The lights dimmed, and excitement filled the air as the band took to the stage. A line up of several alternative bands gathered at The White Swan, a music venue near downtown Houston, to showcase their best songs. The bands, A Distraction, 3036, Albatross Peak, and Mr. Meringue played loud and performed for a crowd of energetic young adults, that packed into the music venue.
One of the bands, A Distraction, is made up of four seniors from the high school. Christopher Kirk, Michael Jeudy, Kareem Garcia and Brandon Rodriguez, all seniors from the high school, formed the band and now write music and preform together.
“We formed our band two months ago, but we have played together for about a year, with each other. The thing that inspired us the most was the live performances. We all like to play live and feel the energy there,” Rodriguez said.
The group decided to form their band after realizing they all had a passion for music. The boys met at the school’s Guitar Club. They realized they each had a talent and love for making music and performing. Their friendships with each other have grown since they began performing together.
“I formed it when I met them, and it didn’t become official ’till now. We are best friends and I think that’s the best, because we all get along and it’s like a family. I’m glad we all came together in such a good way and there are only fortunes awaiting us in the future and we’re lucky for that,” Rodriguez said.
Each of the members has had a passion for music since their childhood. This passion for music led them to forming a band and making their dreams, of becoming an artist, come true as one.
“I’ve known Brandon since elementary school, and we both became interested in music around the same time in middle school, so when he started making music he asked if Me, Chris, Michael would play for him. He’s a cool guy for us to hang around, so we formed A Distraction and have been playing together since then,” Garcia said.
The band takes inspiration for their music from 1960’s progressive rock bands and 90’s rock bands, such as, Mild High Club, Nirvana, The Grateful Dead and, Savoy Brown.
“The type of music that influenced our band is mostly psychedelic progressive rock like Pink Floyd and The Doors, but I also take inspiration from Kurt Kobain for riffs and catchy power chord. Jimi Hendrix and Joe Bonamassa are also notable names that inspire how I play a solo in a song… our work could be considered as psychedelic progressive rock,” Jeudy said.
When writing a new song, the group either meets, or separately, to find a sound that will fit the mood of the song they are writing.
“The process is always different on each song. I prefer to get some good chords or a nice little riff going. I think that’s the most important piece and makes a song stand out,” Rodriquez said.
With busy school schedules, the group struggles to find a lot of time to practice all together but, they understand the sacrifices and work that need to be put in to keep the band running and successful.
“Mike (Michael) and I play together almost everyday after school and the band gets together at least once a week and usually more when preparing for a gig,” Kirk said.
The moments in their lives, whether it’s love, failure, happiness or, sadness, and their feelings inspire the lyrics. Each of the members will look at a relationship or event happening in their life and the lyrics create themselves from their feelings. A few examples of their songs are, Afraid Of The Truth, Infatuation, Dancing in the Dark, Sunset Kiss and, A Heartfelt Song.
“The lyrics always come out easily and I usually write about however I’m feeling at the moment. Some of it is a bit of everything at once because sometimes I don’t stick to one thing and the subject may change from fear, love, anger or peace. It’s like a journey in the song,” Rodriquez said.
After a hard process of songwriting the band comes together to perform in front of large crowds. On stage they all feel different emotions but, share the feeling of accomplishing their dream of performing their songs for audiences.
“When I’m on stage, I feel incredibly excited that all the people in the crowd came out to see my friends and I perform, and I hope our performance will be memorable and super enjoyable for them,” Garcia said.
The group hopes that their band gains more attention and becomes successful as they continue to perform at different venues in Houston and throughout the rest of Texas.