State of Play

Live Act Alternative Alternative Rock Hip Hop
State of Play - Alternative Alternative Rock Hip Hop Live Act in London

State of Play Short Info

Fusing elements of blues-based rock, socially conscious hip hop, and Alternative influences, State of Play deliver a refreshingly distinctive signature sound.

State of Play’s front of house consists of: the contemplative and mindful lyrics of East Londoner, Anthony (A-Mens) Mensah, an arresting array of vocal talent, provided by the Edinburgh native Missy McAnulty and finally Ahmar (S.V) Ferguson, delivering a balance of explosive passion with soulful nuances, whilst making conspicuous nods to his Jamaican heritage. These varied vocal styles are delivered with equal measures of flowing rhythmic diction, energy and passion.

The rhythm section is a tight partnership of Will Kerr on the bass and Ben Spooner on the Drums. Will’s Bass arrangements effortlessly compliment the evolving sound of the band, interlocking precisely with the uniquely nimble style of Ben’s drums. This duo of grooving versatility seamlessly transcend styles, something which has quickly become a recognisable S.O.P trait.

Alex (Fando) Fernandes, is a prodigiously self-taught guitarist, equally at home with noisy experimentation and precise bluesy chromaticism. Also highly accomplished writer across a range of instruments, he is the distinct creative force behind some of the signature tracks.

Together they map a vast musical territory and are capable of evoking, in the space of just a few bars, the laid back neo-soul swagger of The Roots, the wearied tenderness of Lauryn Hill, or the raw drive of Rage Against the Machine.

Fusing elements of blues-based rock, socially conscious hip hop, and Alternative influences, State of Play deliver a refreshingly distinctive signature sound.

State of Play’s front of house consists of: the contemplative and mindful lyrics of East Londoner, Anthony (A-Mens) Mensah, an arresting array of vocal talent, provided by the Edinburgh native Missy McAnulty and finally Ahmar (S.V) Ferguson, delivering a balance of explosive passion with soulful nuances, whilst making conspicuous nods to his Jamaican heritage. These varied vocal styles are delivered with equal measures of flowing rhythmic diction, energy and passion.

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Past Gigs State of Play

  • 01 | 2015 London Wormfood @ Hootananny's
  • 01 | 2015 London Jubilee Club @ Camden Barfly

Media

  • Video State of Play - Borderlines...

Origin

  • London GB

Founded

  • 2012

Members

  • Anthony Mensah Rapper
  • Missy McAnulty Singer
  • Ahmar Ferguson Singer
  • Alex Fernandes Guitarist
  • Will Kerr Bassist
  • Ben Spooner Drummer