PLATTSBURGH - The words "early" and "morning" and the local music scene have never really meshed well. That is, until four guys came together to form a band in 2008.
The band Early Morning has been playing the local music scene for the past two years, with roots that are intertwined with a series of random events. When looking to form a band, bassist Josh Brown connected with drummer Brent Cross through MySpace. The two were then connected with rhythm guitarist and vocalist Brandon Frenyea through a random e-mail. When Brown dislocated his thumb on a camping trip, Tony Walker stepped in to fill the lead guitar slot.
When Brown returned, Early Morning was officially formed. Their sound is one Brown says he "can't describe," but is most closely labeled as rock.
"The range of bands we listen to are endless," said Brown. "Brandon goes from country all the way to metal, but his big influence is Brand New, Thrice and Thursday. Tony has the darker melodic side to him ranging from Deftones to Stone Temple Pilots. Brent is influenced by Receiving End of Sirens, Emmure, and Everytime I Die. [I'm] influenced by Blink 182, Four Year Strong and anything else that catches [my] ear."
Early Morning's first show was in Saranac Lake on Halloween 2008, with gigs in Albany and Potsdam to follow. It wasn't until December that year the band had its first show in their native Plattsburgh. Since then, the band has played multiple venues in New York and Vermont.
"Our goal is to get a larger fan base in the greater New England area before we hop in a van and start touring the east coast," said Brown. "You can book shows all over, but if you do not have a fan base it is hard to go anyplace."
What's attracted people to Early Morning has been their sound, and mainly because the band writes a lot of their own songs, said Brown.
"Originals are hard to get out and some people tell us we sound like this band or that band, but we just write what sounds good to us," he said. "We write a song and tear it apart; it is a group effort and when a song is done we are proud of it."
"Creating something totally different is not easy these days," Brown added, "but we feel the key is to make a song that makes you want to listen to it again and again."
(Editor's Note: Early Morning will be playing next Friday, Sept. 17, at Gilligan's Getaway, 7160 State Route 9. The show, which will double as a release party for their new album, will begin at 7 p.m. The band can be found on Facebook and MySpace by searching keywords: Early Morning.)