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Local Band Alert: The Electric

By John Tuckness

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

The Electric bills themselves as “a high octane, hip-shaking, greasy, rock ‘n ‘roll trio from Reno.” The band’s authentic, no frills rock, and they pride themselves on bypassing the trends: keytars, fake hillbilly overtones, and angry-at-dad lyrics.

Meet The Electric: Billy Gunn (vocals, guitar, party host), Darin Goslar (bass, backing vocals, jean model), and Brooklyn Reiff (drums, hand claps, x-ray tech).

I first met Reiff and Goslar several years ago when they played in another local band called Courtesy Call. The band never really disbanded; they took what was supposedly a little time off so bandmates Elyssa Lee (lead vocals) and Silkin Corson (bass) could have a baby. Well, as you can tell, they never came back. So Reiff and Goslar found Gunn, and the rest is history. The first time I saw the band I knew right away they had something awesome there. Go see them play live and you’ll know what I mean.

Recently I asked the band five questions, here’s what they had to say:

ThisisReno: Who came up with the band name and logo?

The Electric: Billy is an egomaniac and initially wanted to call the band Billy Gunn & The Fog. Brooklyn caused a scene and said it sounded like he and Darin were some hired backing band. After a few fist fights and name-calling, we agreed on THE ELECTRIC. Simple and to the point. It just gets confusing when we play acoustic.

TIR: What bands are you influenced by?

Electric: We’re all over the place, but at least we all agree that Sublime sucks.

Gunn: Butch Walker, KISS, Prince.

Reiff: Blink-182, Taking Back Sunday, Brand New.

Goslar: At the Drive In, Glassjaw, Megadeth.

TIR: How would you describe your sound and style?

Electric: A straight-ahead, high-energy rock ‘n’ roll trio with catchy choruses that you can sing along with, pump your fist to, and do a little dancing.

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

Electric: Super wealthy and famous … probably headlining Coachella, Lollapalooza, or even the Rib Cook-Off.

TIR: What’s your favorite thing about Reno?

Gunn: All the dogs I get to pet at the parks

Reiff: The mountains and Hot Topic.

Goslar: Bubblegum and all you can eat sushi.

There you have it. If you’ve never had the pleasure of seeing these guys play a live show, what are you waiting for? You won’t be disappointed; you can take that to the bank. Get updates on The Electric’s gigs at https://www.facebook.com/TheElectricReno/

As always support your local bands (like this one) and venues, Go to a Show!

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