Many new musicians have dreams of playing big time shows in places where they first saw their favorite bands play. Whether it is playing at Madison Square Garden or just at a local pub, there is special meaning when you’re up on the stage where you once watched your favorite bands perform.
Philadelphian rock band The Flood is about to accomplish a great feat in its relatively short career. While its members won’t be at Madison Square Garden, the Temple based group will be on the main stage of the Trocadero on Friday, April 29.
Two of The Flood’s members attend Temple, including the band’s bassist Matt Tenaglia. He’s excited for his group to perform at the “Troc,” where many notable acts and up-and-coming bands perform.
“I’ve seen a lot of bands come through there. Like real bands have been on that stage and now we are going to be,” the Temple junior said. “This is definitely going to be a cool moment for all of us. You definitely want to be on the same stage that you have seen your favorite bands play.”
The band has only been around for a short time, working hard to battle it out in the underground scene to gain the recognition they need in Philadelphia. The band’s Web site emphasizes the group’s commitment to “original” rock music.
“We all have some really interesting musical influences and we don’t want to sound like your typical radio rock,” Tenaglia said. “We do want to have mainstream appeal but we want to offer a breath of fresh air. We try to inject our musical influences in a way that people can identify with them, but we don’t want to get too crazy.”
The idea of big time stardom is a dream for many bands and artists and it’s no different for The Flood. Tenaglia said the band hopes that through hard work, it can get a solid Tuesday night spot at the Grape Street Pub in Manayunk.
“We would love to get signed and get some radio play,” Tenaglia said. “We’re trying to break into the original Philly music scene right now. We just really want to try and get some support from the Philadelphia community.”
“One of our goals is to get a good spot on the Tuesday night line up at the Grape Street Pub because 93.3 [MMR Rock Radio] always hooks it up and endorses it,” he added. “We are definitely aspiring for that because we want to get the support [and] we want to get the recognition and the good gigs. [We are trying to] get good with the venues so we can open up for a national act and hopefully get a record deal.”
The Flood has just wrapped up work on their upcoming self-titled EP, available for purchase at their April 29 show. The group hopes fans will come out and get loose with them at the Troc.
“We are finishing up our EP. It has six songs on it and we are thinking about putting some video clips on it too,” Tenaglia said.
“We love it when fans dance to our songs. We just try to get loose on stage,”
he said. “We don’t get crazy and like rock out and break beer bottles and smash our guitars.”
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