About Memphis In June - band history. Memphis In June was formed in 2004 from two existing bands. Over a year before, while each were still in one of these bands, bassist Matt Manyak and drummer Stephen O'Sicky had been talking about starting a hardcore band on the side. Then, after about a year, both bands coincidentally decided to break up around the same time. Matt and Steve decided to start the band they had always talked about, and they started looking for guitar players and a singer. Matt called Brett Palmer, a friend from his old band, and the three started practicing together without a singer or second guitarist. Things started to click and at their first practice they almost wrote a whole song. Matt and Brett then invited a guitar player named Matt Reeves to join the band, and Steve found a singer named Joe Cipriano, from Philadelphia, on a website called pahardcore.com. Now a complete band, the five started practicing extensively and played a few shows under the name Tears For The King. But at the end of summer 2004, Matt Reeves and Brett went away to college. Reeves planned to come back, but Brett decided to call it quits. From that point, things started going down hill for the band. Steve quit and Joe moved back to Pennsylvania and restarted his old band, In The Eyes Of. In October 2004, Matt Manyak found a new guitar player named Dustin Phillips and Steve rejoined the band. Matt Reeves came back from college and rejoined the band, as well. Still needing a singer, Matt ask his friend Ben South if he would like to give it a try. Once again a complete band, they practiced non-stop for a few months, writing new songs and getting tighter as friends and as a band. They originally planned to resume playing under the name Tears For The King, but they soon decided they were a whole new band and they needed a new name. For a short time, they were known as The Burning, but several members of the band - as well as a couple of friends - hated that name. They finally decided on Memphis In June, taking that name from a lyric in a Bob Dylan song. Now, Memphis In June is tighter than ever, and has recently released their first CD, "A Cry, a Prayer, a Song," and continues to play in venues around South Jersey and beyond. Memphis in June continues to develop a fan base around the region. More information about the band and its music can be found at www.myspace.com/memphisinjune. With your support, Memphis In June will continue to grow, to rock, and to make friends wherever they go. God willing, of course.
Memphis In June: Ben South - Vocals Matt Manyak - Bass Dustin Phillips - Guitar Stephen O'Sicky - Drums Matthew Reeves - Guitar, Vocals
old members: Joe Cipriano - Vocals Brett Palmer - Guitar