Lucy Mistreated reaches the top-10 vying for B.C.'s best teen band
Playing original tunes, and amping their audience is crucial to the emerging success of Cowichan-based band Lucy Mistreated.
The progressive-rock quintet — whose tune Sun (Waiting For) recently aired on Duncan's SunFm — aims to pull no musical punches vying for B.C.'s top-teen band crown.
It's working so far.
Listening fans, and judges hosted by YouThink Teen Magazine, already put the local band among the province's top-10.
The winning band could earn exposure, money, and working advice from Wide Mouth Mason's Shaun Verreault, and Hot Hot Heat's Jay Evjen, at Vancouver's Greenhouse Studios.
"Playing covers all the time, you aren't really showing people what you can bring to the table," said lead guitarist and Cowichan High picker Colton Mann, 17.
"Original songs show your opinions on life, what you really care about, and how people should view your music rather than how other people's music should be portrayed."
Mann helps mine Lucy Mistreated's melodies, then lyrics are penned by Ladysmith drummer Cole Saunders, 16, plus Nanaimo singer Colby Kambeitz.
"Our music's more dynamic from lyrical and musical point," said Kambeitz, 17, who attends Woodlands secondary.
"We try and write songs with lots of meaning and that represent our true feelings — it comes from the heart and soul."
He called himself "a born songwriter, because I can't play a cover song but I can write a song in two minutes; it's just inside of me."
His hero, John Lennon, was also imbued with that muse.
"I'd ask John what really mattered to him, and what he wanted to say. I'd ask him what he'd suggest writing about," said Kambeitz, admitting, "That's the toughest question I've ever been asked."
A simple answer about the importance of performing originals fell to bassist Ryan Wallice-Terry, 16.
"It shows what your band can do together," the Cedar High student stated. "Covers just show what you can reproduce, not what you can create."
Creating appealing numbers for fans is helped by capital keyboardist/singer Kaitlin Jasmine Greaves, 16, whom Mann met in band class at Mount Prevost Middle School.
She recently joined the guys for contest duty.
"Kaitlin's an amazing vocalist," said Mann, a Colin James fan.
"It wouldn't be awful to have her in the band — she plays all kinds of instruments, sings, and writes all the time."
A mature bent to the band's musical content could lends them a contest edge.
"We focus on bigger subjects than the simple 'Life and school suck, and luvy-dovey stuff.'
"We also work hard to make our stage presence better," Mann said from the ferry after industry lectures by pros.
"It's about stage performance and people going to see you, and we interact with the crowd."
Wallice-Terry, who digs John Paul Jones, agreed.
"We interact a lot with our audience; we talk to them and get them pumped up with a set that flows together nicely."
Kambeitz was happy, but not really surprised, the band landed in the top-10.
"I don't want to sound cocky, but we had a lot more plays on the files of the voting page — we were more than double the others."
Wallice-Terry also stressed band chemistry counts.
"We're getting pretty stoked. Ryan's crystal ball says we're going to make the top three."
Fans can make a vote visit to the contest website here.