STEUBENVILLE - The members of NeverWake said they are ready to rock the Ohio Valley and beyond with the release of the band's first six-song CD of all original material.
The band, which includes Johnny DiCarlo on guitar and vocals, George Scott on bass and vocals, Marcus Giannamore on drums and vocals and James Watson on guitar and vocals, all hail from the Ohio Valley, from Toronto to Mingo Junction.
The band's first foray into the studio included laying down a selection of songs bridging the gap between modern heavy metal and hard rock and was recorded last year at local producer Rick Witkowski's Studio L in Weirton.
NEW?RECORDING — The members of the band NeverWake are ready to bring their hard-charging sound to the Ohio Valley and beyond. Members of the band include, from left, Johnny DiCarlo, guitar and vocals; George Scott, bass and vocals; Marcus Giannamore, drums and vocals; and James Watson, guitar and vocals.
The band's first recording is only the beginning, with members saying they already have established a template for what they hope will be future success.
"We don't want to be just artists and just musicians," said DiCarlo of the band's ambitious plans. "We want to be an entire network that people can grab onto."
The band's roots began 10 years ago in Mingo Junction, with aspiring guitarists DiCarlo and Watson gravitating toward one another because of their shared love of the instrument and rock, according to DiCarlo.
"James and I grew up together, and I played guitar," DiCarlo said. "Eventually he got into it. We started writing material together, and we wanted to record some tracks. We needed a drummer, so one day asked Marcus (Giannamore) if he was interested."
DiCarlo said Giannamore clicked on drums, and they headed to the studio, with DiCarlo doubling on bass duties.
After the recording, the three decided it was time find a bass player and begin gigging.
DiCarlo, Giannamore and Scott all graduated from Catholic Central High School in 2009, while Watson graduated the same year from Indian Creek High School. The problem of finding a like-minded bass player was solved when guitarist and schoolmate Scott assumed bass duties.
"(Scott) just called us up and said he was interested in playing bass," DiCarlo said. "Two weeks later we did our first show."
The first show at the Triple Play Cafe in Steubenville was a double bill with the U.S. Kids and was a success, said DiCarlo, adding band members built a buzz that drew young rock and metal fans.
"The first show was awesome," said DiCarlo. "Our friends really liked the show."
DiCarlo said the band's next steps have been an evolution of their sound, which he said was "Tim Burtonesque. We're even harder now than on the first recording. We want to sit between metal and rock. We want to bridge the gap and attract people from both sides - metal and rock. That's where we're at now."
The band's influences run from modern metal bands such as Godsmack, Atreyu, Bullet for My Valentine and Avenge Sevenfold to bands with a more popular appeal such as Nickelback. DiCarlo said orchestral and gothic classical music also have become big influences on the band's sound.
But he points out even though other bands are influences, the idea is for NeverWake to create its own sound. DiCarlo said the band has gone as far as charting out themes for its upcoming albums to establish a brand. He added the plan included courting Schecter guitars - all three of the band's stringed instruments are Schecter guitars - and Monster Energy Drink for endorsement deals.
"We don't want to sound like other bands," said DiCarlo. "We're just inspired by that kind of stuff."
Information on NeverWake's and the band's music can be found at www.Facebook.com and www.myspace.com as well as at www.reverbnation.com by entering "NeverWake" into the search engine. The band also can be followed on www.twitter.com.
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