Tried For Treason spawned from three different bands in the Southeast Missouri area in an effort to create an all-original heavy metal band. The band's primary songwriter, Jake Franks (Vocals, Guitar), formerly of the masked metal band Audio Sideshow, had a catalog of original material that needed a full band. He met Randy Mallett (Drums) in September 2012, and the two began to collaborate and toss ideas around. Although Mallett had been idle since the split of his prior band, grunge rockers Inkognito in 2006, he was more than ready to join up with Franks. Especially after realizing how talented he was on the guitar (a talent initially disregarded by Mallett due to Franks' younger age). Filling out the band was Brandon Reeder (Bass), formerly of Butchered, a death metal band Mallett managed years earlier. Although Reeder was primarily a drummer, he also played bass and was looking for a band to join. The trio got together for a few practices, and in October 2013, Tried For Treason (a name inspired by a dream Mallett's mother had) was officially born.
The band began piecing together original songs one by one, and combined them with cover songs to have enough material to begin booking shows. So in December 2012, TFT played its first gig - at a VFW hall in Kennett, MO to around 100 people.
After four months of rehearsing and pre-production, TFT entered Underline Studios in Poplar Bluff, MO in April 2013 to record their debut EP, "Weight of Words".
On October 21st, 2013, the band announced that Justin "Boz" Boswell, would be replacing Reeder in the band. Boswell, a widely respected and extremely talented bassist (and longtime friend of Mallett and Franks) had just recently toured Europe with his former band Starroy, but parted ways with the group just weeks before.
Big news! TFT is hella proud to announce the name of their new bass player - none other than Justin (Boz) Boswell! Boz has been around the scene for years so most of you know him already. He brings a wealth of experience and talent to the table, and we're absolutely 1,000% stoked to have him in the band.
Boz has served in the local music scene for well over 15 yrs. He has always had a fondness and strong desire to jam with anyone and everyone, keeping a close bond with SEMO's music scene. He has toured both nationally and internationally in prior bands. Boz will be hitting the low notes for TFT, effective immediately.
From Boz: "I am excited to be going back to a familiar place in my music journey, and that is back to my metal roots. Jamming with Tried For Treason is like revisiting the ghost of the truest music scene I have ever known - in the Manhattan Room (Sikeston) and Enchanted Forest (Cape Girardeau). It had awaken an old passion that had been trapped within for so long."
Stay tuned for more news from TFT. We're in the process of writing and rehearsing more songs, so we hope to be booking shows in the very near future.
We'd also like to thank our former/original bass player Brandon Reeder, for nearly a year's worth of service, many gigs and recording our debut EP with us. He's a very talented musician so he will undoubtedly be busy with other projects soon. We wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors, and have no doubt he will be successful in whatever musical path he decides to pursue.
Tried For Treason in St. Louis This Saturday!
Join the band as they play the FUBAR Lounge in St. Louis this Saturday, May 4th. The new EP "Weight of Words" will be available at the show! More info @ http://www.fubarstl.com/event/225415-virtue-after-me-flood-st-louis/
TFT Has Three #1's On The Soundclick.com Charts!
In less than a month after its release, Tried For Treason's debut EP has three tracks charting VERY well on the Soundclick.com charts. Based on unique plays, all three tracks have hit #1! "Weight of Words" in Hard Rock, "Hands of Wealth" in Alternative Metal and "Measures of Fate" in Other Alternative (each song is charted in a different genre/sub-genre). Those same tracks are also #3 in Metal (out of 106,362 songs), #5 in Alternative (out of 185.495 songs) and #6 in Rock (out of 249,012 songs).
TFT's debut EP "Weight of Words" released April 4th!
The highly anticipated debut album from Tried For Treason has been completed, is available around the internet; Facebook, Twitter, ReverbNation, iTunes, Amazon, etc. Check it out!
Fundraiser for Riley Sloan, local 10 year old boy who was a victim of child abuse. For more info, please visit https://www.facebook.com/RockN4Riley Bands appearing; Tried For Treason, Disgruntled Bastards, Oh The Fire, Ernie Lewis Band, Embers in Flames. First band goes on at 3pm. Alcohol served later (around 6pm). $10 entry gets you a bottomless cup!
Nov, 22 09:00 PM
TFT is back! At Pitter's Lounge in Cape Girardeau, MO, with Primer 55! We're damn stoked to be playing with these guys. One of the members played bass for Soulfly, and they have been on tour with Slipknot, Machine Head and many others, including playing Ozzfest. Our brothers Bleed The Devine and Lucid Minds also appearing!
Nov, 30 09:00 PM
Tried For Treason live @ Thirstyz (Malden, MO) with Disgruntled Bastards, Alex Beaird, Jerry Foster. $5 admission/purchase tickets at the door. 100% of proceeds go to local musician's family, who is struggling with finances due to illness.
Feb, 07 09:00 PM
Join TFT as we share the stage with Killer Operating System and The Adegan.