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There are three known bands that goes by the name Altered State.

Altered State formed in 1988 Huntington Beach, CA as Show of Hands. Formed by ex-The Prime Movers vocalist and “Strong As I Am” writer. Gregory Markel.

Gregory Markel (vocals)
Curtis Mathewson (guitar)
Scott Richmond (guitar)
Rob Thomas (bass)
Chip Moreland (drums)

1990 Show of Hands gained the attention of Warner Bros. Records and signed. Changing the name to Altered State. Scott Richmond and Rob Thomas left the band. Howard Ulyate would jump in on bass but leave before recording would begin.

1991 Warner Bros. Released the debut and first single “Step Into My Groove”. Later, releasing “Ghost Beside My Bed” which chainsawed it’s way up the charts reaching Number One at Rock Radio and Top Thirty Nationally.

1993 saw the release of “DOS”. “Where Is Harrison Ford (‘Cause this must be Bladerunner)” “Thinking About Moving To A Catatontic State”

The band called it quits in 1995 but are back!

“Altered State” is also a band formed in 2000, in Clavet, SK, CANADA. A shooter name from a local bar was chosen to describe the band (Altered State). The band released the album ‘Get Real’ in 2007 and is currently writing new material.

Lorna (lead vocals)
Biman (guitar/vocals)
Jim (bass/vocals)
Dean (drums/vocals)

Not since Chrissie Hynde fondled the brass in her pocket has a three-guy group with a fiery and charismatic female lead singer (Lorna Dowell, unafraid to declare that “I Need A Vacation” while exposing her “Skeletons In The Closet”) kicked up this much punky pop/rock dust.


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