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BENVENUE [pronounced, Ben-vuh-new] planted its roots in 2004 when Francis Blay (vocals) and Sid Slater (guitar) started writing songs together in Sid's Berkeley, CA apartment where they met while attending UC Berkeley, playing for Cal football. After graduation, Francis moved back home to LA and Sid, enrolled at MI (Musician’s Institute) and continued to write music. They decided to move back to Nor Cal, making it home. The band officially came together in 2008 when Cal teammate Erik ‘Erob’ Robertson (bass) and Sid’s childhood friend, Moon (drums) completed the quartet in 2008. Self-Categorized as modern alternative melodic hard rock, Erik Cameron from said "Benvenue don't care for the local trends and their creative efforts are extremely rare and powerful." Seguing from staggering riffs into soaring melodies without ever breaking stride, the band conjures hard-hitting grooves and anthem like hooks, paving the way for an undeniable sound. Musically, the band slowly started cultivating a style that was reminiscent of Incubus, with a political edge like Rage Against the Machine, while brandishing its own fire. More than simply delivering on their promises, the band will connect with listeners worldwide. Despite a brief hiatus, Benvenue has no musical expiration.