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Teen band tearing into music scene

They may be young in years and short in size, but winning a recent Sacramento music competition and an opportunity to record their own music could be a welcome growth spurt for members of the Nevada City band The Shreds.

The musicians who dub their music a cross between folk and grunge rock are set to perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Crest Theatre in Sacramento, along with 11 other bands and one soloist.

They’ll have a chance to win 25 hours of recording time if they win a popular vote of the show’s attendees or they catch the eye of a local producer.



“If we get the recording time, then we could make a CD or at least get a good start on it,” said the group’s guitarist and lead vocalist, Dylan Rodrigue, 15.

The Shreds, which includes Rodrigue, Blake Severn, 14, who plays bass, and Griffin Meyer, 13, on drums, already have six original songs featured on their MySpace page.




The group formed out of a larger area rock band known as 13 and has been together for nearly two years.

As with most teens, it’s hard to pin the laid-back group members down about what in their daily life inspires them to write songs or be part of a band or what they want to accomplish.

“I just write whatever comes to mind at the time,” Rodrigue said.

That free flow of expression has led to songs titled “Oggy March,” “Saturday Flowers 1,” “Drop D” and “Melon.”

But it’s easier for them to cite musical influences as varied as 60s icons Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles, and more modern acts Nirvana and The Shins.

Like any young group, their cover songs, including John Lennon’s “Cold Turkey,” Jimi Hendrix’s “Hey Joe” and Nirvana’s “Serve the Servants,” back up those influences.

“It’s just fun,” Meyer said of the whole band experience.

Severn, who also sings some of the group’s songs, would be thrilled if their efforts could lead to a concert tour.

But with none of the band members old enough to drive, their parents end up chauffeuring The Shreds to area gigs.

“They’re really supportive, even though they think it’s the devil’s work,” Rodrigue said jokingly.

That parental support system drove them to the SN&R Jammies competition, a two-day concert series showcasing Sacramento area high school musicians.

Jammies winners have 10 minutes to perform their songs at Saturday’s show, Rodrigue said.

Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 on the day of the show. To get tickets, contact Rodrigue at 478-7789 .

For more information on the group, visit myspace.com/ theshreds1.

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To contact Staff Writer Greg Moberly, e-mail gmoberly@the union.com or call 477-4234.


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