Young rock band Session proved itself a crowd favorite recently. The band won a month-long competition and was crowned the house band for New Rock 104.1 (KFRR FM). Getting an endorsement from a radio station, though, is only part of Session's buzz.
It's built a good fan base that ought to turn out for a show Saturday night at Starline, 833 E. Fern Ave., when the band plays a headlining gig backed up by The Roos and Running the Risk. It starts at 9 p.m. Cover is $7.
The band -- led by brothers Jordan Poytress (vocals, guitar) and Jeremiah Poytress (guitar, keys), as well as Patrick Raley (bass) and Codie Collins (drums, vocals) -- is also prepping its first EP. We talked to Jeremiah Poytress about all that and more.
How did you guys get started? We started like most bands, by getting together and jamming in a garage. We started writing songs together, played some house parties and open-mic nights around town and eventually started playing full sets at clubs in Tower District like Audie's Olympic and The Starline.
Describe your style? Who are your influences? We're a rock band for sure, but we don't like to confine ourselves to the idea of what people think a rock band should be. We've got a lot of different influences ranging from rock to jazz, from funk to 60s soul, psychedelia to folk.
You guys recently won the title of New Rock 104.1's house band. How has that changed your profile in town? Well, I think right now it's a little too early in the year to tell. We've met some new fans that have heard about us through that whole thing, or were at the competition and saw us. But it's pretty cool getting to hear our music on the radio every now and then and getting shout-outs from Rash or Hammer about our upcoming shows.
This week, the band has a St. Patrick's Day show. What are you planning special for that show? We're going to definitely party with our friends and fans and have some fun. We've got two really cool bands playing with us too, Running The Risk and The Roos.
In exactly 13 words, describe one of Session's live shows. Fun, engaging, rocking, lively, entrancing, melodic, entertaining, funky, personable, groovy, spacey and loud.
The band is putting out an EP, correct? We've recorded a six-song EP here in town at Pyramid Recordings and we're pretty much just working on getting some artwork done for it, and then we'll be ready to put out some copies and have some music for people to take home with them from our shows. It can be a long process when you're funding your own recordings.
What else should people expect from you? Look forward to seeing us play some shows: We're set to play at The Whisky A-Go-Go in L.A. on April 28. Also, once we've finished our first EP, we're going to be going right back into the studio to start recording another one.
For music and more: Go to facebook.com/session559 and reverbnation.com/session559.
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