SUPER STRING THEORY is an instrumental-progressive-fusion-metal band from Springfield, Missouri. Their music breaks through the fences that surround and separate music with easily definable terms. Driven by musical experimentation and the unending pursuit of musical knowledge and virtuosity, SUPER STRING THEORY have developed a technical yet progressive instrumental metal sound, that maintains accessibility through strong, memorable melodies and crafty arrangements that always tell a story. They have been active since the spring of 2002. The band was founded by guitarist Aaron Roten, bassist Jerry Twyford (The Fractured Dimension, ex-Scholomance), keyboardist Jimmy Pitts (The Fractured Dimension, ex- Scholomance) and Drummer Steve Mason (The Osmond Brothers, The Dropouts). This line up played together for several years, releasing their debut CD “Swimming in the Dutch Mordant” in 2003.
In 2004, Drummer Steve Mason left the band to tour with The Osmond Brothers band full-time. At this point local drummer, John Anderson (Shoji Tabuchi, Rags to Riches,) took over the throne in Super-String-Theory. Between 2004 and 2006, the band experienced some changes, John would have to take breaks from time to time to fulfill obligations as a touring drummer for several bands, Jimmy and Jerry would eventually move on to focus on The Fractured Dimension and several other projects. Aaron would continue writing for Super String Theory, and release “Principles of Transformation”. “Principles…” would feature Aaron on Guitars and Bass (except on one track, The Colored Pencil Heist, would feature the bass playing of Andy Levy). Drum duties on the Principles CD were split between John Anderson and Steve Mason. Jimmy Pitts played Keys as a guest on two songs. “Principles of Transformation” was released in 2006 to international critical acclaim. Aaron would soon be voted Ozarks Guitar God by readers of the Springfield News-Leader, and start doing instructional guitar clinics and solo performances.
Super String Theory would gather steam once again when Aaron Roten, with John Anderson, recruited local bass player Rick Stansfield to continue the progression of the band. This trio would play together for the next six years, becoming a confidant and adventurous live act. Their shows would be reviewed favorably by fans throughout the region, and be paired to open for Kings X (twice), Mark Rizzo, Chris Duarte, Eric Sardinas, Bobby Rock, and Jeff Scheetz. Super-String-Theory would also open for and jam with the great Michael Angelo Batio!
Super-String-Theory released “An Invention for Times like These” in 2013, reflecting the unique chemistry of a trio that has had the benefit of years of performing. This collection of works represents the most mature and complex compositions from Roten, and the tightest, most professional performance and production from the entire band.
Following the completion of “An Invention for Times like These”, John Anderson unfortunately had to exit the band, as he became the drummer for Branson legend, Shoji Tabuchi. Picking up where John left off, Bart Kelley (Mark Chapman Band, The 4 Jax featuring Jake Simpson) became the newest member of Super-String-Theory, and within a few short months, the trio performed “An Invention for Times like These” in its entirety, along with several other songs from their catalog.
In the summer of 2014, Rick announced that he accepted a new career opportunity in St Louis, and would have to leave Super String Theory. At this point Aaron and Bart began making plans to record some new material and decided to recruit former bass player, Jerry Twyford to continue the journey of Super String Theory. So once again, Super-String-Theory is currently playing shows regionally and writing new music. Always moving forward, always experimenting, learning, and breaking musical barriers whenever they hit the stage.