Friday, February 3, 2012
Kids That Can and Do Rock!
It was a typical night at Trees in the heart of Deep Ellum. Get your ticket, go inside, wait for the curtain and see if the band can blow you away. The curtains rolled back to reveal four kids. I do not mean teenagers look for a quick way to fame. I literally mean there were four kids with a band called Drater.
I had remembered hearing a female vocalist warming up to "Man in the box" by Alice in Chains. Fantastic voice and awesome projection. I wasn't sure if this was this band on stage or the headlining band at that point in time.
I heard a familiar tune start rolling off the stage. It was a cover song, most of their set was covers with the exception of one Drater original. These ARE kids just getting their foot in the water. Credit for a group of kids being brave enough to cover such epic bands such as Metallica. Especially since these kids were covering old Metallica such as "Seek and Destroy" with a female vocalist. I wasn't sure how it would fair out. The whole crowd seemed to sit there as the band began. No one went up to the stage, everyone sat at the back unwilling to get their rear ends out of their seats. I mean these were kids, how good could they actually be?
Vocalist Mira opened her mouth and blew the crowd away. I happened to be standing next to her dad, which I did not know at the time. Of course the parents were standing there in the crowd probably closer to the stage than anyone else. The only thing I could say was "Oh my, are you kidding me? She's a kid with a voice like that?" Dad turned around and expressed that she was only 12, of course with a proud smile on his face.
By the time Drater's set was over, the stage had an actual audience. These kids were talented, they were energetic, they moved the crowd and most of all, they interacted with the audience. This is a key element in promoting your band.
During Drater's breakdown I politely stepped outside, this is the smoking area and you can see the bands breaking down, I asked a few questions. I spoke mainly to the vocalists father, two thumbs up to mom and dad for allowing these kids to chase their dreams, he gave me the bands website.
I was surprised to see this band has not been together for very long. There are some videos from last year, so I watched them to see if there was any improvement in the bands performances. Let's just say that they have shown some major improvement in interaction, crowd participation, and even in musical and stage performance. Halestorm move over and make way for a band that can be the next big thing.
This is an unsigned band, young and formidable, good at what they do and performing what they love. Hands in the air for old style rock. Something I grew up on and am thrilled to see breaking back into the scene.
So what are the future goals for this band? Simple, get their name out there. This band has the potential to do just that. I hope to obtain an interview with this up and coming band and find out a little more about them. If you haven't seen them live, make your way to The House of Blues in Dallas on February 19.
The only downside to this band is that they are so young. The music business is a hard business, there is lots of pressure. Especially the rock side of the spectrum. Am I saying this band has no chance? Not at all. These kids seem to be dedicated and inspiring. To all the younger generation, if I can be inspired by such a youthful and talented band, take a few pointers and don't be afraid to chase your dreams and go after what you want.
If you would like a taste before catching a live show, head to their website and check them out.
I'm going to request a personal interview, things don't always pan out but it would be nice to hear what the band has to say.