February 25, 2011 by admin
Everyone dreams of being a rock star—whether they want to scream at the top of their lungs or take that epic drum solo, people have been shaking their heads and lip synching to classic rock songs since they were toddlers. But few have actually had the chance to get on stage and live the dream.
There’s nothing more exciting for budding musicians than starting a band in high school. To some, it’s almost a rite of passage. And who knows? That band that starts out merely making noise in the garage, could end up leading a successful career in the wild world of rock n’ roll stardom. Here in Weston, there are a number of high school bands with great sound and soul that seem to be headed in that direction.
Chillingsworth, the token “freshman band,” has been together since its members’ middle school days, and recently played a show at student coffeehouse Toquet Hall, where it received very positive feedback—not only from attendees, but from those who caught up on the event on Facebook. Chillingsworth is certainly one of the bands to keep an eye on. They can harmonize at age fourteen, which is very impressive, especially for a band so young. Additionally, they are very creative when it comes covers and “mashups,” an emerging music field that is in high demand on today’s charts. At its most recent show, Chillingsworth performed a blend of “Daylight”, “Make Her Say”, “Pokerface”, and Duck Sauce’s “Barbara Streisand.” The band conceived and arranged the piece, and it turned out to be quite the masterful compilation. Chillingsworth’s stage presence is unmatched by any other band of freshmen, complete with all
the witticisms and shenanigans that come about from years of camaraderie.
The Interstellar Elevators, headed by infamous WHS junior Billy Richling, claims to have been together “since the Civil War Reconstruction era.” With perfectly blended sound the Interstellar Elevators put on a show that is almost unbelievable, covering several genres with the most unique set of instrumental accompaniments. The band members say they pull their inspiration from virtually everything, referencing, “chocolate pretzels and water bottle caps” as a few specific sources, along with, “the countries of Africa.” The Interstellar Elevators had a great Toquet performance on February 5th, where a large number of its local fans loyally gathered to see them perform. Punch It, Margaret, led by vocalist and WHS junior, Vincent Simboli, recently reverted from its previous name, Fast Trac, in order to make its name sound more serious. Fans applauded the new title, and the music that accompanied it. Punch It, Margaret draws its inspiration from artists who show a lot of energy and creativity in their musical sounds, such as The Arctic Monkeys, Gogol Bordello, and the Stone Ros
es, but overall, its members feel as that their music sounds most like the soundtrack to Boyz N Tha Hood. In the two and a half years they’ve been together, their most memorable performance was January 22nd at The Depot in Darien, where they performed greatly received swing covers of their songs, with metal acts mixed in throughout—a stellar set which had the entire crowd on its feet dancing. For Vincent, however, it’s not the reward of having a big fan base that gets him going, but rather the thrill of being on stage.
Sharing that similar rush that comes from performing is WHS senior and solo artist, Jacob Aviner, who has been performing in local venues for the past two years. His set list would most likely include music from artists such as Jamie Cullum, Matt LiVigni, Coldplay, and Vampire Weekend, all of whom he cites as inspirations. He last played at Trackside on February 4th, which he said was “awesome.”
Punch It, Margaret will be performing at Toquet Hall on February 25th- don’t miss it! Check out the bands’ Facebook pages if you’re interested in seeing a show or just want to hear some of their great tracks!
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