"Formed in 1999, V Shape Mind is Brad Hursh, guitar and lead vocals; Jeff McElyea, guitar; Vic Zientara, bass; and Scott Parjani*, drums.
When asked to classify their own musical style, the term "heavy mellow" is used to describe music that combines a heavy vibe with melodic nuances dynamically woven into a canopy of sound that will groove you into submission. With influences ranging from the Beatles to Black Sabbath and everything in between, V SHAPE MIND maintains a musical balance without having to choose sides or remain one dimensional.
Long-time friend and singer for Mudvayne, Chad Gray, turned them on to Mudvayne's manager, Chuck Toler, who quickly signed them to his management company, Anger Management."
They switched to Universal Records shortly thereafter and produced their album "cul-de-sac," which was truly a testament to their "heavy mellow" song, showcasing their ability to include heavy guitars and a full sound while still maintaining a solid melody throughout. The album is generally known for its single "Monsters" featuring guest vocals by Chad Grey of Mudvayne.
Unfortunately, despite their quality music and reasonably successful touring, Universal decided not to continue promoting the band, and they were forced to break up. Lead singer and guitarist Brad Hursh is in the process of writing his own material, which can currently be found online at http://www.myspace.com/bradhursh.
*DECATUR - Scott Robert Parjani, 36, died suddenly at home on Sunday, January 3, 2010 in Decatur, IL. Services to celebrate his life will be 10:00 A.M., Thursday, January 7, 2010, at Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home, Decatur, IL, with visitation 4 to 7 P.M., Wednesday, January 6, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Lake Bank Cemetery, Latham, IL. Scott was a talented musician who loved music, especially playing drums and guitar, and he played with many bands over the years including V-Shape Mind, Decatur's first rock band to sign with a major record label. Scott loved landscaping and was an avid gardener. Scott was born on June 7, 1973 in Decatur, IL. He is survived by parents Glen Robert & Karen Suzanne (Havener) Parjani of Decatur, IL; sister Jill (Parjani) Wenger and husband Ed Wenger of Riverside, IA; girlfriend Jenny Baron of Decatur, IL; grandmother Margaret Havener of Decatur, IL; aunts Nancy Havener of Naperville, IL and Marilyn (Parjani) Slider of Decatur, IL; daughter Jessica Rodgers of Cerro Gordo, IL and Alyssa Grimm who was like a second daughter. Scott was preceded in death by his grandparents Robert C. & Dorothy E. Parjani and grandfather Clarence E. Havener, Jr. Memorials may be made to the family. Condolences may be left to the family at www.brintlingerandearl.com Obituary written by family members.
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