Hey all, BJ here.
Another week zipped right past and its time for your fave column, BJ’s 3 W’s.
A couple weeks ago I got a chance to see a very young and very awesome band perform and by young I mean the oldest band member is 17 and the youngest of them 13. I wrote a little about them in the column a few weeks back and now was given the opportunity to do a little talking to the singer of the band for the youngest band signed to Roadrunner Records.
When they came out on stage I thought the same thing probably any one would have seeing them for the first time… they are just babies. Those babies Rocked!!
Francheska Pastor 17 (18 on Aug. 1st) vocals/guitar (the oldest member) along with the 16 year old bass player Louey Peraza, 14 year old guitar player Mason Gainer and 13 year old drummer Aiden Marceron, the band Bad Seed Rising.
Hey, this is Francheska!
EDN: How long have you been singing?
Francheska Pastor: I have been singing pretty much all my life just for fun and just started taking vocal lessons only about 3 months ago.
EDN: Have you known the boys for long?
Francheska Pastor: I’ve known Mason and Aiden for about 2-3 years and met Louey on the first day of band practice.
EDN: Where are you from?
Francheska Pastor: I’m from Frederick, MD. the boys live closer to Baltimore, Aiden is about to move like really close to me.
EDN: How does your education fit in?
Francheska Pastor: I left school after my sophomore year and graduated a few months ago so I could focus on the band. The boys all do their schooling through online classes.
EDN: Francheska how does it feels to be on stage in front of all those people(the fans) and to be on tour with Adelitas Way and Red?
Francheska Pastor: It feels abosolutely surreal to be on stage with my boys playing for the people! It feels even greater to get a reaction out of a brand new crowd we have never played in front of before! It was great to tour with Adelitas Way and Red they are all great guys and crew members were great too. It was really awesome chillin’ with everyone before and after the sets.
As a matter of fact in a week we head back out to tour once again with Adelitas way.
EDN: Tell us something about your songs.
Francheska Pastor: We all write them together and they are mostly relationship/emotion based themes, not just lover relationship but platonic or people we have met before. Over time and maybe on the next album, I’m hoping for the themes to become more about personal struggles, I want people to be able to relate to my lyrics and realize there is someone out there that knows what they are going through. I would also love to write about more worldly things such as humanity and life itself.
END: Talking about relationships… do you have a significant other?
Francheska Pastor: I myself do not have a significant other at this time, when Im in a relationship I find myself to be too emotionally invested and become distracted with stress and the relationship itself that I can’t even focus on the band. I’d rather live in the moment with my friends and family, make memories, focus on my career, rather than spend time on my phone making meaningless conversations with someone I’m only infatuated with.
EDN: How do all of your parents fit in and feel about the band and your touring?
Francheska Pastor: The are all extremely supportive, there isn’t a day I take it for granted. We wouldn’t be where we are without them. We actually have 2 dads on tour with us, Mason’s and Aiden’s dads. They tour manage and get us from city to city and all that.
END: What bands have you been inspired by?
Francheska Pastor: On a personal level Dance Gavin Dance, Being as an Ocean, Issues and our local mates Marmozets. So rad to see other women tearing it up out there! Suprisingly I also take and interest in the Rap and R&B genre like Kendrick Lamar, Tyler, The Creator and J. Cole.
EDN: As a band what has been your biggest challenge?
Francheska Pastor: The “biggest” challenge we face and on a regular basis, I use the word biggest loosely is having people take us seriously with our young ages.
I hope we get back to Eugene real soon. We had a great time!
EDN: Eugene looks forward to seeing Bad Seed Rising again!
Thank you Francheska! You Rock!
Now it’s time to see what’s happening this weekend… here come the 3 W’s, Where, When, What’s Happening!
Rock out with Dragstrip Superstar at Bugsy’s on Sat. the 11th. (Guest drummer John Troute)
Embers Supper Club: Fri. and Sat. Coupe de Ville.
Hi-Fi Music Hall: Fri. Foreverland, tribute to Michael Jackson.
Old Nicks pub: Fri. Full Lush, Skemata and X Boyfriends.
Sat. The Haymarket Squares, Small Leaks Sink Ships and The Crossroads Exchange.
The River Stop Restaurant and Sports Bar: Sat. Helmet Pony.
The Mohawk: Fri. Jet Harris and The Hotrod Hellcats and Sat. Rad Rangers.
Three Rivers Casino: Rock-n-roll with Frown Squad.
Wow Hall: Shellac, Shannon Wright; 8:30pm $13 & $15.
Happy Hours: Fri. Party with Johnny Wilde Band, featuring Scott Johansen beating on drums.
In Cottage Grove at the Village Green: on Fri. Tonewood Trio, Jazz. Sat. Gumbo Groove; – Fungrass.
The Axe and Fiddle: Fri. Farmhouse Odyssey, Maw Band. Psychedelic, pro-rock. Sat. Krystine Kills, Ismay -9pm ; alt-rock, $5
The Black Forest: Fri. King Ghidora-10pm and Sat. Bent Knee and Era Coda-9pm.
Mac’s: The Tommy Hagan band. Blues/funk. $7 starts at 8pm
Have a great and rocking weekend, ta ta for now!
As always please don’t drink and drive.