The beautiful fusion created by each of the five uniquely talented and memorable band members leave music junkies starry eyed. The band is as charismatic as The Beatles and as energetic as Modest Mouse.
Known for their enthusiastic performances, The Bolts will jam at the Cal State Fullerton Pub in the TSU Underground from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday.
The Bolts formed in the garage of band members (and brothers) Austin, Heath and Addam Farmer in 2007.
The five-man band also includes Matt Champagne and Ryan Kilpatrick, a CSUF student.
The band has skyrocketed since winning a battle of the bands competition in 2008 that allowed them to play at the Bamboozle festival at Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre in Irvine.
“We submitted stuff to KROQ, 98.7 FM,” said Austin Farmer, keyboardist and vocalist. “They played some of our music which was recorded in our house, they were demos, and it’s just kind of surreal to see all this stuff happening.”
In the five years since, The Bolts have continued their journey.
The band recorded with producer Andy Johns, who worked with legends such as The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin.
They also worked with Keith Everette Smith, who worked with Jack White and other talented musicians. Smith produced their fourth project, an EP titled Play The Music.
Their latest EP Fall was released this year with four songs to gear up to the band’s first full-length debut album that is set to release by the end of the year.
“I really love ‘This Can’t be Real,’” said Austin Farmer. “I love how the guitars just totally drive the song and I think the chorus is uplifting in a very mysterious twisted way… the song’s lyrics are talking about an outcast in society.”
The Bolts plan to tour in the West Coast area until the release of their upcoming album.
Playing together as a band has improved their musicianship and the group collectively, Austin Farmer said.
With passion in every show they play, The Bolts have set high aspirations. They dream of one day headlining Wembley Stadium.
“We don’t want to stop for anything, even when we’re old hags we just want to keep on making music,” Austin Farmer said.
The Bolts always have different messages in their songs. They hope their music will inspire fans and listeners across the world.
Austin Farmer said the band hopes to bring joy to fans and help them experience any kind of deep emotion through their music.
The Bolts have managed to become successful because each member has incredible talent that allows them to stand alone as impressive performers and musicians. Each is able to provide their voice to the band.
Austin Farmer commented on the various unique talents of his brothers and bandmates.
He said Addam has a lot of harmony ideas that help the rest of them work through it by using pen and paper. Addam’s range can also hit high falsetto notes.
Kilpatrick has a powerful stage presence, said Austin Farmer. He added that when Kilpatrick sings, he has a certain twang that gives him a rock aura.
Ryan also has awesome guitar tone ideas and a very strong tenor voice, said Austin Farmer.
Champagne is given the title of “the best drummer I’ve ever heard” by Austin Farmer. His talent on the drums is described by Austin as solid and powerful.
“He breaks a pair of drumsticks every show,” he added.
On the creative side, Austin Farmer mentions that Heath has a unique songwriting trait.
He often comes up with very catchy melodies and implementing them in the songs.
As for Austin Farmer’s talents, he has an electric stage presence.
“I love putting out fronts for some of the songs,” he said. “Interacting with the crowd is so much fun. I just hope to entertain people, give them a show.”
If given a chance to have tea and crumpets with any deceased musician, Austin Farmer would have chosen John Lennon.
“I feel like he could teach me very cool piano tricks,” he said.
To experience their show in person, visit the Pub on Thursday, and for more information on the band, visit Facebook.com/thebolts.