First feature band ever! Since this is the first one of these I’m doing it might be a bit rough, but I hope y’all find it interesting.
This months feature band is Take a Side out of Farragut, Tennessee. Take a Side formed back in December of 2011 as a way for 4 friends, with a love for both listening to and playing music, to combine their unique talents. The band consists of Mason Laning on lead vocals, Alex Ferguson on guitar and backing vocals, Henry Pack on bass and Trevor Burkett on drums. What most impresses me about these 4 young men is that they are only sophomores in high school. Which is crazy beacuse they have loads more talent than lots of much older bands posses Their sound is self describe as “Underwater elevator music on steroids, with Bill Cosby”. Though I’m not sure what they mean by that, I guarantee you their brand of Alternative rock speaks for itself. A few of their major influences include: Incubus, Circa Survive, Foo Fighters, The Joy Formidable, Mutemath, and Pierce the Veil. Speaking of Mutemath, they will be playing at the Bijou coming up on the 21st.
Take a Side’s song writing is to say the least, a group effort. In fact that’s where they derive their name from. What I was told is that when writing material all the band members have different ideas of what to do, they all take their own side but in the end are able to settle on ideas they can all agree on. It’s the variety of ideas that imparts the name “Take a side”. Their lyrics draw heavily on shared experiences both good and bad that they feel anyone can relate to. So far they have released two songs : “No Turning Back” and most recently “The Right Track”, both of which you can find on their Facebook page. They currently have plans to start recording more later this month and hope to have their debut EP out early next year.
If you want to see them perform live you have but to wait till October 27th when they will be playing a Halloween show. More details are to be announced so keep an eye out for that, I hear though that they will be playing band favorite “Deep End” at the show,. As well they plan to play more gigs once they release their EP. In the mean time I hope you enjoyed this look at one of Knoxville’s up and coming bands and be sure to check out their 2nd single “The Right Track” below.