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About No Left Turn:
No Left Turn is a rock 'n roll band composed of brothers Matt (drums) and Tommy (guitar, vocals) DeAngelis, Billy Behman (bass), Andrew Segall (guitar), and Carter Sanders (keys, vocals) that has it's roots firmly planted in the blues. The band began nine years ago with a casual jam session between inexperienced musicians and saw many iterations before arriving at the current line up in the summer of 2014. Throughout their long history, No Left Turn has risen from playing covers in middle school talent shows to rocking the stage at the opening date of Warped Tour 2015 in Pomona, California with a diverse range of original material. This summer, the band, who have now all entered college and range from 19 to 21 years old, plan to build on their success and establish themselves firmly within the Boston music scene.
"This is a song written by our drummer, Matt DeAngelis, two years ago. It was the first of a few songs, from various members of the band, that constituted a real breakthrough for No Left Turn in terms of the development of our repertoire of original music. In that sense, and in the sense that it’s one of our favorite songs to go crazy jamming on, it’s a special one for us. As far as this video goes, you’re in for a real treat. We find it captures the vibes of the band, and tangentially related people associated with it, in a way that defies words."
How would you characterize your musical style?
Though our style is undeniably rooted in the blues music that each of us holds so dear and the classic rock covers that we played for so many years, the wonderful reality of No Left Turn is that we come from a diverse range of musical backgrounds. This comes across in our music in an exciting way. Besides being members of No Left Turn, between us, we actively play in Traditional Jazz, Jazz-Fusion, Metal, Folk, Indie, R&B, Funk, and Experimental bands. With such a broad array of colors to draw from, each set is an exciting and new adventure.
What is one thing we should know about you - what's your story?
We’re a garage band that somehow has made it out of the garage. We like to have fun, mess around with each other, and not take ourselves too seriously, all of which we’ve miraculously been able to pull off thus far while still producing serious music. Outside of the band, we’re all friends and have shared interests that have nothing to do with music, which we think is great! We hope that we can always maintain this attitude and that this band never stops being something that we do primarily because we love it.
What are your music goals?
Though each member of No Left Turn pursues their own individual music interests, this band is our place to have fun. It’s a place where we can just enjoy the wonder of making music in a setting where we’re comfortable enough to take risks, to play what makes us happy, and to pull on the thread of the seemingly irreverent, just to see what happens. The musical goals of No Left Turn are to embrace music for the sake of music, have fun, and get as many people involved and happy along the way as possible.
What do you think is the difference between good music and great music?
I can’t claim to speak for the entire band on this one, but for this drummer, there are two things that make music great, each of which debatably can’t exist without the other. Great music has to hold some kind of deep meaning to the person, or people, performing and/or arranging it. Great music also has to make at least some of the members of its audience feel something powerful enough to evoke some kind of emotion. If this reciprocation of meaning can occur between the musicians and the audience, that’s enough for me to say the music is great, no further questions asked.
The members of No Left Turn
What do you think are the biggest challenges of being a young musician?
Two immediately come to mind. The first is the dichotomy between the lack of available opportunities for young musicians to play in serious settings and be treated as artistic professionals and the perceived urgency of “making it” while you’re young. The seemingly irreconcilable dilemma presented is both extremely disheartening and frustrating to young musicians. The second, which is related, is the way that young musicians are perceived and, following from this, the way they often perceive themselves. It is rare that young undiscovered musicians are seen as artists. It seems to me we have a hard time dissociating value from traditional understandings of success.
How did you learn about Pavoh?
We learned about Pavoh through word of mouth, and are very glad we did! Pavoh is helping to provide opportunities for young artists to get their music out there, build performance skill and a repertoire, and taking the often overwhelming guess work out of getting gigs. We think all this is great! Keep it up!
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