|Al X. Bellanca|
Intrinsic was a Subvert-Rock band formed in Greece in July 2006 by brothers Alex and Michael "Nitro" Bellanca. The group was originally known as Xanthium from 2006-2008. They released an LP as Xanthium titled "Glass Monkey" on May 20, 2007. They released their first EP as Intrinsic titled "Just A Kick-Ass Demo" on October 31, 2008. Intrinsic would take a break from live shows for one year from June 2010 until June 2011 in order to find a drummer and the proper bass player. Intrinsic has released four studio albums, two LPs, four EPs, and plan to release one live album, and one compilation album by the summer of 2017.
Intrinsic began their career as Xanthium in July 2006 after Alex and Nitro's previous band Status fell apart. The group started out with Alex on guitar, Kevin "Rebel" Hannon on bass, and Michael Nitro on drums and vocals. Vincent "Vinnie-J" Rodeo joined on bass along with Jeremia Shannon on lead vocals that October. With Kevin on second guitar, Xanthium played their first venue show at the Penny Arcade on January 25, 2007 with Nailed Shut (later Reverend Sharpton/Given Strength) and White Washed Comas (later If I Die Tonight). This was all three groups debut show and they packed the venue with over a 170 person crowd.
Intrinsic, then known as Xanthium put out an 8 Track LP titled "Glass Monkey" on May 20, 2007 at a house show for J-Mamma and Nitro's 16th/17th Birthday(s). This was the first album released through XTM Records, Intrinsic's private record label. The following week, J-Mamma and Vinnie-J were released from the band and Kevin Rebel returned to bass. That July, the band played a Battle of the Bands where they met Travelator who would greatly influence Intrinsic musically from that point onward.
Over the next year, the group played multiple shows and wrote many songs, most of which would never be recorded/released. In July 2008, Xanthium announced that Kevin Rebel would be leaving the band in September. The following month, they recorded their first EP "Just A Kick Ass Demo" at Blackdog Recordings (which was released that Halloween) in the same room where Metallica recorded their "Kill Em All" record 25 years earlier. The band also announced that Kevin's final show would be on September 20 at the Montage with Shelflyfe. Later that week in August, they announced that Kevin's replacement would be Justin "J-Snap" Russell and that they will be changing their name immediately after the Shelflyfe show.
Intrinsic played their debut show under their new name on January 4, 2009 in Canandaigua, NY. The trio began writing new material at this time as well, and continued to play shows around the Upstate area. On July 22, 2009, they released their debut studio album "Ultraviolence" at the Brew Haus. Intrinsic played the final show ever hosted by the Penny Arcade that September.
In November 2009, Justin moved to Jacksonville, Florida, forcing the band to find a replacement. Though only temporary, Andreas Meyris filled in on bass for the group. Intrinsic would partake in a battle of the bands in February 2010 where in which the winner would open for the Sunstreak. Intrinsic won, but the Sunstreak's manager decided Intrinsic did not have the "proper sound or look" that he wanted. They emailed the band and apologized, informing Intrinsic that the runner-up band would be opening the show instead.
Intrinsic played one final show on April 10, 2010 at the California Brew Haus. This would be the bands Cobbs show for almost a year and a half. They wanted to take time off to work on the band's overall sound and to decide on the direction they would take the band in the future. Justin moved back to Rochester in August and rejoined the band.
The New Era
In February 2011, Justin Russell left Intrinsic and was replaced by bassist Skyler Smith (future Goron member). The band entered Watchmen Studios that July and recorded four demos with Doug White, the studio's owner and only engineer. Intrinsic added Comedown vocalist/guitarist Phil Tharp to the group as their drummer in November. The band released it's second EP "Just Another Kick-Ass Demo" on October 31, 2011. On May 20, 2012, Skyler Smith was released from the band; it was made official through Intrinsic's Facebook page later that evening. The band said "he is heading in a different direction than the rest of us. That's not a bad thing though. We have always supported him in everything he has done and we will continue to do so. We could have made it work, but he's a lot like us; once he wants to do something, he does it."
The group entered Arrhythmia Recording Studios in Rochester, New York on August 6, 2012 to record their second studio album "Escape From Instinct" with Micah Etzel. The entire 12 track album was recorded in 8 hours. Alex recorded all guitar and bass tracks and some backing vocals. Nitro recorded all drums, lead vocals and most backing vocals. The band officially released the album on November 27, 2012 through XTM Records. Kevin Spicer became Intrinsic's bassist on July 15, 2012 and was released on January 25, 2013 after they put out their third EP "Yet Another Kick-Ass Demo". Intrinsic released their second LP (first one as Intrinsic) "Songs From The Post-Apocalyptic Generation" on May 21, 2013. Alex and Nitro re-entered Arrhythmia Studios to record their sophomore album "Artificial Intelligence" with Micah Etzel in February 2013. They wrapped up their sessions that August. Spaz Spaziani (Guitarist and Vocalist of Lupis) became the band's fifth bassist in September. The Artificial Intelligence album was released on October 12, 2013.
Rise of Popularity
In February 2014, Ryan Hurley (ex-Quartershots upright bassist and vocalist and current Bygone Few guitarist) joined as the bands first ever second guitarist. Intrinsic spent the majority of the 2014 year playing shows. They recorded drums with Micah Etzel that July at Arrhythmia Studios. As they continued playing shows, the group recorded their fourth studio album between November 2014 and March 2015. Intrinsic played a show with the Ohio based Mind Over Matter Records-signed band Cadaver Dogs that April. Following Spaz's departure from the band, Shane Newhouse (former Comedown bassist), took his spot on bass in May 2015. Intrinsic released their fourth studio album "Spaghetti Queen" on July 15, 2015; they sold out of all 100 copies within three months. The band pressed an extra 100 copies of the album.
