The Combustion Mechanism was started with one unique goal: Create music that is entertaining to the common listener, while still being intriguing to the studied musician.
Enter Greg Burgess and his lineup of talented musicians: Greg (guitar), Laura Johnson-LeDoux (drums), Shonna Montoya (bass), and Mikey Papajohn (aggressive vocals). Greg and his crew were looking to start a new and refreshing metal band in the Denver scene, and Greg contacted Sean Babiniec (guitar) who then contacted Tyler Reschke (clean vocals) to fill out the rest of the lineup.
After a few practices and writing sessions it was clear that a unanimous vision was shared, a vision that reflected the true goal of The Combustion Mechanism. So the new crew adopted the name and spirit of TCM and began to write music that will be an entertainment staple in Denver, as well as be a learning process for both the band and the fans.
The amount of talent and previous track records of each member in the band is astonishing, therefore, only individual biographies will truly introduce the band.
Greg holds a bachelors degree in Classical Guitar Performance from the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. He Moonlights as the lead/rhythm guitarist in the Metal Blade band Allegaeon. A certified Suzuki instructor, he has held teaching positions at the Denver branch of Paul Green's School of Rock Music, and was an instructor at the prestigious Music Institute of Lexington. His arrangements have been featured on MTV's "Made", and he has toured extensively through the Midwest with Classical Guitar Ensembles, and as a solo artist.
Laura started playing rudiments on the snare when she was 9 with a few lessons from her dad and continued with a self-study education from there. She started on the kit in middle school where she played for the Jazz Band and was the only female drummer to make the All-City Band in 6th grade. She joined her first Denver-based band when she was 18, where she met bassist Shonna. Her first show in front of a crowd was opening for King's X at Cervantes. She then started Saved by Ruin when she was 19 (in 2006) which opened for such acts as Sevendust and Nonpoint and made KBPI's top 18 in the Best Band in Denver competition in 2008. Laura was Pearl Drums first ever "Myspace Featured Artist." Her performance and drumming has been compared to that of Morgan Rose, Joey Jordison, and Mike Portnoy.
Sean started playing guitar and studying music late in his high school era, where he first realized his passion for music. However, a college education in music eluded him, so he continued to study music on his own. In 2008, he started taking lessons with Denver jazz guitarist Michael Abbott, then from 2009-2010 he has been taking lessons with guitar legend Chris Lasegue. In 2008 he joined the Denver metal band "Spare the Legion" and began to make a name of himself in the Denver scene.
Shonna was surrounded by music from a young age. Whether it was her great-grandfather singing, playing the guitar and harmonica; her stepfather, who was the front man and guitarist in a rock band; the record business her grandfather ran out of his home, or the metal blaring out of her uncle’s room, music permeated her and a love began. Shonna’s only formal music training was on the flute from age 8-13 and one year of guitar lessons at age 14. After being turned away from playing the guitar in her school band becaus e they "didn’t have music for guitar,” her musical path was put on hold as she focused on college. After her undergraduate studies music fell back in her lap, quite literally, when being asked to play the bass in a friend’s band. She was handed all the gear and music and a journey and love of the bass guitar began. Shonna has played in several local Colorado bands, including Saved by Ruin with drummer Laura. After a somewhat successful run with Saved by Ruin, including opening for national acts and recording a full-length LP, the band went their separate ways,…