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Local Band Alert: Meet The Youth of Fate Awaits


Local Band Alert: ThisisReno takes a closer look at local bands in this series of 5-minute interviews. This week we chat with Fate Awaits.

Reno has a great music scene and the best venues you could ask for, as everyone who lives here knows. People who’ve just arrived to town always say, “The music scene where I came from was nothing like this.” Now, Reno can add one more thing that even makes it better: a group of kids, (yes, I said kids) that can hold their own against a lot of bands that are much older and more experienced. The band: Fate Awaits.

Fate Awaits is a four-member Reno rock band formed in 2016 with musicians aged 12 to 15 years old. They are primarily a cover band, playing a wide variety of songs dating back to the 60s and continuing up to current rock hits, but are currently working on some original music to add to their song lineup. When they are on stage the fact that they’ve yet to graduate high school completely disappears and all you see or hear is a band of polished musicians. You will currently find them preforming in restaurants and bars across Reno, Sparks, and Virginia City.

Current members include:  Miyah Walker (vocals), Manning Gray (guitar/vocals), Landon Gray (bass/vocals), and Scott Courts (drums). Landon Gray has been nominated for a 2017 Forte Award in the “Best Bass” category. You can vote for him at forteawards.com

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

Fate Awaits: The band members met when we were part of an organization called “Reno Rock.”  We played at several venues and events in the Reno-Sparks area and won Favorite Rock Band in the Forte Awards last year. In November of 2016, we decided to advance our careers by forming our own band named “Fate Awaits.”  We have had an amazing year and have a strong fan base ranging from ages 8 to 75+.

TIR: How would you describe your sound and style?

FA: Fate Awaits has a very eclectic sound and style that reflects the uniqueness of each band member. We play everything from classic rock, hard rock, punk, and alternative music from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and the present.  We have had a very positive response to our original rock song called “Merry to the Sight” and we are working hard on several other originals.

TIR: How can people listen to your music when you’re not playing live?

FA: Fate Awaits has a Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/fateawaitsband/ and a YouTube Channel at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCX78U77n6JPjIDucsEvTr1A. Fans can also listen to our podcast with the Worst Little Podcast at: http://www.worstlittlepodcast.com/podcast/fate-awaits-this-one-time-at-rock-camp/. We are currently working on an EP for release in the near future.

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

FA: In five years we plan on continuing playing at local venues as well as headlining bigger venues and going on a West Coast tour. We will continue to learn and grow as a band by improving our expertise as musicians and vocalists. We feel that it is important to challenge ourselves and acquire as many skills, techniques, and knowledge about music history and theory as we can. Thankfully, there are so many talented and helpful musicians in the Reno, Sparks, and Fallon areas to show us how it’s done!

TIR: What is the biggest attendance that the band has played in front of?

FA: The largest venues that the band has performed in front of are events like Sculpturefest, JMax Productions, and Run-a- Mucca. The band regularly plays at venues such as Sparks Lounge, Elbow Room, Jub Jub’s, and Fallon Theatre.

Fate Awaits is like a diamond in the rough. They’re pretty good right now, but they will get even better with more stage experience, dedication, and most importantly, a lot of hard work. Be sure to catch the band’s next show; you’ll definitely be amazed.

And always remember to support your local bands and venues … Go to a Show!

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.