Punk/ska band The Martyrs are leaving Fresno for a month to tour the western U.S.
Made up of Nathanael Felon (vocals/guitar), Chri$ Money (bass), Frick (guitar) and RyanCo. (drums) -- obviously not their real names -- the band will be on the road through June and has a new EP in the works.
There's a tour kick-off concert tonight at The Innersection, 626 E. Olive Ave. (behind The Revue). The show starts at 8 p.m. and has a $3 cover charge.
We talked to RyanCo. to learn more about the tour, the EP and the band.
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Describe your sound and what influenced it. New school punk rock with ska undertones. MxPx was a big influence on us. We have punk, ska and even hard-core influences.
What's the backstory of the band? Nate and I met at a show in 2006 and started playing shows shortly after. After replacing the former bass player with my twin brother Chris, we started touring. In early 2008, we added a second guitarist, mutual friend, Frick.
You guys have a pretty intense tour scheduled throughout June, going to Texas, Kansas, Utah and more. What are you doing to get ready? Putting the finishing touches on our sophomore EP, titled "Z-Day." We've been planning this tour since January, and it's all come together really well with help from friends and fans.Is there a show you're looking most forward to? I think we're all excited for the Kansas shows. They were the first people to book us, so we ended up booking the rest of the tour with Kansas as a midway point.
What's the best part of your live show? The energy of the music mixed with each member's distinct personality makes for a fun show.
What can you tell us about your CD that's in the works? We've grown a lot as a band, so we're able to put a lot more effort into this EP. We've got Mike Herrera of MxPx doing guest vocals, so I think we're coming into a sound that's all our own.
Why should someone be a fan of The Martyrs? If you like to support local music, have a good time, and like high fives, then you should be a fan of The Martyrs.
For music and more: Go to myspace.com/martyrsmusic.
Know a local musician that more people should be familiar with? Send the who and why to Mike Osegueda, .