Nate Bevan - Guitar & Bk Vocals
RJ MacLean - Bass
Randy Elmy - Drums & Percussion
Jon Novakovich - Guitar & Bk Vocals
As band names go, perhaps thereâ€™s never been one so fitting, so apropos, than The Drama Club! Not that thereâ€™s friction amongst the members of this superior Pennsylvania-based five piece rock outfit. On the contrary. But the journey each of the groupâ€™s members has endured Ã¢â‚¬" the path theyâ€™ve all been on, that finally led them to one another, to The Drama Club Ã¢â‚¬" has been both long and laden with major label successes. That journeyâ€™s taken them to all four corners of the world map, and over the years, each individual memberâ€™s grown Ã¢â‚¬" mentally, creatively, spiritually. For The Drama Club, itâ€™s been about building up to this point, to realizing a career goal.
The Drama Club, who recently opened for Velvet Revolver and Hoobastank at the Ford Pavilion in Scranton, PA, solidified their lineup in 2005. But for Coyle, the road leading to this new band was both bumpy and marked by monumental career moments. First, his heavy metal-tinged band Lifer broke-up shortly after the band released its self-titled debut through Republic/Universal Records. The disc, produced by Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson, sold more than 40,000 copies, and the albumâ€™s first single, â€œBoringâ€, was a rock radio staple. Also, the song â€œBreathlessâ€ was featured in the film â€œThe Scorpion King,â€ and helped that movieâ€™s soundtrack sell over 715,000 copies, earning it certified gold status.
After Liferâ€™s demise, Coyle found himself packing up and moving to Chicago, where he worked alongside former Filter guitarist Geno Lenardo and drummer Steve Gillis on a project tentatively dubbed Widescreen. Coyle eventually quit Widescreen and moved back to Pennsylvania. â€œIt just didnâ€™t really work out in Chicago,â€ he says. â€œIt wasnâ€™t my thing. But Coyleâ€™s time in Chicago wasnâ€™t wasted. Over the course of two days, he had the chance to meet Deftones frontman Chino Moreno, and the two musicians spent much of that time working on different ideas together.
Upon returning to his native Pennsylvania, Coyle teamed up with guitarist and vocalist Nate Bevan and bassist R.J. MacLean (both formerly of the melodic screamo band Stalemate, whoâ€™d been signed to Hatebreed frontman and the host of MTV2â€™s â€œHeadbangerâ€™s Ballâ€ Jamey Jastaâ€™s Stillborn Records), to form The Drama Club.
â€œIâ€™ve known these guys for a while, but weâ€™ve never really played in a band together,â€ Coyle says. â€œBut, these were the better people that I knew from around here,â€ the Wilkes Barre/Scranton area. â€œSo, we started jamming last year with various other members, but we just recently solidified the band with the addition of guitarist Jon Novakovich and Drummer Randy Elmy.â€
Producer Bill Appleberry, famous for his work with The Wallflowers and Adema heard some of the bands early demos and immediately flew out to Pennsylvania to see the band live and eventually produced their debut EP entitled â€œGreatest Hits.â€ The EP was mastered by Dave Collins, who has worked with Soundgarden, Queens of the Stone Age and Perry Farrellâ€™s Porno for Pyros.
Each of the songs on the â€œGreatest Hitsâ€ EP feature Coyleâ€™s powerful, emotive pipes, Bevanâ€™s masterful riffage, MacLeanâ€™s clean, throbbing basslines, Elmyâ€™s tight, exalted drum work, and Novakovichâ€™s dynamic chords, creating a puissant rock sound thatâ€™s both melodic, potent and catchy. While all of the songâ€™s on the album are destined to become rock classics, the record boasts several stand-outs like â€œThe Calloutâ€, Why Do We Pretendâ€, â€œHooray For The Losers.â€ Then, thereâ€™s The Drama Clubâ€™s impressive rendition of the Eurythmicâ€™s â€œHere Comes The Rain Again,â€ on which Coyle manages to take the song and make it his own with his unique and far-reaching vocal abilities.
For frontman Nick Coyle, The Drama Clubâ€™s also about much more than ascribing to the current rock trends or following the stringent guidelines of one specific genre. Rather, the bandâ€™s focused on crafting melodic, progressive, and infectious straight-ahead rock songs that, at their heart, honor the original purpose behind rock-and-roll: theyâ€™re songs Coyle and the rest of the band have a good time playing. That makes The Drama Clubâ€™s music more honest than the cookie-cutter rock that seems to dominate the airwaves. Speaking of the bandâ€™s lyrics, Coyle says theyâ€™re about life experiences, plain and simple.
â€œWeâ€™re not going out there and telling people to change the world,â€ he explains. â€œItâ€™s rock music, and thatâ€™s where we all kind of came from. With music, you kind of branch out in all these different directions, and sometimes, you get lost. For me, with Lifer, it was cool, and it was kind of what was going on at the time, but I mean, Iâ€™m a fan of big hooks and rocking Ã¢â‚¬" like Guns Ã¢â‚¬ËœN Roses type stuff. The real rock instrument stuff, and thatâ€™s what we were all trying to go for when we play this music. Itâ€™s just fun rock.â€
Now that their albumâ€™s completed, Coyle and the rest of The Drama Club have been touring the region playing clubs and one off dates with Breaking Benjamin (Hollywood), FlyLeaf (J), and Sound The Alarm (Geffen). They also were recently featured on PureVolume.com, and voted the #1 unsigned â€œrock bandâ€ (September 2005).
â€œGreatest Hitsâ€ Ã¢â‚¬" Self Released LP
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Check out the artist's website:
1. The Callout
2. With Me or Against Me
3. Here Comes The Rain Again
4. Hooray For The Losers
5. Why Do We Pretend?