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Westward by van ... maybe

April 25, 2006|by TIFFANY ARNOLD

THURMONT, Md. - Talk about a road trip.

The three-man punk band, Corrupted Youth, is gearing up for a cross-country tour in May. The Thurmont, Md.-area band will travel to California and back, playing in most of the Southwestern states along the way.

How will they do it? In bassist/vocalist R.J. Holmes' 1990 Ford van that Holmes bought for $300 from a plumber who used it for work.

"The transmission's out, and I think it needs a new motor," said Holmes, just before they left for a weekend gig in Philadelphia.

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That van has already taken them many places, said Brandon Free, the band's other guitarist/vocalist. The van carried them through a tumultuous, though successful, East Coast tour last year, Free said. The van lacks air conditioning and heat, and it was often where they slept between gigs, drummer Alan Flickinger said.

But the band hopes to go even further by landing a major deal with an independent record label, as they have already been shopping labels. If signed, they hope to stay true to their sound, which they described as "all over the place."

"I hate to be the clich punk-band guy," Free said, "but a lot of the stuff I see and hear on the TV and radio, the stuff that gets signed - it's like the same thing."

As for now, the band is working on their latest album, "A Sentiment Half of Horror." They released their first album, "This One's For You," in 2003.




About the band



Guitar/vocals: Brandon Free, 20, of Thurmont

Bass/vocals: R.J. Holmes, 19, of Thurmont

Drums: Alan Flickinger, 24, of Thurmont

Genre: punk

Influences: all over the map - from The Cure to Foo Fighters, among others

Upcoming shows: May 5 at Charm City Art Space, Baltimore. All ages.Visit www.ccspace.org for more information.

Web: www.myspace.com/corruptedyouthmd

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