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How to start a band

By ALEX CAHAN

The Mirror

When members from local bands form a Truce, the results are very encouraging.

Formed in June 2003, Kent-based Truce was formed by members of different bands coming together to create another group.

“We created a band by recruiting the best musicians from local bands,” said lead guitarist T.L. Terrell.

The members had played shows together before and formed a friendship.

“I wanted to play with these guys for a long time,” said lead vocalist Adrian Zender. He added jokingly, “I eventually forced myself into their band.”

The lineup consists of Zender from Bellingham’s Real Life Hero, Alex Eldridge (drums) from Federal Way’s Furious George, and Terrell, Alex Budinich (bass) and David Rispoli (rhythm guitar), all from Seattle’s Second to None.

Truce plays rock with influences ranging from Led Zeppelin to Story of the Year.

“We especially like Story of the Year for their live acts and song complexity,” said Zender.

With their melodic guitars, powerful drums and a solid bass, Truce has been steadily gaining fans with every performance. The band doesn’t like to be classified to any particular genre. While their early music was a little more pop/punk-sounding, their style has begun to be more definitive.

“We’re not trying to pigeon-hole ourselves,” said Zender. “Our music has progressed and we’ve become more of a hard rock band. We’re not a New Found Glory-Ataris type band now. The difference is that the music has matured and our demographic has expanded so that we can appeal to older crowds, as well as younger fans.

“Too many bands bring in parts of too many genres. We just want to be a rock band.”

When they first started performing, Truce gave away their albums at each show because only friends would come. “And then we noticed people we’ve never seen before coming to get CDs,” said Eldridge.

The band gave away 7,000 CDs in 2004 alone and now charges a small fee. However, there are free downloads on the band’s Web sites.

The band has been making progress over the years.

“You keep setting goals. You meet one, you set another and move ahead,” said Zender.

They spend a lot of time working on music to submit to recording labels. While currently unsigned, they have recently taken on a new producer and a lawyer who are working on getting them signed to an independent label. There have been a few close calls and positive feedback, so the band members remain optimistic.

On stage, “we want our shows to be energetic. People pay money to see us, but they don’t want us to just stand around,” said Zender.

Something else the band tries to do is keep writing new music.

“It makes things different and it feels good during practice to do something new,” said Zender.

Zender and Terrell write most of the lyrics, but the music is usually a collaborative effort by all the members. The lyrics tend to be positive, but they encourage the listener to find the greater meaning.

“We want to encourage people to think, to question what surrounds us, to find a hope within the chaos. All these crappy things happen to us and we need to find hope,” Zender said.

Despite the positive outlook, as in all situations involving several people working together, things aren’t always peaches and cream.

“I think the No. 1 difficulty is keeping everyone happy,” said Zender.

“Sometimes we get pissed at each other,” said Budinich. “But it all works out in the end.”

The band name actually stemmed from an argument. No once could agree what to call it until Budinich said they needed to call a truce and quit arguing.

Truce doesn’t tour. However, if a record is released, they will go on a regional tour to promote it. Assuming they do release an album, they would release a single to local radio stations four to five weeks prior to the album.

According to Eldridge, the best part of performing is to see the fans’ reactions.

“When you’re up on stage and someone is screaming your lyrics –– someone you’ve never seen before –– you can’t help but think that’s cool,” said Eldridge.

“We love to meet fans. Just come and introduce yourselves,” said Terrell.

News intern Alex Cahan: 925-5565, editor@fedwaymirror.com. To request that a band be featured in the Mirror, e-mail acbands@hotmail.com.

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