This is the official website of The Creatures of Habit (CoH).
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The Creatures of Habit are a 3 piece rock band and all three members have a wide experience in the industry. Dave Sumeray & Mart Lee are the founder members of CoH along with the late Ray Simoné. They have collaborated on many songs and feel their music to be unique and constantly in development.
Dave & Mart have played in many bands over the years but have always had a strong bond with each other and their debut album, called "Where have all the Years Gone", shows the unique style they have developed.
Now with the addition of Monzur Rahman on Drums they are back playing live shows.
It all started over 45 years ago with a band called Woodfog which had an original line up of Mart Lee, Dave Sumeray and Ray Simoné. They were very inspired by 70s band Wishbone Ash's debut album and, in particular, a track called Phoenix. In a way, Creatures of Habit's story is the story of a Phoenix. They worked for a while as a three-piece and writing songs such as The Knower, Death Grows Inside You, Lady of The Storm and Ray's song called Where Have All The Years Gone! These tracks are all on Creatures of Habit's new album. Over the course of a couple of years, Woodfog became a four-piece with the addition of guitarist Nick French. Mart had left by then and was replaced on drums by Paul Stratford who was eventually replaced by Graham Waxman.
From the earliest days, their main musical influences were Cream, Wishbone Ash, Stray, Budgie, Black Sabbath, Genesis, and The Beatles. Influences which blended into their own, unique powerhouse sound.
They played local venues in their hometown of North London and also toured the country playing universities and clubs and supporting various headlining bands of the era including Glencoe, The Pretty Things, Principal Edwards Magic Theatre and The Edgar Broughton Band, among others.
While drummers came and went Ray and Dave tried to keep the band going but eventually it was the loss of one drummer too many that made them decide to call it a day.
In 1976, Mart and Ray, with a little help from Dave, formed Masterswitch which achieved moderate success and released an album on the CBS/Epic label.
After Masterswitch disbanded, 40 or so years passed (seriously...where HAVE all those years gone!?) during which time Dave, Mart and Ray occasionally got together for a jam but that was in the 70s and 80s. Eventually, around 2009 the three of them decided to get together for a jam. It was clear that the synergy was still there and they decided to reform the band under a new name...The Creatures of Habit.
Sadly, after some time rehearsing new material, Ray became very ill and passed away a few years later. It was the loss of a close friend and a great fellow musician.
After a period of dealing with the grief, Dave & Mart decided to continue with Creatures of Habit. They resurrected some original Woodfog songs as well as composing new music. Several of their repertoires are songs composed or co-composed with Ray.
Ray passed away in 2012 and Nick in 1999. Creatures of Habit have risen from the ashes and hope to entertain you for a while longer!
The debut album of Creatures of Habit is called, "Where Have All The Years Gone?" and is dedicated to Ray Simoné
Listen to the album on Spotify
Click on image to get album on iTunes
Dave & Mart from the 70s until today
The Debut Album