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INTERVIEW: Reno’s Wacky Yet Danceable Serenity Awaits


Serenity Awaits
Serenity Awaits. Photo: John Tuckness

Local Band Alert: ThisisReno takes a closer look at local bands in this series of 5-minute interviews. 

This week we interview Serenity Awaits featuring:

Ben Boren (Lead Vocals/Rhythm Guitar)
Charlie Gomes (Lead Guitar/Backup vocals)
Jonathan Kondor (Drums)
Anthony Wright (Bass)

ThisisReno: How did you get started and who are your fans?

Serenity Awaits: We got started, Ben and myself (Gomes), at an open mic night and we started jamming and coming  up with music. He had music himself that he had written words to and I just came and brought the lead guitar. Then after that, just through time and doing shows and stuff like that, Ben and I went our separate ways for a little while. Kondor and Anthony joined the band and then we all came back together full circle. We’ve been playing ever since. Our fans are just pretty simple folk, regular folk, extreme, exotic folk. It doesn’t matter. Our fans are everyone.

ThisisReno: How would you describe your sound and style?

Serenity Awaits: Wacky, danceable, fun, uplifting, deep.

ThisisReno:  Where can people listen to your music when you’re not playing live?

Serenity Awaits: We got a Reverb page @serenityawaits and we also got a Facebook page. If you message the FB page with your email, we can send you the music directly.

ThisisReno: Where do you see the band in five years?

Serenity Awaits: Hopefully going strong and on the big stage with big things going on. Rocking the entire world.

ThisisReno: How can people get ahold of you?

Serenity Awaits: Facebook is the easiest way to get a hold of us. @SerenityAwaitsOfficial and [email protected]. And you can send written messages to reverb.com

John Tuckness
John Tuckness
John Tuckness has been photographing rock concerts in the Reno/Sparks/Tahoe area and as far as Northern California since 2004. He tries to attend as many shows as he can. John knew he wanted to be a concert photographer when he went to his first concert, Kiss and Montrose way back in 1976. He saw three guys shooting the show and thought to himself, "that's what I want to do." After many years of undercover work (sneaking his camera into venues), he finally got noticed and started getting photo passes through PR people and the bands. John has had many of his photos published in newspapers, websites and band autobiographies.