PLATTSBURGH - Though a fairly new name in the local music scene, Welton Keating is developing a following.
The self-described "throaty emotive punk band" - which consists of Ian Countryman on guitar and lead vocals, Jeff Walker on bass, and Matt Hall on drums - has been fine-tuning its sound since forming in January when Walker and Countryman were toying with the idea of even forming a band.
"We had talked a lot about starting a project for a while, but both had other bands," said Walker. "When my old band, Broken Sebastian, broke up, we decided that the time was right to start writing some material."
Welton Keating's formation was influenced by the band Spraynard, a great punk band from Westchester, Pa., said Walker.
"We keep writing in similar styles, with bands like Title Fight from Scranton, and Red City Radio from Oklahoma City being our main influences," said Walker.
The band's first show was at Olive Ridley's Basement on Marion Street only a few weeks ago.
"Joe Cross asked us to close the show, for Lie Captive, Wake Up Call, The Heisman Hopefuls, and Vice and Virtue," said Walker.
The band was excited, said Walker, because they wanted to add to what the local music scene has to offer.
"Plattsburgh has been putting itself on the map lately for having really good shows, and it would awful to see it go south," said Walker, who noted organizations like the ROTA Studio and Gallery, which regularly hosts performances on Clinton Street, are focused on making sure that doesn't happen.
"ROTA does a lot for our local music community, as it does not take a lot of the door money, which encourages bands to travel back here to play," said Walker. "It is really good to see a gem like this in our city, and hope that everyone can get behind it, and keep it around for the long run.
Welton Keating has since played ROTA and is currently out of town for a show in Rhode Island. Upon their return, the band expects to book more dates locally, and will continue working on a six-song EP or potentially a full-length album.
"We are all experienced with recording, so we plan to do the best that we can on our own. Hopefully we will have something out by mid-summer," said Walker.
In the meantime, the band has a three-song demo available for free download on their Web site, www.weltonkeating.bandcamp.com.
(Editor's Note: Welton Keating has another show planned for Monday, May 16, in Burlington, Vt. Details about the show can be found on the band's Web site or on their Facebook page, www.facebook.com/pages/Welton-Keating.)