The Freudian Slippz ...
We are a three piece band playing original music. We play melodic rock
music with influences blending from rock, Latino, classical, folk, blues
and jazz sources. The emphasis is on strong melody lines and chorus with
a dancing, toe-tapping rhythm. Originally formed in 2008 this current
line up has been together since early 2012. We are:
Gordon Fraser: Drums and backing vocals
Bryan Westbrook: Bass guitar and backing vocals David Mann: Guitar and vocals
“Heartbeat”, our first EP, was Recorded at
The Granary Studio, Lamberhurst 28/8/11
Engineered and Mixed by Guy Denning.
David Mann, “the singing psychotherapist!” plays guitar and lead
vocals and is actually a Freudian psychotherapist in his day-job! For
more information see his web-site:
www.counsellingtherapysoutheast.co.uk At school he played the
clarinet but found his true form of musical self expression when he took
up the guitar. His guitar influences are the usual suspects: Richard
Thompson, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Robert Fripp, Jimmy Page --- but
he honestly can’t play half as well as any of them! His song writing
reflects influences from his wide taste in music: though essentially
rock, there are shades, notes, colours, tones and rhythms from Latino,
classical, jazz, blues, folk and world music. He has always had trouble
writing his own lyrics. In his teens he put poems by William Blake,
Lewis Carroll and others to music. These days he co-writes with his
wife, Michelle, who puts the words to the voice of The Freudian Slippz.
Michelle MacGrath, lyric writer, is a published poet. She has
been translating Russian poetry and writing her own since her early
twenties, initially to record key events, ideas, observations and moods.
She has been writing songs with David since 2009 and in that time they
have written a large number of songs – ‘and now we know how many songs
it takes to fill the Albert Hall’.
Bryan Westbrook, Played guitar for many years, took up the bass
two years ago, guitar influences include Hendrix, Rory Gallagher, Eric
Clapton, BB King to name a few, bass influences the likes of Jack Bruce,
Jaco Pastorius, Stanley Clarke, Mel Schacher, Andy Fraser the list is
endless. Band experience mostly in the 80's, most successful being the
MW Band who once supported a group called the Look with their hit tune
being 'I am the Beat'. The MW Band was also featured on radio Kent at
that time and one of our tunes called Radio was their song of the year.
I have just joined the Freudian Slippz (March 2012) enjoying playing
bass to their interesting melodic sounds, I also enjoy playing jazz with
a very good friend of mine namely Melvin Kean who is a fantastic
Gordon Fraser, drums and backing vocals, started playing the drums at
school in the 70’s, he was in a couple of school bands and has been
playing on and off with friends ever since. After a period of not
playing but feeling that something was missing in his life he dusted off
his kit and joined The Freudian Slippz in January 2010 and has been
enjoying making music with David, Steve and now Bryan ever since! Gordon is also a
Computer Consultant, for more information his web site is
With thanks and fond memories to our former bassist:
Steve Diver (right): bass guitar and backing vocals, has been playing guitar and
bass for a very long time. He has played in other bands from Scotland
all the way down to Hampshire. Bass players he hopes to be influenced by
include James Jamerson, Jean -Jaques Burnel and Bootsy Collins. Steve's
day job is not interesting enough to mention here.