Local band wins Band Wars at The Vault
Ascension breaks record, gains fans all in the name of music
Friday, October 11th, 2013
Issue 41, Volume 17.
"I was so pulled in by these guys," Lee recalled.
The members of Ascension are singer/guitarist Kyle Hudson, 20; drummer Anthony Necerato, 20; lead guitarist Zachary Dismukes, 19; and bassist/backup vocalist Timothy Chafin, 18.
Still a relatively new band, forming in February of this year, they adopted their official base member in September.
Money has been the biggest challenge in getting the band going, especially to get equipment and merchandise to advertise. Hudson also said finding the right members for the band has also been a challenge.
"Itís really hard to find the right members that you get along with that are your best friends," he said, although now he feels that his current members are his best friends.
Although they still are an up and coming band, they already have a large fan following. Hudson said the best part about making music is that they can write anything they want.
"We always write about positive things," he said, as well passing along the emotions theyíre feeling to their fans.
Fans seem to connect the most to the love songs the band has written, they also have said they can really relate to the music they write.
"It relates to a wide variety of people," Hudson said. "Itís not segregated to one group of people."
The lyrics can be interpreted to mean something different for everyone, he said.
The band recently played at The Vault in Temecula, where they sold about 500 tickets.
Lee was told by The Vault it was the biggest local crowd in the history of the venue. The following of the band is growing, said Lee.
He said some have compared the band to Jimmy Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Foo Fighters and Muse – all at the same time.
Hudsonís voice is also comparable to Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters.
"Thereís just something about him," Lee said.
Lee explained how some bands just donít measure up to their album once you hear them play live music.
"Their CD is excellent," he said. "You see them in person, itís over the top."
The band also won Band Wars at the Vault.
How it works is each band is required to play one preliminary round and one final round, if the band makes it to the final, which is a total of two rounds in the series. Three preliminary rounds will be held and from those rounds two to three bands will be selected to move on, according to The Vaultís website.
For winning Band Wars, Ascension received a $500 cash prize and they also will open for singer-songwriter Andrew W.K. on Oct. 18, who has made appearance on shows such as Saturday Night Live.
What makes this band unique is that they lock you in, said Lee.
"They hold you in for their set, and they just nail it," he added.
Hudson hopes that if the band does get picked up by a record label in the future, they wonít be encouraged to change their style to appeal to mainstream music.
"I would really, really appreciate it if we could stick to our roots, and that the record labels would understand that," he said. "As soon as you change that, you become something youíre not. And people can tell."
"We are who we are, and we donít want to change for anyone else," he added.
As for the future, Hudson said they just would like bigger gigs and bigger crowds and to increase their fan base.
"[We] just want to make a living on doing what we love," he said.
Ascension will play again at The Vault on Friday, Oct.18.
"Their music is going to make them," Lee said. "Thatís the way it should be."
Ascension can be found at reverbnation.com/xtheascensionx.
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