SANTA CLAUS — A local rock band from southern Indiana will grace the main stage at the Highland Festival Grounds in Louisville, Ky. this month for the Louder Than Life music festival.
Composed of Lucas Washington on lead vocals, Rylan Cox on guitar, Kadin Rea on bass and Teelin Atteberry on drums, The Strangers took part in a battle of the bands, where 128 bands clashed in parentheses for several months to have the chance to play the lead role. stage at the Louder Than Life Music Festival in Louisville September 22-25.
The winner of each installment advanced to the semi-finals and the young local rock musicians moved on to the contest finals on Sunday August 28 against another group at The Troubadour in Los Angeles, California.
The Strangers rocked the stage in LA and as the votes rolled in, the band won the opportunity of a lifetime to perform at the same music festival where Kiss, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Slipknot and many other rock artists and metal will occur.
While the music is something the band has been working on since they got together, they’ve put in a lot of work for the competition. During the streams, the group met one to three times a week to practice and work on the mixes and arrangements of the various brackets broadcast live.
The group came together to spread the word about the competition and messaged everyone they knew to vote and support. The Strangers commented on how much local support helped them get through the battle of the groups and win the competition with their votes.
Three of the band members are graduates of Heritage Hills High School, Atteberry is a graduate of Francis Joseph Reitz High School in Evansville.
The band have been playing together since 2018. The original lineup of The Stranger included their late drummer Noah Loper. Loper is featured on drums in the band’s self-titled debut album released in March this year.
A Noah Loper benefit concert was held in June at Heritage Hills High School where The Strangers, In the Basement and Jesse Rohl each performed. All proceeds from this concert were donated to the Noah Loper Memorial Scholarship.
For the band’s bassist, attending the Muse preform live in Chicago in 2016 is what made him want to play live music for a living. This concert was not just a concert for Rea but a life experience, and he wants to be able to offer this experience to others.
“It was something my soul craved,” Cox explains of why he wanted to play music and be in a band.
Strangers’ music was influenced by the Rock N’ Roll that the members grew up listening to as children. There are a lot of different directions where their songs come from.
Some songs are built from jam sessions and practice. Sometimes their songs are created over longer periods of time and other times a song will come together at some point.
Rea explained that he was a bit nervous about performing on the main stage of such a huge festival, but he knows that feeling will turn into excitement once they reach that stage and start performing. .
Washington has attended the festival for many years and has always dreamed of playing there.
“Now that we’re playing on the main stage, it’s a dream come true, it’s kind of a surreal feeling,” Washington said.
Playing Louder Than Life will be Atteberry’s first time at a music festival of this caliber. Although it’s not a normal experience, it will be a lot of fun, says the drummer.
The band are excited to show the Louder Than Life crowd what kind of set they can put together.
The band currently has a few new songs and a live EP in the works. A new song may be featured at the festival, but their set will also include familiar songs from their debut album. Their album is available on Bandcamp and all major music streaming services.
The band would ask their fans to keep spreading their music and they would like to invite everyone to their show on Friday, September 16 at Chrisney Fall Fest from 8-11 p.m. This concert is an opportunity for the group to celebrate the victory with their fans, the “Legion of foreigners” and the community.
The Louder Than Life Festival runs from September 22-25 and be sure to stay connected with The Strangers social media on Facebook, Instagram and TikTok to find out when they will be playing on the main stage. Also, be on the lookout for news of a potential new single from The Strangers.
The Louder Than Life festival is just the beginning for this young rock band from southern Indiana, The Strangers wants to make a career out of it. They want to continue creating and sharing their music and building a community in the process.