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About no rehearsal
This week Pavoh features no rehearsal as Artist of the Week. They are a blues rock/pop band from Houston, Texas composed of three 19 year-old guys, Matt Cobb (Lead Vocals/Guitar), David Shorey (Drums), and Christian Mireles (Backup Vocals/Bass) - with the peculiar name, no rehearsal. Whether they actually rehearse or not is a question for another time, but something that’s not in question is their ability to blend the elements of blues rock’s blistering guitar solos with the subtle grooves of an indie rock rhythm section packaged into your favorite songwriting and melodic elements of pop music.
Interestingly, no rehearsal’s focus as a band is to break the pre-conceived notion that “young people” can't keep up or have music of both technical and emotional value. Drawing influences from the seamless guitar heavy pop sensibilities of John Mayer, the melodic intricacies and atmospheric tones of The Neighbourhood, the raw, gritty blues packaged for mainstream media shown in The Black Keys, and the band dynamic and ability to just make solid pop music seen in The 1975. As these are just a few of our influences, they are no rehearsal, and have given us the appreciation of both classic and modern music. Although music has been divided into genres since the beginning of the industry, to classify no rehearsal into one specific genre could be blues/rock, but it could also be alternative, or indie, or pop, and by saying that they hope to convey to you that no rehearsal is a versatile, genre crossing outfit, that is more than worth your listen!
What should we know about you? What's your story?
Our formation as a band began in 2009 when Matt's 5th grade teacher (he was in 6th grade at the time) asked him to perform with him and some of his other previous classmates at the elementary school talent show. We never rehearsed in person and thus coined the term as a joke, no rehearsal. The name just stuck and as Matt progressed and began to really get serious with guitar and forming a band, he kept the name no rehearsal. Flash forward to 2013, no rehearsal was asked by Berklee College of Music to open up for their day party at SXSW. Around Halloween of 2013, David Shorey began playing drums for no rehearsal and in January of 2014, no rehearsal was entered into the 2014 International Blues Challenge under the youth category representing the Houston Blues Society. During the summer of 2014, Christian Mireles joined the band to play bass.
We headed into Sugarhill Studios (Houston, TX) in May 2015 to begin recording our debut EP "Late In The Midnight Hour" with Cody Franz. On June 10, 2015 we released our pre album single "Before The Midnight Hour" which contained 2 singles from the full EP, "Winter/A Winter's Passed" and "He Loves You (When She's Not Around). This year Matt attended Berklee College of Music , Christian attended Bunker Hill Community College in Boston, and David did basics at Lone Star back home in Atascocita. The story is only beginning but we just released our debut, studio recorded EP, Late in the Midnight Hour, October 3, 2015 via Soundcloud and Bandcamp, as well as all major digital music retailers and streaming services (Throught CDBaby).
Featured video: A.M.
A.M. Is the third track on our debut EP “Late in the Midnight Hour”. Late in the Midnight Hour is a blend of all of our varying influences and experiences into one album. As our first EP, it's raw, it's honest, and it's a straightforward representation of us, relying solely on the interaction between guitar, bass, drums, piano, and vocals. The EP can be described as chronological story beginning by detailing the early stages of love and naivety of youth, progressing into realization of emotions felt in a toxic relationship, coping with lost love, and protecting others. Detailing the raw emotion and angst that everyone feels at some point in their lives, we hope to meld our experiences communally.
What do you think is the difference between good music and great music?
Good music to me is music that is enjoyable and like the description says, is considered “good” by the listener. The difference is that great music can stand the test of time, and that is where good music becomes only good music. If the song or compilation is listenable a couple of years to even decades later, that is truly great music, the music that is the time stamp of an era even after its prime era.
What do you think are the biggest challenges of being a young musician?
I feel this question so deeply, and my answer is that people seem to think that you have to have life experience to be able to play and write like you have life experience. It’s the same thing as being in love, there is no age to love. If you feel it at age 10 then I believe you feel it at age 10. If it takes you until you are 40, then so be it. In general people don’t take young musicians seriously, especially in the blues world. If I can keep up like the rest of them, then what does my age matter?
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