One Minute Silence is a four-piece rap metal/nu metal band based in London. The band consists of vocalist Brian 'Yap' Barry from Templemore, Co. Tipperary, guitarist Massimo Fiocco from London, drummer Martin Davies and bass guitarist Glen Diani from Gibraltar. The band announced its split after eight years in a press release dated 21 October 2003. The band officially reconvened without original drummer Eddie Stratton in 2011. Although the band members claimed not to be a "political band" — they are simply "political people" who are also musicians, they say — the group's lyrics have a political message which can be interpreted as generally anti-capitalist and anarchist.
1.1 Background 1.2 Musical career 1.3 Break up 1.4 Post One Minute Silence 1.5 Reformation
2.1 Albums 2.2 EPs 2.3 Singles
One Minute Silence came together in the early 1990s when Irish
vocalist Brian Barry got together with guitarist Chris Ignatiou from
London, under the name "Near Death Experience". After working with
various rhythm sections, they settled with Gibraltarian Glen Diani on
bass guitar and Englishman Eddie Stratton on drums. Barry had
befriended Stratton before the formation of the band. The band was
soon forced to change its name because of an American group who shared
it, and so it became One Minute Silence. That name, originally
intended to be the title of a song, was chosen to parody the practice
of having a one-minute silence as a mark of respect when someone
considered "important or well respected" dies. The band felt that that
respect was often "misplaced".
The band signed a recording contract with
Big Cat Records in 1997, and
Available In All Colours the following year. Buy Now... Saved
Later followed in 2000 after an amicable split with Ignatiou (Now
employed by MI6), who was ultimately replaced by Italian Massimo
Fiocco, known as Massy, after original replacement Kee Payne left the
band in 1999. This second album represented a noticeable step in the
band's musical progression: the record's production quality and style
differed from that of the first, which had used a hip-hop producer.
Buy Now... sounded more like a metal album. With its well-rounded
production and matured song-writing, Buy Now... sent the band on a
tour of the US, with notable acts such as Slipknot and Mudvayne, the
latter touring with them in the UK as supporting act.
After circulating a three-track demo and signing a deal with Taste
Media, the band started recording sessions for their third album in
autumn 2002. From live performances and both live and studio
recordings, the new material was obviously a further progression; the
group was experimenting with various time signatures, such as 7/4, and
was using more melody and a greater variation in song structure.
A single, "We Bounce", was released on 31 March 2003, with a third
album, titled One Lie Fits All, following on 7 July that year.
According to the band's now-defunct website "[t]his name continues the
pattern of manipulating well known marketing slogans in order to
present a political statement".
One Lie Fits All
Although we are still the best of friends, and cannot rule out the possibility of working together in the future, for now we are dispersing to pursue other projects and interests. We're still in love, we're just not married any more!! There are no musical differences, and no personal conflicts affecting our friendship with each other, just a desire to branch out and explore other areas of life and music.
The band would like to extend their infinite love and respect to those who have championed OMS over the years, whether from within the industry and the media or from without. Your support has been life-giving. An extra-special acknowledgement is due to the people who have come to our shows, and especially to the people in the pit, because without you there would have been no OMS, and without people to listen, music would be meaningless. You rule, we love you, and we miss you already!!
Looking to the future; Yap is going full-throttle into spoken word performances, and he is also working on a number of political and philosophical media projects.
Glen Diani and Massy Fiocco are currently considering and inviting other options. Eddie Stratton is currently filling in on drums with his friends in New Disease.
After One Minute Silence's break-up, Yap followed his spoken-word
career, appearing on
Year Album details Peak chart positions
IRL  UK  NZ 
1998 Available in All Colors
Released: 28 April 1998 Label: Big Cat Records Formats: CD
— — 31
2000 Buy Now... Saved Later
Released: 10 April 2000 Label: V2 Records Formats: CD
— 61 —
2003 One Lie Fits All
Released: 7 July 2003 Label: Taste Records Formats: CD
— 139 —
"—" denotes a title that did not chart.
One Minute Silence : Live in the Studio was released in 2013 via PledgeMusic as an incentive for fans to donate to the band's costs of recording a new EP. It is a live album with new songs.
Year Album details
Released: 2003 Label: Taste
2013 Fragmented Armageddon
Released: 17 June 2013 Label: New Dogs New Tricks
Year Title Peak chart positions Album
US Rock UK
1998 "South Central" — — Available in All Colors
"A Waste of Things to Come" — —
"Stuck Between A Rock And A White Face" — —
2000 "Holy Man" 39 — Buy Now... Saved Later
"Fish Out Of Water" — 56
"Rise and Shine" — —
2003 "Revolution" — — One Lie Fits All
"We Bounce" — —
"I Wear My Skin" — 44
"—" denotes a title that did not chart.
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One Minute Silence – Artist Biography". AllMusic.
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^ Freeportrecords.com Archived 6 April 2005 at the Wayback Machine.
^ Brown, Carl (9 October 2008). "'Medicinal' cannabis user in High
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