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9:27 PM, Thursday, April 26th, 2007:
I knew they were good. I watched their submission several times. They were head and shoulders over any teenage band I'd seen and 2 of these kids were 12. So when Jim (producer) told me we were gonna check 'em out at acollege gig they were playing just to hang with 'em a bit before we start taping the package - I knew what to expect...
...like hell I did. They would have been amazing at 18. If these were a bunch of college freshman I would've easily made the comment: "Wow, they're incredibly tight. You can tell they've been playing together for years." They're 13 guys. The lead singer's voice is spot-on. Their technical chops screamed hours of practice, and it was clear that these guys were beyond their years in every facet. I expected to talk to men when they got done with their set. I fully expected them to be "too cool", and every bit aware of how good they are. I was shocked to find a bunch of... well 13 year olds. Talkin' about grades, teachers, videogames, and if you brought it up - they'd talk about this whole "huge opportunity/national television exposure" thing. It was easily the most refreshing thing I've ever experienced.
On top of that, they're manager clearly cares about the kids like his own, their parents are at every gig helping tear down...they are surrounded by people whose biggest interest is protecting them. They're luckier than they'll ever know in that respect. Add in the fact that they practice every day after school, play at least 2 times a week, write their own material - actually have been playing together for years... this is the easiest success story to predict ever. The lead singer's charisma onstage and his persona off? It's like someone went to 1972 and created the perfect manchild with 70's "make 12 year old girls scream their brains out" androgynous looks and plopped him 35 years in the future. And all of them completely unassuming. They have no idea how much their lives are going to change in a year.
Man, ramble, ramble, ramble. I didn't even think I'd write tonight - but they impressed me that much.