Introduce us to your band!
We are 21 Taras. We are a 5-piece rock band from Littleton, Colorado. Our new album “Change” will take you on a journey through some of our favourite periods of music from past to present. With influences from early 50s jazz to mid-60s and 70s rock, the album will keep you guessing from track to track. Covered in layers from head to toe, Change serves as an audiophile’s dream and is just the beginning of what is to come for 21 Taras.
2. How did you guys start out?
The band started with James and Alec and dates back to their high school years. The foursome of James (lead guitar), Alec (drums), Jimmy (bass) and Austin (rhythm guitar) all shared the same school grounds which later developed into a full-fledged friendship as four out of five soon to be members of 21 Taras. I (Julian – vocals/keys) joined in 2014 when the band was still at its earliest stages; before the final name change to 21 Taras would ensue. I met James online on a band finder site and we later quickly met up for a band rehearsal. They had a few songs written that still needed vocals and lyrics. You can hear a few of these tracks on 21 Taras debut album”Seize The Ocean”.
3. Describe your band’s sound.
That is a very loaded question. I approach it rather simply, however, as we just tend to have an open-door policy when it comes to our songs and ideas that we bring to the table. Nothing is off limits. I think we all prefer to not stay in one box musically, so to speak so it is rather freeing to have that mindset even within the confines of a typical album structure. Our last album dabbled in the 60s and 70s psychedelic and classic rock as well as some soul and jazz influences. We have a new single set to be released at the end of next month (December) that is more of a late 70s disco feel. We have some more tracks upcoming that I don’t even know how to describe. Couple tracks with some ragtime influence with a bit of craziness spread throughout.
4. What influences your craft?
Bands like The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Queen, The Doors and the Zombies; just to name a few. For Austin, it would be more of a Tame Impala and the Strokes kind of influence. For James, Earthless and Randy Rhoads. Alec loves Little Feat and Deep Purple, while Jimmy has a huge hip-hop background with artists like Kendrick Lamar and Death Grips as influences. These all come together and form one big musical love fest.
5. What makes your band different? Why should people listen to you?
Well, we try to give the listener something new every song. Something unexpected. But we also want to make them think. There can betimes for a simple joyous feeling throughout the music, but we also want to give off a sense of general anxiety with some of the tracks. Whatever we can do to give a true sense of how we view the world and our current mindsets at any given time. We will keep you on your toes.
6. When introducing people to your music, what song should I show them first? What is your quintessential track?
Off of the last album, I would say Getting’ Hungry, but this always changes for us. Gettin’ Hungry is a bit of a jazz-rock-influenced number featuring backing vocals by the lovely Mia Klosterman. sleep softly from the same “Change” album is another one. This song features a few older instruments like mellotron and electric piano as well as the bountiful amount of vocal harmonies.
7. What has been the biggest struggle in your career so far?
We have had some internal clashes that I am sure most bands deal with as well. Communication is a huge part of the band dynamic. Weare always talking to each other and looking out for one another. This is truly a family, and we have been through a lot together.
8. What has been the biggest highlight in your career so far?
Just going on our first few tours as a band. The feeling you get from going on the road for the sole purpose of playing your music is just an inspiring and adventurous time. Each time we go out is more exciting than the last. The biggest highlight for sure would have to be changing a flat tire on the side of the road during our last tour.
9. How bright is the future of your band – what are the plans?
We just released a new music video for Sleep Softly; a track off of our new album. You can view that here:
We also have a single to be released at the end of the year. We are always writing so look forward to some new music to start 2019 as well.
10. When all is said and done, how would you like to be remembered?
That’s not really for us to decide. Plus, it is much too early for that. I guess just to be remembered as a band that ultimately had fun and did what they wanted to do. And if we can impact some other people’s lives along the way then that is awesome. Everyone has their own idea of success, and there are smaller successes on the way to a larger one. You always have your eyes set on that, whether it is attainable or not.
Find out more about 21 Taras on their website: https://www.21tarasband.com/?fbclid=IwAR1Tve5ns42f49sAVfne_RdF8Kj9RjyTXiNE-pS-xf6_oCw0UzSD6XoXe2Q