Local metal band seeks Warped Tour votes
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By Kaydon Coburn  March 15, 2013 12:00 am


Rohnert Park metal music mavens, Arrythmia, hope to be performing this summer’s Van’s Warped Tour by winning the regional local band voting contest. If successful, it would give the band a chance to play the upcoming Warped Tour on June 22 in Mountain View.

“Warped Tour would be the next step for us to be discovered, guitarist and vocalist Devin Johnson said. “If we played Warped Tour, we would be able to share our music with people who genuinely want to hear it.”

Exposure at a Warped Tour performance could be the springboard to Arrythmia’s rock ‘n’roll dreams. Headliners of this year’s Bay Area Warped Tour concert include Hawthorne Heights, Forever the Sickest Kids, Man Overboard, Motion City Soundtrack, Chiodos, and We Came As Romans.

“Playing Warped Tour would be the opportunity of a lifetime. Not only would it allow for us to spread our music, but it would also let us pursue our love for writing and performing,” said Nico Lamaison, (guitar/vocals).

The Top 100 Buzz Rated artists for each tour stop will be eligible to win a slot to play live. All 100 artists will be reviewed by a panel of industry professionals; four of those artists will be selected to play live.

“This is where we need the help of everyone in our community,” says the group.

Claiming musical influences of the likes of August Burns Red, Parkway Drive and Killswitch Engage, Arrythmia declares their musical niche is “metalcore," a modern branch of the ever-evolving roots of the “heavy metal” musical tree.
“It is very hard to catch people's attention. You must play your music as often as you can…you also must be 100 percent original,” Johnson said.

Arrythmia’s lineup is completed with Jordan Buechler (bass) and Michael Colburn (drums). Johnson, Buechler and Colburn attend Rancho Cotate High School, and Lamaison is a student at St. Vincent de Paul High School in Petaluma.

“It is truly an honor to be a part of such a supportive and dedicated group of musicians who share with us a strong passion for music. All of us have been playing since elementary school, and it has now become one of the most important parts of our lives,” Lamaison said.

Arrythmia credits the Great Burro Studio's Rock Band Camp in Sebastopol, and studio owner Spencer Burrow for encouraging them to pursue their music passions. Lamaison, Johnson and Colburn have attended the camp multiple times. Both Johnson and Lamaison began playing guitar together when they were in elementary school.

"The musical journey that we have experienced thus far has been such an amazing experience. Music is no longer an activity, but more of a way of life,” Lamaison says.

Last January, Arrythmia released a demo CD “40 Days, 40 Nights.” You can vote for Arrythmia by “liking” them on Facebook and clicking on the link posted. Voting ends on Saturday, March 16. You can also find more via YouTube search at Arrythmiaband (one word).

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