UNITY, the new band founded by drummer Michael Ehré and guitarist Henjo Richter (both of GAMMA RAY),has signed a deal with Steamhammer/SPV. The group is currently recording its debut album for an early 2017 release.
Along with their two figureheads, Richter and Ehré, UNITY consists of Gianba Manenti (vocals),Stef E (guitar),Jogi Sweers (bass) and Sascha Onnen (keyboards),all of them musicians that many fans have been familiar with since Ehré's band LOVE.MIGHT.KILL arrived on the scene.
"During many gigs and countless hours in the rehearsal room, Michael and I discovered that we are on the same wavelength, on a personal as well as on a musical level. So we came up with the idea of focusing that part of our creativity that goes beyond GAMMA RAY in another band," Richter explains. "UNITY features the perfect lineup for that."
Ehré is equally enthusiastic: "We're proud and more than happy to have found a strong partner in SPV/Steamhammer who enjoy an excellent reputation on a global level," he says. "The amazing experience and great passion with which Olly Hahn has helmed the label for many years are awesome. We're really looking forward to our fruitful collaboration and will ensure together that UNITY gets off to a successful start."
Olly Hahn, A&R at Steamhammer, places great hopes on his new signing: "The outstanding songwriting and great technical skill of everybody involved are unmistakable. For this reason, UNITY suits the Steamhammer team perfectly and we will continue to work flat out for our artists in 2017."
Pictured above from left to right: Michael Ehre (UNITY),Olly Hahn (A&R, Steamhammer)