Having been raised on the music of bands like Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, and Alice Cooper, I’ve long believed that the key to a new era of rock will be to take what they did a step further.
Josh Decker – Lead vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboard
Alex Carroll – Lead guitar
Pat Austin – Bass
Brett Lowe – Drums
Person Interviewing: Josh Decker
Song name: Mystery Girl
Music Genre: Rock
I live in: Lincoln, Nebraska!
Back in 2015, our drummer Brett, our at-the-time bassist Dan, and I were at a pizza bar in downtown Lincoln. At some point in the night, Brett got it in his head that it would be funny to convince the waitress to bring us enough lemons to completely cover the rim of the drinking glass he had.
We left that dinner thinking we had a great idea for a song – jokingly entitled “Lemon Girl” – and we got to work on it at our next rehearsal. We quickly realized that we liked the chord progression our guitarist Alex had written so much that we had better change the words to make the song something we could actually play live and not feel ridiculous while doing it. Thus, “Mystery Girl” was born.
An amalgam of all sorts of influences brought together with the intention of bringing an old-school approach of Rock n’ Roll to the new era. Having been raised on the music of bands like Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, and Alice Cooper, I’ve long believed that the key to a new era of rock will be to take what they did a step further.
Casting Shadows (our debut album) and the song “Mystery Girl” specifically are indicative of our broad range of influences and our desire to incorporate as much of that into our sound as possible.
I think that our follow-up album will be more much focused and deal with the catchier, more upbeat aspects that shone so bright on the first record.
What piece of music advice forever changed your way of thinking?:
Back in 2013, we had the honor of opening for Black Oak Arkansas, who are practically southern rock royalty. Our drummer at the time, Tyler Schneider, and I were introduced to Jim Dandy and we had the opportunity to speak with him for a couple of hours.
He was one of the sweetest, most down to earth guys you could ever meet. I will never forget how he told me, “to believe in myself when I’m onstage because if I don’t, no one else will”. This completely revamped my way of thinking about performance and stage presence. I figure that if Jim Dandy inspired David Lee Roth to do what he does, I’d be wise to take his advice myself.
“Believe in yourself on stage because if you don’t no one else will.”
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