By Matthew Saunders
Few bands in the Southern California local music scene dare to break the mold and create an innovation sound for their group. Good Rocky’s Revolver is one of the bands in that minority. The band is comprised of Cal Poly Pomona students and alumni and has crafted a unique sound of blues and psychedelic rock, stemming from the band’s combined influences.
Good Rocky’s Revolver started in summer 2012. The band’s founding members, Dan Gee and Evan Achen, originally started the band as a two-piece ensemble.
“When I had originally met Dan, we both did not like each other,” says Evan Achen, drummer of the band and fifth-year graphic design student. “I thought he was a jerk, and I think that he thought the same of me at the time. It wasn’t until I started playing Dan’s drum set one night that we started jamming together and started actually getting to know each other.”
The band was offered to play a summer festival two weeks after it formed. According to Achen, the band practiced for a week straight in order to prepare for its performance. The band ended up playing around 10 songs the day of the festival. The festival was the band’s first public performance with Gee on guitar and lead vocals and Achen on drums.
“Our current bassist, Jacob Cook, found us on social media,” says Gee, guitarist and vocalist of the band and a CPP music industry studies alumnus. “He hit us when we had our temporary bassist, which was problematic. However, we found out quickly that Cook was the better fit for the band.”
The band found keyboardist Michael Webb after bringing Cook on board to play bass. Soon after, the band recorded its debut EP with CPP alumnus Peter Duff.
“I saw them live a couple years ago at a house show,” says fourth-year computer information systems student Cole Fritzenkotter. “I loved the energy that the band put out that night. They have really good chemistry with each other.
“You can really tell they love what they do, and they love playing together. It was fun to watch them that night because after a couple songs into their set, there was this edge that really came through in their music, and it was really apparent. They reminded me of The Black Keys.”
Good Rocky’s Revolver shares the same ambitions as every other band attempting to break into the music industry. The band wants to take its project as far as possible in hopes of turning the group into a career.
“We want to push this band as far as we can,” says Gee. “Obviously, there will be a moment in the future where we get the signs that we need to call it quits. Those signs are nowhere near the band at the moment, so why not pursue this?
“We are all young, so this is the time to push this project as much as we can. We do realize our goals are a long shot like being an athlete, but we believe in what we are doing, and that is why we want to pursue this.”
Pursing music as a career takes more than just being good musicians. Independent bands must also take on the tasks of booking shows, bookkeeping, marketing and more. Good Rocky’s Revolver has kept close to its CPP roots, and just played at a benefit event for CPP’s Music Entertainment Industry Club and Nourish International, as well as Rock The Commons, an Associated Students, Inc. Bronco Events and Activities Team event, on May 1.
“One of the hardest things the band is facing right now is getting our name out on social media,” says Achen. “We also need to play more gigs out of our comfort zone. We play most of our shows in the Inland Empire, and I want to see us branch out to the L.A. scene as soon as we possibly can. We need to do all of that during the times when we are not working at our day jobs or at school.”
Good Rocky’s Revolver passion and ambition shines through the struggle of trying to make it into the industry. The band’s tendency to explore the darker side of blues-rock has given it a sound of their own. The live, raw energy that Good Rocky’s Revolver brings to the stage keeps its fans coming back.
Although Good Rocky’s Revolver announced on May 4 via its Facebook page that Webb departed the ensemble, this does not mean that the band is at its end. Good Rocky’s Revolver is determined to make its dreams become a reality, and the band members refuse to let anything come between them and their goals.
The band’s EP is available for purchase on Bandcamp.
Karina Ultreras / The Poly Post
Good Rocky’s Revolver
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