By MELINDA WILLIAMS
Pulaski-based band Aside Oceans will perform at Pulaski Theatre this Saturday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m.
The band, which recently completed a national tour based on its new CD “A Lesson in Architecture,” will take the stage of the historic theatre, on West Main Street in Pulaski, at 7:30 p.m. to perform its own brand of rock and progressive blues. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
The band, which has been together about five years, consists of Billy Steele on guitar and vocals, Steele’s brother, Bradley, on lead vocals, Tyler Davis on bass and vocals, and Steve Brooks on drums. All but Brooks are Pulaski natives. Brooks moved here from Richmond.
Last year, the band ended up in the top 12 in Ford Motor Company’s national competition “Gimme The Gig II.” Selected from a field of more than 2,000 entries, Aside Oceans got to travel to Huntington Beach, Calif. in hopes of finishing in the top three and winning a chance to record with Grammy-Award-winning producer and music legend Don Was.
Although they didn’t win the recording contract, band members still consider themselves to be winners by virtue of the fact so few ever get such an opportunity.
According to the band’s Facebook page, Aside Oceans’ sound is derived from a blend of bands that have most influenced them, including The Foo Fighters, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Third Eye Blind, The Smashing Pumpkins, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Switchfoot, Huey Lewis and the News, and Muddy Waters, to name just a few.
In addition to “A Lesson in Architecture,” the band also has two other CDs, “Minds Like Parachutes” released in 2010 and “The Learning Tree,” released in 2009.
When they’re not performing or on tour, the group shares an apartment in the town of Pulaski and work at Bella Pizzeria.