My Own Army is an Alternative-Indie rock band from Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
With over a decade of making music together, one could call My Own Army veterans of the Dutch rock scene. They have toured around the country in their years and seen bands come and go, in a music genre that unfortunately does not have the popularity it once had in the 90s and early 00s. So, what is it that motivates these guys to continue experimenting musically? What keeps these guys so driven? What inspires them?
Naturally, it’s their love of music. But, there is more to it than just that. With two EPs and a full-length CD behind them, all demonstrating musical growth and experimentation, it seems the band wants to place its own stamp on the music genre that they are a part of and that they love. Where most other bands stop or switch genres when their musical and creative contribution has been exhausted, My Own Army perseveres, relentlessly testing their musical boundaries when bringing their unique sound and musical writing style to the table.
In 2010 the band released its debut EP entitled Throw Away the Silence, recorded under the indie label DGR Music. In 2014, the band continued their musical development and recorded Too Many Faces, a full-length CD released under RVPrecords. As 2016 rolled around, the band began to struggle with their musical identity, ushering in a year of sabbatical from performing live. This gave the band time to concentrate on their sound, the structure of their songs and, all in all, their musical identity. As a result, the band has written ten new songs in the last year, five of which they have recorded in 2017 and 2018 and have released on the 29th of June 2018 as a new EP.
Inspired by bands like Oceansize, Soundgarden, Elbow and Tool, My Own Army is continually looking to surpass their boundaries both musically and lyrically. The band gives a strong and energetic live performance of approximately one hour, mixing a bombastic bass-and-drums-driven rock sound, with melodic and atmospheric vocals, backing vocals, and wailing lead guitars.