Gloom (North Olmsted/Cleveland, OH - April 2006-June 2015) - Lead vocals, guitar
Felonie Cassette (Facebook
) (Medina/Brunswick, OH - May 2008-March 2010) - Guitar, bass, vocals
High Hopes: A Tribute to Pink Floyd (North Olmsted/Cleveland, OH - July 2012-June 2015) - Guitar, vocals
RazerEye (North Olmsted/Cleveland, OH - July 2012-July 2013) - DrumsGeneric Jack
(St. Cloud, MN - May 2014-Present) - Bass, vocalsThanks
(St. Cloud, MN - February 2015-Present) - Bass, vocals, occasional guitar
McNally Smith College of Music's Modern Rock Ensemble (St. Paul, MN - January 2016-December 2016) - Guitar, backing vocals
Megafritz (St. Cloud, MN - March 2016-Present) - Bass
Thank You Pizza (St. Paul, MN - September 2016-May 2017) - Guitar
I've also been performing solo acoustic shows (primarily playing covers) on a semi-regular basis since the spring of 2011. In the summer of 2015, I began experimenting with "one-man band" shows, performing with backing tracks to fill out the sound of a full band while still performing alone.
In terms of significant accomplishments with these bands, Felonie Cassette released an EP, Mashed Potatoes and Graves
, in July of 2009, and played numerous shows around northeast Ohio. While Froot of the Gloom and High Hopes were based out of Ohio, I still found opportunities to perform while visiting my family after I moved to Minnesota in 2010. Both of these projects came to an end in June of 2015, after my dad's battle with cancer no longer allowed him to perform (my dad was the drummer in Froot of the Gloom, and the lead vocalist in High Hopes - he unfortunately passed away on August 31st, 2015). I was actually a "fill-in" drummer for RazerEye, but only played two shows with them over the span of a year (again, due to them being based in Ohio). They broke up sometime in 2014. Generic Jack has been performing frequently all over Minnesota since forming in the spring of 2014, and we've written about 15 songs that are being considered for an album release. Our first single, "Dent (The Ballad of Jackie the Punk)" was released on December 2nd, 2016. I've gigged with Thanks as both a guitarist and bassist on different occasions, but at present I'm primarily their bass player. Thanks frontman Jeff has also lured me into joining his most recent project Megafritz, which means that despite being a guitarist by trade, I'm currently playing bass in three different bands! I also played guitar and sang backup vocals for the Modern Rock ensemble based out of McNally Smith College of Music for the spring and fall semesters in 2016, and also joined their Indie Rock ensemble (a.k.a. Thank You Pizza) as a guitarist for the fall 2016/spring 2017 semesters, culminating in a week-long regional tour in May of 2017, as well as the recording of a song written/sung by our bassist Teghan, "Thank God."