On October 30, 2015, Intrinsic opened for Eddie Nebula & The Plague's reunion show. The gig was a huge success and helped Intrinsic sell almost half of the second presses of the Spaghetti Queen album. In the months leading up to the show, Intrinsic claimed to have been "writing some new material" with hopes of turning the "new jams" into "full length songs" and hope to put out a new album in early 2017. In November, Michael Nitro announced that the band will release a live-album and a "best of" compilation album. On December 20, 2015, the band confirmed the "best of" album and dropped it's title: "The Inglorious Sounds of Intrinsic"; it is set to be released in 2017. A live album, however, has yet to be confirmed.
In March of 2016, Michael Nitro announced his departure from Intrinsic after nearly 10 years in the band. The group announced a Farewell Show will take place on June 25, 2016, Intrinsic's 10 Year Anniversary. Alex Bellanca did not agree with the idea of anyone leaving just as the band was getting hot, but also did not wish to continue the band without Nitro. Intrinsic officially confirmed in late April that this will definitely be Intrinsic's final performance.
On June 25, 2016, Intrinsic played their final show, as promoted, at the California Brew Haus. 20 minutes before their set, Patrick "The Bunny" Bundy (Intrinsic's mascot of 4 years) arrived and (kayfabe) attacked Nitro from behind. Although this was a planned-staged assault, a bouncer who worked next door at the mirage was on his break and was unaware of the plan. Believing it to be a real fight, the outside bouncer, along with a local bystander, broke the two up. The plan was for Alex, Ryan Hurley, and Phil Tharp to pull Patrick off of Nitro to reveal that Nitro's throat had been slit and that he only had one hour left to live.
Since the staged fight was broken up, it became real. The bar fell silent as everyone was trying to figure out what was going on. The other three members of Intrinsic jumped the bouncers, trying to pull them off of Michael Nitro and Patrick Bundy. Shane Newhouse, who played the first 5 songs of the night due to Patrick (kayfabe) murdering Spaz Spaziani on his way to the venue, who was to fill in for Skyler Smith, who was (kayfabe) murdered by Bundy 2 weeks prior to the event, was entering the bar at that moment.
The Police were called to the venue by a random patron, but were informed by Erin Scorse that it was a false alarm and that it was a planned gimmick to build up the bands performance. Michael Nitro informed the crowd that Patrick Bundy was to stay locked up on the side of the stage so that everyone in the band could keep an eye on him. He also mentioned Shane Newhouse was filling in on bass for Spaz Spaziani being (kayfabe) murdered by Bundy earlier that night.
After the fifth song in the set list, Alex Bellanca began tuning his guitar and blew a fuse, shutting off the power in the California Brew Haus. After 5-10 seconds, the lights and power came back on and Patrick was on stage holding Shane's beanie in one hand and a knife in the other. He grabbed the bass and played the last 10 songs with Intrinsic. Immediately after the final song, Intrinsic, along with Patrick, took a bow. During the bow, Patrick pulled out a knife and preceded to (kayfabe) kill off the rest of the band. He then ran out the back door, never to be seen again.
This ended Intrinsic as a band, even though the pre show attack didn't go as planned, it ended up making the entire story seem real. The crowd rushed into the room to watch Intrinsic's final performance, and the band was given a standing ovation. The entire show after the pre show attack was planned three minutes before Intrinsic took the stage. Nitro says "the pre show attack not going as planned is probably what made the show as great for the crowd as it was. It didn't look fake because everything after the first five seconds was real. Instead of me having a bloody neck and only 'one hour to live', we tied the bunny up and he broke out. He killed Shane while the lights were out. Hopped on bass (no pun intended) and jammed with us. I asked him 'is this all you wanted, to play bass for us?' He nodded 'yes' and he played the show. Everyone seemed to enjoy it, then he f*in killed us. We planned it out three minutes before we went on, improved mostly everything, and the crowd really seemed to dig it... probably only because 90% of the crowd was there for us!"
July 22, 2009
Escape From Instinct
November 27, 2012
October 12, 2013
July 10, 2015
Glass Monkey (as Xanthium)
May 20, 2007
Songs From The Post-Apocalyptic Generation
May 21, 2013
Just A Kick-Ass Demo
October 31, 2008
Just Another Kick-Ass Demo
October 31, 2011
Yet Another Kick-Ass Demo
January 13, 2013
Not Another Kick-Ass Demo
January 13, 2015
Alive! (But Not So Well)
December 23, 2016
The Inglorious Sounds of Intrinsic
Michael Nitro (2006-2016) Vocals and Drums
Al X. Bellanca (2006-2016) Guitar and Vocals
Ryan Hurley (2014-2016) Guitar
Phil Tharp (2011-2012, 2013-2016) Drums
Spaz Spaziani (2013-2015, 2016)
Jeremia Shannon (2006-2007) Vocals
Kevin Hannon (2006-2008) Bass
Justin Russell (2008-2011) Bass
Skyler Smith (2011-2012) Bass
Kevin Spicer (2012-2013) Bass
Shane Newhouse (2015-2016) Bass
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