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:
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!
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.