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ABOUT US — THE SLIGHTLYS

Finneas O'Connell

FINNEAS O’CONNELL

Songwriter, Singer, Rhythm Guitarist, Didgeridoo Enthusiast, Vegan

I grew up with two artists as parents — my mom is an actor and a songwriter, among other things, and my dad is an actor and a musician. They both make a living doing what they love. I think that’s probably the most important thing they ever taught me. I’ve been writing music and playing guitar since I was about 12 years old and I’ve been singing since I was born. At least in a punk’s eyes.

When I was younger, my dad would make mix CDs of tons of different artists and we’d listen to them in the car. Living in L.A., you drive A LOT. We would listen to everything from Daft Punk to Cat Stevens. It was a great exposure at a young age to tons of different genres and artists. Probably my biggest songwriting influence would be The Beatles. The way they handled melody was so beautiful and unforgettable; and, they have some of the best hooks of all time, in my opinion.

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David Marinelli

DAVID MARINELLI

Drummer, Ex Professional Halo 3 Player, Brother of world-renowned DJ Vincenzo

My mother is a studio horn player/teacher and my father is an actor/teacher, so I have grown up in a wonderful, extremely artistically supportive household in Burbank, CA with my brother (the legendary VINCENZO) and Presto, the most adorable yellow lab to ever lick anyone’s legs. The first time I ever enjoyed music was during a dark time in my life: the Star Wars phase. I grabbed my favorite (yes, I had multiple) light saber, donned my shower/Jedi robe, cranked up the soundtrack to Episode III and proceeded to WRECK the office chair in my room.

First time I played drums? I was at a family friend’s party when I was in fifth grade and I snuck off into the garage and saw it in all its glory: an unattended four-piece drum set. Fueled by wonder and nervous energy, I attacked the drum set with the same passion that led to the office chair’s doom not long before. The following year in 2008, I joined middle school band and was approached by a saxophone player, one Robby Fitzpatrick, who told me: “Hey, I heard you have a drum set. You’re in my band now,” and that was that.

My first goal on the drum set was to be better than the average person who had never, ever touched a drum. I persistently continued the drive to be as great as I could, eventually realizing that I wanted to play music for the rest of my life. This band is my life and I am looking forward to whatever is coming to me and three of the best friends I’ve ever had!

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Robby Fitzpatrick

ROBBY FITZPATRICK

Lead Guitarist, Backup Vocalist, Keyboardist, Professional Clash Of Clans Player, Lover of Adorableness

I love hockey and chocolate, and I’m nowhere near becoming the next American Ninja Warrior. I grew up in a household that loves music—from karaoke to rock and roll—so ever since I was a little kid, I knew I wanted to be a musician. I remember dreaming about being on stage constantly, even though I didn’t play an instrument at the time. My parents were extremely supportive of this, which led to them putting me into piano lessons, and that’s pretty much how I started. I never really intended to play the guitar.

I really wanted to play the bass, but, while visiting one of my mom’s friend’s houses, I saw a little nylon guitar and asked if I could borrow it. They said yes, and I’ve been playing ever since. Once I started playing music with David, things started getting a little more serious. Playing guitar for The Slightlys has led to some pretty cool stories and given me the opportunity to make some really interesting friends.

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