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Music Mondays: We Were Giants


This week’s featured local band: We Were Giants.

Written by Aaron of @concertphotography208


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Music Monday is ready to strap in and enjoy the musical experience that is, We Were Giants.

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This metal band started back in 2015, they came together because these friends wanted to fulfill one common goal, to create a unique sound and write music that means something to them and to their audience. We Were Giants has fashioned an extremely powerful experience not only for the band members but for the audience as well. Blake Davis, clean vocals, said “I’d describe it for me [as] I’m just being my honest self that I can’t be in every day living. We are all like that but it just works in harmony.” Music Monday could not agree more that the harmony created by Blake and Kenneth Logan Peel, harsh vocals, is something to be sought after. Watching these two fantastic singers bounce off each other like an angel and a demon fighting over control of the stage and is what many bands strive for, saying “Our theatrics match our sound.”


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Blake got his start by learning the acoustic guitar he received for his 15th birthday. He took to the guitar like a fish to water learning his first song in 4 days. This was the beginning of a beautiful romance between Blake and music. He started writing music and jamming with his friends to find his style of, and even played at the Boise Venue, may it rest in peace. Kenneth grew up with music, “Growing up I basically had a resonation with music because of the form of expression each song I listened to.” He said. It was in high school that Logan struggled and found a way to express these struggles with his lyrics and music. Logan explained, “Music is my therapy and helps ease my life.” Music Monday can relate to this especially, as music has been a savior for myself as well. Michael Faylor, drums, found his love of the drums at the age of 8 when his father, also a drummer, bought him his first kit. Michael jammed along with the greats such as led Zeppelin and Chicago. Michael’s father taught him the fundamentals of drumming and moved on to teach himself how to paly double bass. As Michael grew older he discovered bands like Korn and Slipknot. Some years later Michael uploaded a drum cover of Ragnarök and We Were Giants asked him to join! Josh Street, Guitar, started music at a young age and stuck with it to eventually find themselves in the line up with We Were Giants

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This band considers their music to be a reflection of themselves. They bring different backgrounds of musical styles and different musical influences to the band but as they have a vision for the group they come together to create their unique sound.


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As with most bands they have struggled with putting their feeling into their art and creating something that was marketable at the same time saying “trying to navigate through the business aspect and we are definitely no exception to that rule. Our biggest triumph is definitely our fans and the opportunities we have been given such as Vans Warped Tour and multiple sold out shows.”



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Music Monday has had the pleasure to see this band perform and was completely blown away by their energy. The bands spirit and sheer ability to connect with the audience was awesome. From the distinguished drumming of Michael, to the amazing guitar skills of Josh and finishing it off is the Blake and Logan duo who bring the experience right to your face. Make sure you see this band perform as you will not be disappointed. This is a crew that wants to lift the mood saying “Spreading a positive message and fighting for positivity is our goal and we feel that the sound we give off does exactly that.” Building that audience connection is something that We Were Giants challenges themselves to do every show and I can honestly say that it really comes through.

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Make sure to see these guys live at Deathproof this Wednesday, March 7, with another great local band Forsythia. 

Thank you Aaron for featuring this great local band! Make sure to follow We Were Giants on social Media (Instagram + Facebook) and Aaron (Instagram + Facebook).

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Music Mondays: Faded Leroy

Written by: Aaron, ConcertPhotography208

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Faded Leroy

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It’s time for Music Monday to throwdown with the high energy, post-hardcore, band Faded Leroy!

The beginnings of Faded Leroy are rooted within Brendan Nickel, guitar/vocals, and Beau Kolar, drums, playing in various bands for nearly a decade and touring regionally with a local band called Abrupt Edge. In 2012, Brendan found himself between projects but kept up with Beau a few times a week. These jam sessions between the two created an album’s worth of material, but they needed help to further the idea. Brendan and Beau sought the help of Jeremy Cummings, vocals, and after a few bassists the trio put a Craigslist ad out to find their fourth. Brian Lewis answered their call saying “We hit it off immediately.” And from that fateful Craigslist ad, and friends striving to create, the awesome band Faded Leroy was born.




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Faded Leroy

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The band brainstormed for a name for quite sometime ending up with a list of hundreds of names! The band had everyone pick 5 names off the list they felt were the best and Faded Leroy was on everyone’s list. “Faded Leroy is a character that time forgot, that people passed by. He may fade into the shadows for a time, but he will eventually have his day. It's a lesson in not underestimating people that presently fade into your background, because you never know when they will come back to haunt you. It's also about not worrying what people think of you and using your hardships to make you stronger.” They said. We all can relate to this message of the character that Faded Leroy represents. Everyone experiences times of hardship where life takes them on a different path but eventually we find ourselves again. Hardships make us stronger, this band’s name and their performance is wonderfully electric, and you can feel it from the audience.

Brian found his connection with the bass while playing with his first band and continues to strive for perfection each time he plays. Jeremy found his love for the harsh vocals by screaming along with his albums. Jeremy staid “…it was something I was arguably good at and I enjoyed writing poetry/lyrics and creating music. Got serious about vocals when I joined a band called Sub*Vert in the early 2000’s.” Brendan grew up in a musical household with a mother who was a concert pianist as well as a piano teacher. Brendan started playing piano at a very young age and backed up his skills by studying music theory. As he grew older he moved from the piano to the guitar and spent hours self-learning the songs of Tool, RATM, and Alice In Chains. Beau started playing the drums at 12 years old and hasn’t stopped since!


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Faded Leroy

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Each band member brings their own musical influences to the sound that is Faded Leroy. Influence is drawn from Deftones, RATM, Tool and Sparta. As a group the band tries to create music that fits their world and their thoughts saying “As a group, we have always tried to let our music develop organically and never really set out to write a particular style of music. We really just try to let the music happen naturally.” The band understands that their music may change with the current state of tension in their lives and the lives that surround them. The band members, much like the character that is Faded Leroy, understand that there are dark times in life and they use their music as a healthy expression.

This healthy expression can be found within the band’s lyrics. Bringing the thoughts of frustration, conflict and loss into the feel of their music saying, “the band has become very cathartic and is often a place for us as individuals to work out things that we are witnessing or going through personally.” These guys do not want to sit on their struggles but provide a type of positive message or solution when it comes to facing any type of conflict in life.



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Faded Leroy

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In 6 years, the group has written, recorded and produced two full length albums as an independent band, which are awesome! They have had the opportunity to open for great bands and play at some fantastic venues. They love connecting with the different bands and their fans as they play their gigs. They look forward to playing and expanding their fan-base.

The band would like to “…Thank all of our fans, our families, the promoters, dj's, venue owners and all the bands we've played with. We are honored to have the privilege of doing what we love and sharing music with others and we appreciate all the people that help us make that happen.”



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Faded Leroy

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Music Monday has been fortunate to see this band play several times! Each time they leave everything on the stage and hold nothing back. If you hear the that Faded Leroy is playing anywhere in the Boise area, make sure you see them. You’ll feel better about life no matter what ales you as this band will allow you to release some tension!


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Faded Leroy

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