- 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
- ...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.