Body Found is...
Al Fischer - Drums
Andy Garcia - Guitars
Ray Mahoubi - Vocals
Greg Snider - Bass
About The Band
When the alternative rock quartet Body Found formed in the summer of
1992, none of its members really expected much attention. But their early
success energized them to write more original material and refine a distinctive
style which combines eclectic lyrical content, distinct melodies, and
parapsychedelic grooves. They fast became one of the most popular
alternative acts in the "Athens of the Midwest", St. Louis.
Vocalist Ray Mahoubi came to the band after fronting
the Kansas City trio
dubbed "The Problem". His vocal talent fuses a nervy Alex-Chilton-like edge
with quirky interpretations of David Bowie's classic underground style. He
serves as primary lyricist as well as sole vocalist which provided an evident
freedom of performance.
Sean Gorman, lead guitarist, brings a multi-influenced brand of all-out rock
instrumentalism. He served time in the L.A. and Memphis music scenes
before settling down in his home town St. Louis.
Bassist Greg Snider combines catchy influences of the 80's southern
alternative scene with more moody progressions of the so-called "Seattle scene".
Along with Gorman, he provides the song-writing abilities that have set the
Completing the rhythm section is drummer Al Fischer, another St. Louis' native
who has ample experience in the city's alternative roots. He provides the
power that sends both songs and stick fragments soaring.
In the Spring of '92, Body Found recorded its eponymous debut at Music
Masters Recording studios in the heart of St. Louis. The eight
all-original tracks showcase a variety of styles while maintaining a uniquely
consistent guitar-oriented sound.
Body Found proved its consistency in the 1992 St. Louis' Song-Writing
Contest sponsored by Blueberry Hill Records with top 5 entry in the alternative
category, with the song "Who You Want". Additionally, the song "To Be
Dead", an eerie ode to the afterlife, placed in the top 10 in the category and
climbed to #21 on the "Top 40 Hot Wax Countdown" on KYMC, once the city's only
dedicated alternative station. The band was a guest on the
station's alternative showcase, "Local Anesthesia".
Body Found has been well-received by the press. Brad Touche,
music critic for Spotlight Magazine, was at times critical of the local music scene.
However, he was impressed by Body Found. His assessment: "Hold on...
these guys are good! This act has something a lot of local bands don't -
strong originality. If the St. Louis' scene was like this, I probably
wouldn't complain so much.". More recently, the band were guests on St.
Louis' #1-rated radio morning show, the Steve and D.C. Show, with over 50,000
listeners. And finally, their television debut was on Double Helix's "The
Show" with a rare acoustic set.
Apparently, the complaints have been few and far between. Body Found
became a solid weekend attraction with its "no covers" policy. Regular
appearances at key clubs such as the Hi Pointe and Cicero's helped firm the
band's reputation. They later moved into larger venues with appearances at
Mississippi Nights and toured cities like Kansas City and Cincinnati.