Theater & Arts

Artists you should know: Park Layne

Meet Park Layne, an upstart, '90s-influenced local rock band that's been quickly making a name for itself around Fresno.

The band -- Chad Browning (vocals), Shane Cheselske (guitar), Mike Tavarez (guitar), Brandon Hart (drums), Mike Elwinger (guitar) -- headlines at 9 p.m. Saturday at Starline, 831 E. Fern Ave. Cover is $5.

Here's an introduction:

Give us the quick version of the Park Layne story.

Browning: We're longtime friends that love music and happen to be talented in multiple areas. This allowed us to form a band and have a lot of fun doing something we all enjoy.

Describe your sound.

Cheselske: I'd say it's a heavy, melodic, alternative rock.

There's a bit of an older influence in there, right? Explain that.

Cheselske: We all grew up listening to great artists and bands, such as Led Zeppelin, Doors, The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix.

Hart: Yeah, and also the era that really impacted our playing was bands and artists from the '90s. Because of this, we tried to draw from both genres of music and create a unique sound.

So what's the deal with the name. Anything to do with Layne Staley?

Browning: The name was taken from a story a friend's father once told us. He was a soldier in Vietnam and would tell us war stories occasionally. One story we found interesting was about U.S. government sponsored medicinal cigarettes being distributed to the soldiers. The medicinal cigarettes were called "Park Lane." Evidently, the government distributed this product to get the troops off of heroin and elevate their moral ... or so the story goes.

Hart: And since we're big Alice in Chains fans, we adjusted the spelling to Park "Layne" as a tribute to Layne Staley, who passed away in 2002.

When can we expect a recorded product from you guys?

Elwinger: We have plans to record with Peter Wolf at Wolf Studio sometime in mid-September, so hopeful by the end of October we should have an EP available.

Why should someone come to one of your shows?

Tavarez: Well, because we believe we bring a sound back that hasn't been played in a while and I don't think we sound like any other local bands in the area, at least from what I have heard.

Cheselske: I get bored sometimes at shows because it seems as though the music and songs sound the same.

Hart: Not the case with us. Every song is different, which we enjoy and the fans enjoy. This helps keep it fresh.

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