The foundations of the band were laid in late 2002 but education slowed progress until late 2005. Vocalist Mikey then brought together the band, a five piece blend of youth and experience, through the wonders of the internet and Serpico was born as a live act that has begun to leave its mark on the UK gig circuit. Recent gigs have included highly praised support slots for multi-platinum acts such as Paradise Lost in London and a hometown support for US giants AFI, as well as tour supports for established Brit Rockers InMe and up-and-coming stars Lost Alone.
High profile support slots with fast rising Roadrunner Records stars Black Stone Cherry and horror-punk/metal singer, Wednesday 13 around the UK and Europe were highly successful at the end of 2007. Moving to 2008, Serpico lined up a January tour with Stone Gods (formed from the ashes of gazillion selling bombastic rockers The Darkness), followed by their most successful tour to date supporting Seattle goth punks Aiden. The end of the year saw them tour with Kill Hannah, and more exciting tours slated for the coming months...
February will also see the band re-enter Chapel Studios with Rhys Fulber to record their debut album.
From Black Sabbath to Bad Religion; Alice in Chains to Avenged Sevenfold; Metallica to Maiden – the band take their influences from wherever in the world of rock’n’roll they see fit. The result is a sound that’s difficult to pigeon hole, easy to enjoy. Far from the bandwagon-jumping trends of angular haircuts, blast beats and screaming, Serpico instead have “written instantly catchy songs that will remain lodged firmly in your head for days” (War Heart Reviews)
The Serpico EP was recorded at the Chapel Studios, Lincolnshire with top Canadian producer Rhys Fulber (Fear Factory, Machinehead) and engineer Will Bartle (Bullet for my Valentine, Funeral for a Friend) and then mixed at The Green Jacket, in Richmond, Canada by ace mixing engineer Greg Reely (Fear Factory, Devildriver).
The songs are sometimes dark and heavy but always melodic, with “chorus hooks capable of landing a great white” (Moderate Rock Reviews) In a triumph of substance over style, it’s these songs that have both attracted the attention of Fulber and Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson (who featured the band on his BBC radio show).
What the critics have been saying about the Serpico EP:
“…the birth of Edinburgh's Serpico is worth celebrating; there's enough quality hooks to suggest mighty things are afoot here. With production from Rhys Fulber (Fear Factory) you'd expect nothing less, but all would be lost if the material was without meat. Thankfully, the opposite is the case - these are dark, muscular movements with rippling, polished guitar, a kind of mangle of Killing Joke and Avenged Sevenfold. There's ambition and complexity, but nothing that isn't accessible. For Fans Of: Alice in Chains, Avenged Sevenfold”
4/5 - Steve Beebee, Kerrang!
“Massive slabs of punk-infused three chord wondrousness. A snotty teenage HIM, or a Scottish-accented Misfits or Layne Stayley singing Funeral For A Friend at a karaoke party. Serpico sit somewhere in the hinterland between 90s metal (a la Deftones), melodic hardcore (like Ignite) and post-grunge stuff like Stone Temple Pilots. Cerebral music for people who like some weight behind their rock.”
Katie Parsons, Metal Hammer ‘Incoming’ Feature
“Anthemnic, chest-beating punky metal… full throttle, balls-out hard rock as it were meant to be. And, in the spirit of AC/DC, we salute them for it.”
Nightshift Magazine, Oxford
“… a polished, raucous sheen of distortion and melodic vocals… in Kultura, Serpico bring the mosh. It's a pacy, rhythmic thrash-out with intelligent syncopations evocative of the Foos or QOTSA. Definitely enough here to merit checking them out live.”James Borthwick, The Skinny Magazine
“A metallic riffing machine with perfectly singable verses and choruses. An attempt at merging sneering punk with the more dissonant delights of metal, it's like a younger Velvet Revolver…”
Brad Barrett – Play Music Magazine
“…a band fronted by a man with a very cool name – Mikey Serpico!”
Bruce Dickinson – Iron Maiden legend