Three one-of-a kind North bands have risen to popularity this year to provide the student body with some rock-n-roll spirit.
A Side of Paradise, Strayt Laced and the Dream Thieves are all student bands hoping to hit it big in the music industry by starting in their own backyards. And they’re using their peers to launch themselves into stardom.
Seniors Mitch Arnholt, Jimmy Evans, Jimmy Campbell and class of 2013 graduate Andrew White are the members of A Side of Paradise. They are a self-proclaimed alternative rock group. The band came together in the summer of 2012 and has been at work writing and recording ever since.
Arnholt, the drummer, described the band’s music as, “a unique rock sound with powerful lyrics.” He said the band’s future is uncertain after high school. However, Arnholt said he plans to go into music management or production in college.
Juniors Ehab Omran, Nick Fratianne, senior Adam Amici and Freshman Diego Grimaldo make up the band Strayt Laced. They consider themselves a hard rock band that takes classic rock and puts a modern twist to it. Originally Omran and Fratianne played together, but said they never found a band that “clicked.” They added that the two diverged from constantly searching for a band to creating their own, eventually adding Amici and Grimaldo.
Omran, the lead vocalist, said the band’s future depends on its success. “If we get a lot of support from friends and family and play enough shows, maybe we can make it big.” He added that the band will continue to play shows, until they get recognized or until they figure out what they want to do with their lives.
The Dream Thieves is made up of Senior Alex Vaughn and friends Anthony Mascarello, Ben Canton and Paul Baker. They are an alternative rock band with influences such as the Dave Matthews Band and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Vaughn, the drummer, explained that the band hopes to survive as musicians and hopefully play for a living. He said they plan to continue writing, recording and playing their music to try to get recognized. Vaughn said he thinks the Dream Thieves have real potential, and they have a good shot to get noticed.
The three bands all have plans for upcoming recordings. A Side of Paradise just released an EP “Live for the Moment” available for purchase from any member of the band for only $5 dollars and can also be found on iTunes. The Dream Thieves have already produced an EP which can be found on their Facebook page and are currently recording new tracks.
All the bands share the same passion for music and a love for live shows. The three bands plan to book as many shows as possible in the coming months. They plan to finish out the year strong because many of the musicians are seniors and they are running out of time.
Each band has different plans for the future, but they would all love to make it big in the music industry. Cole Still, who works for a management company in Virginia, is originally from Westerville, and he got word of these bands.
Still explained that the three North-based bands have different strengths and weaknesses. He said he plans to get the bands a lot of exposure this year. Some of the things he has planned are shows, studio time, coordination with an up-and-coming clothing line and much more. Still plans to become a manager of a famous group someday and he hopes one of these bands are his ticket to fame.
The three bands also share the same optimism as Still and they are ready to work with him to try and make it big