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Damaged & Co. – Reflections on 2023 (pun intended).

A Damaged & Co. Press Release

2023 has been one hell of a rollercoaster for Damaged & Co.!

The band in Haifa, Israel

We started the year off by launching a music video for Carpe Diem (January 5th) and Vengeance is Mine (February 1st). This was done in anticipation to the launch of our first album – Life’s Grand Delusion, with a gig at The Garage on February 11th. It was a night to remember that we shared with Viper Soup Complex and Chaotic Remains + special guests Anne Marie Spiteri, Wenzu (Club Murder) and our ex bassist Cedric Debono.

After Starting off the year with cancelling opening for a massive band for reasons beyond our control, we feel more than grateful to be able to make up for it after being asked to open for the mighty Lordi on March 31st at the Aria Complex!

Another highlight for this year was opening a massive event like Dark Malta Festival with such massive bands like Deathstars , AND ONE and Project Pitchfork.

Dark Malta

On September 20th we organized Cirque de l Independence, which was special for us as we were hosting a band from overseas, Heathen Heretic, who went over great with the crowd! We hope we can share the stage again with those awesome dudes! Special mention also to Atomic Flame who opened the night with an intense set.

We also felt incredibly proud to manage to organize our first mini tour with 3 dates in Israel with a host of awesome bands!

Unfortunately, the tour had to be cut short after just 1 show due to the situation and we continue to hope for everyone's sake especially our friends we made while visiting the country, including ZedDestructive, Proxy, Wunderbar, Interia, סטודיו המפלט - HaMiflat Studio, Goregamel, Xoter, Blaze Rock Bar, Tamir Khan, Shay Daudi, The Wave Club and everyone else we met while we were there.

A huge thank you from the bottom of our heart also goes to everyone who messaged us in support while we where stuck in Israel for a few days.

Another thanks goes to Noel Mifsud for providing us with an outlet to tell our story on his radio show.

at ONE Radio complex with Noel Mifsud after recording the band story for Rock Moods

After managing to get back home with the help of her excellency Cecilia Attard Pirotta we got right back on the horse and played one last show for the year at the Halloween Massacre – 15th Unholy Edition, at what we can consider our second home, The Garage alongside Rankin and Contortion and capping of the year with a TV appearance on backstage tv (which is yet to air).

on the set of Backstage TV

Now we took the time off gigs to write some new music but plans for next year are already in motion with our first show scheduled for the 13th of January at Wild Honey Valletta.

Finally special mention to Rene Hades Farrugia for his constant support and advise while we are under his wing at Hades Management. A special thanks goes to our families and loved ones who support us through thick and thin. We did not make life easy for you this year!

We hope everyone had a good year and hope to see new and familiar faces in 2024! Stay Damaged!

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