Kane Dennelly – Guitar & Vox
John Gwilliam – Upright Bass
Syd Green – Sticks & bins, producer, engineer, chicken legs, Pink pegs.
John slaps the Double-Bass, affectionately known as “Big Bertha”. Largely influenced by such artists as Lee Rocker (Stray Cats),Bill Black (Elvis Presley), Scott Owen (The Living End) & Jimbo Wallace (Reverend Horton Heat), John predominantly employs the Rock & Roll/Rockabilly slap-bass style, rounding out the low-end and clicking along percussively with the drums in 19-Twenty. Originally picking up bass guitar, John adopted the upright bass in the school orchestra & jazz band. “So the band-leader gave the electric bass-player an amp to use” John reminisces, “but they had no way of amplifying me on the upright. So I slapped the strings as hard as I could – unbeknownst to me, this was a major playing style since the 50’s”. Whilst studying for a Bachelor Of Business Administration degree, John supported himself by playing the NSW club & pub circuit on weekend & teaching music during evenings. “ I think this has been a key ingredient in my approach to music today – to be simple yet effective, and always strive to create true, pure FUN”.
“My first memory of wanting to be a drummer was of my dad in the family’s lounge room rehearsing with his band. At the time, they encouraged me to play the kit and I remember being too small to reach the pedals. The first song I learned to play was Honky Tonk Woman by the Rolling Stones which was fortunate because all I could hit was the cowbell and the snare.”
In 1991 Syd received a call from Melbourne for an audition with #Polygram signed artists, #KillingTime. After getting the gig he relocated to Melbourne with the band and went into the studio to record the EP “Dream Alone”. Dream Alone went to number 13 on the #NationalAriaCharts and rated in the Top 20 on #VideoHits. Killing Time landed a national tour with #JanesAddiction and #BabyAnimals to support the success of the Dream Alone single and also jumped on the outdoor festival #BigDayOut alongside #Silverchair, #TheCruelSea, #IggyPop
Killing Time changed its name to #Mantissa & In 1992 Mantissa recorded their debut album “Mossy God” at Gotham Studios in Melbourne that was recorded and produced by Terry Date (Soundgarden, Pantera, Limp Bizkit).
The first national tour as Mantissa was as support for the #RedHotChilliPeppers, “#BloodSugarSexMagik Tour” – To read more of Syd’s Involvement in Mantissa head to sydgreen.com.au.
From 1997 – 1999 Syd worked simultaneously with another band, Guilding the Lily performing percussion, drums, lapsteel and acoustic guitar, and working alongside James Cadsky (#LeonardosBride, #AlexLloyd) co-mixing Guilding the Lily’s self-titled album
In the years 1999-2003 Syd was asked to appear live with #iota on Ground Zero (Channel Ten). Shortly after, he joined iota as full time drummer and guest guitarist, with Bongo on bass. They toured extensively throughout Australia and various festivals, Glenworth Valley Festival (Oct and Dec, 1999), #ByronBayBlues Festival (2001 and 2003), #Homebake (1999), and Womad in Adelaide.