By James Herd
The Derivatives, chosen for representation by Uproar Records this year, will blow up the stage with their unique full band atmosphere.
Composed of Spring junior Tyler Reno on rhythm guitar and vocals, Plano senior Reece Beall on drums, Missouri City senior Jake Barr on saxophone, Fair Oaks Ranch senior Trey Hampton on keys, Waco freshman David Rosenbaum on bass, and managed by Edina, Minn., junior Nash Peterson, delivers a unique sound that distinguishes them from other Uproar artists.
“Other artists are either just one or two people…so the fact that we have a full sound…that distinguishes us,” Beall said.
Reno agreed that the band’s sound is distinct.
“Our originals that we had were real different. A lot of people have said they haven’t really heard anything like it, but they like it,” Reno said. “I think some of the other artists kind of have some similar sounds to other bands but it’d be really hard to try to say ‘Oh, The Derivatives sound like this band,’ because there’s just really not a band out there that we sound like.”
The band will be performing at many events over the next few months with one gig at 7:30 Oct. 23 outside the S.U.B and another Oct. 24 at Common Grounds. The band will also play at Homecoming with the other Uproar artists and at Christmas on 5th Street.
Reno says that at Christmas on 5th, they might be enticed to perform some Christmas songs.
“I haven’t talked to the guys about it, but we might implement maybe one or two,” Reno said. “I think that’d be kind of cool to do. I really like ‘Drummer Boy.’ There’s a bunch of good Christmas songs that we could do.”
Listeners can check out some of The Derivatives’ music by visiting their new Facebook page, where they have uploaded a few sample tracks.
Reno and Beall started the band about a year and a half ago.
“I played drums, he sang and played guitar, so we kind of got together. He had some originals that he brought to the table and I just figured out what to play with those,” Beall said.
They had gigs at Common Grounds and picked up people and had to let some people go, but Reno feels that it is all part of the course.
“[We] just kind of gradually built on…we picked up guys along the way,” Reno said. “We’ve gone through some musicians too. It’s kind of been a process.”
Band manager Nash Peterson said one of the goals for The Derivatives is not only to gain a lot of exposure, but to refine their sound and make it memorable for the listeners and fans.
“That’s the whole reason why I’m in Uproar, to have that experience on what it’s like to manage a band,” Peterson said. “I’d say that’s what I’m getting out of this whole experience.”
For more information on The Derivatives, visit the Uproar Records website at www.uproarrecords.com, or visit the band’s Facebook page.