Sensual Million is a song writing acoustic act formed in 2003. The band has previously unreleased material as well as an 8 song cd entitled, The Soul Sessions which was recorded in early 2005. Sensual Million will be releasing an anticipated full-length offering in early 2009 with the addition of percussion.
Sensual Million first took form in October of 2002 as a side project. Jimmy P. was a guitarist in a band that Frank Rowland managed and in their spare time they began writing a few acoustic songs. Fast forward to June 2004! Jimmy, after the break-up of his band Blite, joined as a guitarist in Stick's band Invasive. Jimmy and Frank were a double guitar attack in a hardcore metal band! Through the remainder of 2004 both Jimmy and Frank played shows with Invasive but eventually quit and decided to go back to the acoustic music. Jimmy laid down his guitar to pursue his passion as a vocalist, while Frank laid down his Les Paul and Marshall stack to solely write, compose and play acoustic. After writing a catalog of 15+ original songs, Sensual Million took official form in December of 2004. As a songwriting duo, Jimmy P. and Frank (Stick) Rowland write from emotion drawing on a wide array of music influences. The Soul Sessions, an 8 song collection which was recorded in one day, in a 'live' take session with Curtis Parham of T.A.P. Studios. The goal of the The Soul Sessions was to capture the live, raw performance of Jimmy's melodically dripping vocals, and the emotion driven guitar by Stick. This is where the story begins, and where "you have to lose that frame to achieve"...
We have played clubs in St. Louis. We once played a Layne Staley tribute show.
We are serious fans of the bands Tool and A Perfect Circle to name the heavy side of things. We have a great admiration for contemporary acts such as Coldplay, U2, Dredg, and Ryan Adams. Some of our greatest influences are classic acts Simon & Garfunkel, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Steely Dan.
The emo balladry of this St. Louis guitar-pop duo recalls the affecting acoustic moments of Radiohead's "Hail to the Thief." Jimmy P. and F. (Stick) Rowland seem to bear the weight of the world in minimalist, minor-key tunes that lend truth to the maxim of pain producing art.
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