Band Works to Keep Dream Alive

One Dollar Check EquipmentCRESWELL, Ore. — The show goes on for a local band that lost their music equipment in an apartment fire early Saturday.

“It almost brings tears to my eyes thinking about it,” said lead singer Gared Sanne, One Dollar Chack.

But it’s a song local band One Dollar Check is clinging to in a time of hardship.

“I was just in shock really. I didn’t know what to expect or how bad the fire was,” said drummer Charles Gallegos, One Dollar Check.

Flames and smoke filled up this building on South Mill Street, destroying a barber shop, four apartments, and the group’s band room.

“Oh, man. When I first went in, there was a puddle of water on the ground, cords everywhere. It’s looking a lot better now than when we first started cleaning up,” Sanne said.

Also lost in the fire were most of the band’s music equipment, totaling thousands of dollars.

Although they’ve tried to save what they could, it’s not guaranteed the equipment will work..

“I haven’t plugged it in yet. Waiting for everything to dry out,” said lead guitarist Aaron Pierce, One Dollar Check.

“We won’t know for another if they’ve dried out and if they’ll even work,” Sanne said.

But what they do know for sure is those around them are backing them up.

“When we got here and the building was all burnt up, everything that was sitting out in front of the building was music equipment. Nobody in this building went and grabbed their own personal stuff. They came and grabbed our gear,” Sanne said.

“I felt so blessed because it wasn’t their stuff. It’s hard to talk about,” Pierce said.

As they cling to a song they wrote that doesn’t fit how they feel right now; it pairs perfectly with where they’re headed.

“This is my dream. There’s nothing more that I want then to play with these guys,” Gallegos said.

“It put a whole new fire inside of me. The next show I play, there’s going to be a whole new person standing on that stage,” Sanne said.

One Dollar Check’s next show is on November 8, at Luckey’s in Eugene. They have a Go Fund Me account set up to raise money for new equipment, but say whether they reach their $6,000 goal or not, the show is on.

Oregon Marching Band Reveals New Sound

OMBEUGENE, Ore. – Ducks fans can expect a new sound at Autzen Stadium when Oregon takes on Arizona Thursday night. The Oregon Marching Band is debuting new instruments.

In the last two weeks the Oregon Marching Band has put in 90 hours of rehearsal getting ready for game day.

“It was a huge hype for everybody. We were super excited,” said Cymbal technician Elisa Evans.

“You can definitely tell the old drum line versus the new drum line. It’s a revamped, great sound,” said senior and quad player Nathaniel Potter.

Two years ago, the Oregon Marching Band sported new uniforms. Last year new sousaphones. This year, a brand new drumline to the tune of $32,000 paid for by annual funding along with generous donations.

“We know it’s going to come about 6 years or so because that’s how long we can expect the drums to last because after all, you hit them with sticks the whole time,” said Dr. Eric Wiltshire, Oregon Marching Band Director.

New drums. New cases. New ergonomically designed harnesses.

“It’s a great new sound. The snares have a crisper attack, a little bit more stereo. The quads sound much more resonant. The bass drums are super boomy,” Potter said.

The big reveal comes Thursday. Ducks fans can expect the Oregon Marching Band to take field for a pregame game show. They’ll also be back for the half time show, showcasing Huey Lewis.

“We are show casing the new drums. We are show casing the new drum line. We are show casing our new music. It’s a huge sha-bang,” Evans said.

One of the loudest stadiums, about to get even louder.

Candelaria Band Bringing Latin Sound To Eugene


The exotic sound of Candelaria Band is coming to Eugene for the first time.

The Oakland, Calif. based band that has a unique Latin sound will be performing at 10:30 p.m. on November 22 (Friday) at Luckey’s Club.

Photo courtesy: Candelaria Band.
Photo courtesy: Candelaria Band.

Founding member Dan Candelaria said, “It’s mostly cumbia music, and we infuse it with reggae and dub reggae.”

Candelaria said the band’s influences include King Tubby, 1970s reggae, Andres Landero, and Toto la Momposina among others. The band’s lyrics focus on the U.S.-Mexican border and other issues but he said they focus on human stories related to the issues rather than get political.

“We’re really excited,” Candelaria said about coming to Eugene. “We’re doing things I would never have foreseen. We’re coming up to Oregon. I’m playing with my best friends.”

The Great Hiatum


The Great Hiatum

Multiple Genres

Melissa Randel – Vocals
Keith Randel – Guitar/Vocals
James Aronoff – Guitar
Max Miller – Bass
Travis Lein – Drums

Members of The Great Hiatum
The Great Hiatum brings a clash of styles to their music and performances. Photo courtesy of The Great Hiatum

If you’re looking to classify The Great Hiatum in just one genre, you’re going to have a tough time. In fact, classifying them in two genres is troubling as well. This band from Eugene prides themselves on being a little different, something that is evident from the approach they take when composing music. Instead of focusing on just one specific audience, the style of The Great Hiatum ranges from punk to alternative to indie to funk to a blend of everything mixed together. The variation in their music can be well illustrated by listening to the contrasts between Travis’ Song and Scary Situation. 

Whereas Travis’ Song has a much more relaxed and indie feel to the melody, Scary Situation incorporates an interesting play between lyrical beats while emphasizing a little more rock and funk to the music. Led by the vocals of Melissa Randel, these University of Oregon alums have become a prominent band in the Eugene area..


Small Joys


Small Joys

Acoustic Indie

Olivia Rae – Vocals
Michael Stein – Bass
Dan K – Guitar

The Small Joys. Photo Courtesy of Small Joys

Small Joys hail from Eugene, but are well known in the Northwest. Consisting of a familiar acoustic indie combination of guitar, bass and various hand percussion, Small Joys still manage a unique sound heavily reminiscent of late 60’s folk. Olivia Rae’s voice is plaintive without being grating and is well suited to the intimate nature of their songs. Small Joys released their self-titled debut EP in February 2012, and more recently a single “Leaf Let” in September 2012.

Rare Monk


Rare Monk

Indie Alt Rock Fusion

Rick Buhr – Drums
Forest Gallien – Bass
Dorian Aites – Vocals, guitar, keyboards
Issac Thelin – Violin, tenor sax
Jake Martin – Guitar

The crew of Rare Monk getting set for a gig. Photo courtesy of Rare Monk.

Fresh off their latest EP Death By Proxy, Rare Monk has been showcasing their talents all along the West Coast as they get prepared to launch their next full album, their first since Astral Travel Battles.

Though many classify this band in the Indie category, Rare Monk is also very experimental with their sound. At times resembling the sounds of Modest Mouse, Rare Monk experiments with the fusion of Indie with other genres such as alternative and rock. Composed of five members, this band from Eugene, Oregon uses a variety of instruments (including the violin and saxophone) to create a unique sound that keeps their audience wanting more.