Basement rises

August 01, 2006|by TIFFANY ARNOLD

Rockers from Basement say making good music is more than a hobby.

"All of the money comes out of our own pockets so you have to be committed to it," said Conner Gilbert, guitarist and vocalist for the five-man band.

"You don't want to put out an album with 10 of the worst songs you ever heard," he said.

The band's first full-length album, "Next Year's Memory," released last spring, was a reflection of the best the band has to offer, said Billy Derrick, the group's other guitarist and vocalist.

But it's not the only thing the band has to offer, Derrick said.

Locally, Gilbert said, many of the group's fans are chums from their former high school, St. Maria Goretti High School. "But word is getting out," said Gilbert, a part-time editorial assistant for the sports department of The Herald-Mail. "I've had people come up to me who know us that I don't even know."


The band hopes to build from the momentum that followed the release of its first album. The hardest part, band members said, is generating a campus buzz now that most of them are entering their sophomore years at colleges miles apart from each other.

"If we could do this full time for a living, man, that would be the life," Derrick said.

About the band

Guitar, vocals: Billy Derrick, 19, of Waynesboro, Pa.

Guitar, vocals: Conner Gilbert, 19, of Hagerstown

Bass: Ryjan Van Evera, 19, of Shepherdstown, W.Va.

Keyboard: Dane Schiro, 18, of Hagerstown

Drums: Andrew Jameson, 19, of Hagerstown

Genre: Rock

Musical influences: Weezer, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Oasis, The Beatles

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