Tri-State area teens of Novak mix up progressive-indie sound

February 14, 2006|by TIFFANY ARNOLD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Members of the band Novak were hesitant to call their sound "progressive indie."

"Everybody says they're 'indie,' there's like so many definitions of it," Novak's frontman and keyboardist Zach Gregory said during a recent rehearsal.

"I don't even know what that means any more," drummer David Price said, twirling a drumstick. "But we're definitely progressive. I guess we are kind of 'indie.' Just say we're progressive indie."

That pretty much describes the hard-to-describe Novak, a five-piece band of Martinsburg High School students who started playing together in 2004.


Novak's influences come from another hard-to-describe band of progressive rockers called Mars Volta and indie rockers Coheed and Cambria, Dave said.

They frequent Ruritan and Grange Halls throughout the Tri-State area. Their next show is in late March.

About the band

Vocals, keyboard: Zach Gregory, 18, of Martinsburg

Bass, back-up vocals: Cliff Kurt, 17, of Martinsburg

Guitar: Chase Price, 17, of Martinsburg

Guitar: Tom Fleming, 16, of Martinsburg

Drums: Dave Price, 17, of Martinsburg

Genre: progressive-indie

Web: Check site for upcoming shows.

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