The Survival Code, formed of Gary McGuinness (Lead Vocals and Guitar) and Tom Cook (Vocals and Drums) is an alt-rock band based in London. Currently Chema plays bass for the band.
With influences ranging from Johnny Cash to the Deftones, this successful group have gathered a loyal fanbase as they gigged across the UK and Ireland over the last 4 years headlining some amazing venues and opening for some very talented acts.
The band have become known for their energetic and unforgiving live shows. Nothing is ever left on the stage with this lot!
Lead singer Gary is the project’s driving force and song writer. A classical guitar scholar and skilled drummer originally from Dublin, he drummed in successful alt-rock bands for over a decade before moving to London in 2010 to see if a dent could be made in the UK music scene.
After meeting and collaborating with Tom Cook, a talented drummer and Pete Agnelli (the bands original Bassist), The Survival Code was born.
An EP “Everything but today” came in 2013 and was followed with their’ debut album “MMXV” in 2015 through “IRL” – “Strong Debut Album” Rocksound Magazine // “MMXV is a strong debut album, an absolute must for rock music fans” – Rocksins
This year is all about the 3 track EP entitled “Broken Strings” which will feature two lead singles, the first of which is the title track “Broken Strings” due on the 25th of Sept through IRL.
The band will be gigging at venues in the UK and Ireland throughout the rest of the year. Dates are below.
Album Coming next year around May 2017
“Music is a form of storytelling, and it’s my job to make that story captivating” – Gary McGuinness, Lead Singer – The Survival Code
On Broken Strings, the band said: “The song is based from a line that we find very poignant from a poem by an indian/Bengal Rabindranath Tagore”
“The song that I came to sing remains unsung to this day.
I have spent my days in stringing and in unstringing my instrument.
The time has not come true, the words have not been rightly set;
only there is the agony of wishing in my heart.
The blossom has not opened; only the wind is sighing by.
I have not seen his face, nor have I listened to his voice;
only I have heard his gentle footsteps from the road before my house.
The livelong day has passed in spreading his seat on the floor;
but the lamp has not been lit and I cannot ask him into my house.
I live in the hope of meeting with him; but this meeting is not yet”.
-Rabindranath Tagore in the Gitanjali
16 September – Spice of life – soho
21 October – Alleycat – Denmark St
27 October – Fibber Magees – Dublin, Ireland
29 October – Bruxelles – Dublin, Ireland
17 November – New Cross Inn – London
18 November – Bar 42 – Worthing
19 November – Cave at the holly tree – London
14 December – Tooting Tram and Social