An up-and-coming Aldergrove band is headlining a huge youth mash up of sorts in Surrey this weekend.
The Special Tease is one of four Fraser Valley band performing at The Mirage on Friday, and the groups' recent attention is being credited - at least in part - to the band took second place in the community's premiere talent competition this spring. "We have been drastically increasing our fan base lately, since we placed second in Langley Has Talent," said lead guitarist Nick Waterman, who's still beaming from that success.
"Not bad for an unknown rock 'n' roll band thrown into a mix of polished singers and dancers. Not only did it allow us to have better exposure, but it was a great growing experience for us because it opened our eyes to the work and time it takes to be true professionals," he said.
The band used its $1,500 cash prize to hit the studio and cut four demos for an unofficial EP that's found on SoundCloud.
"We are looking for every opportunity to spread the word about our music," said Waterman, who is joined in the band by fellow Aldergrove residents Wes Masztalar (rhythm guitar and vocals), Cody Nicholls (bass guitar), and Kaeden McLeod (drums), as well as lead vocalist Trevor Robinson of Fort Langley.
The group first started rehearsing together back in August 2011, then graduated to performing in larger venues after McLeod joined the group last September.
"We practice as a unit twice a week with small writing sessions sprinkled in with a couple members, as often as we can," Waterman explained.
"Our long-term goals include recording a full-length album, as well as going on a cross Canada tour. We plan to achieve this by continuing to write better songs and keep playing live shows which we feel is our strength."
They describe themselves as a young, energetic rock 'n' roll band with a heavy, alternative rock sound influenced by great bands of the melodic 1960s and '70s, "while keeping the spirit of riff based rock music intact."
Lately, they've ben playing regular shows in Downtown Vancouver venues such as The Roxy and Joe's Apartment.
"The response we've been receiving has been nothing but positive," Waterman said, noting this is their first headlining gig.
"We feel quite humbled to be a part of this venue's history and are extremely excited to be bringing rock 'n' roll back to a stale scene of rave music and Top 40 hits with three other great bands (Midnight Runners, Killing Vogue, Grace Under Pressure)."
The show at The Mirage (15330 102A Ave. in Surrey), is happening on Friday, Sept. 27, starting at 9 p.m. The doors open at 8. Tickets are $10 in advance, or $12 at the door.
"This is going to be an extremely special night for us because it will be the first night of live music that Mirage has ever had," Waterman said.
"It is part of a movement to support up-and-coming local bands and bring music fans an alternative to the typical top 40 dance music scene that has been suffocating the industry for years."
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