Local band making noise on national scene
In a matter of seconds, five voices unite as one, and volume climbs from zero, to deafening. The music is fast and loud, ironic, since the band is Screaming For Silence. What started as five guys coming together to play several years ago has now grown into a popular rock band with a national fan base.
In the last three years, we’ve done between 150-175 shows a year, all across the country, coast to coast,” said Danny Irwin, who plays guitar and sings. The band sat down with KETV’s Brandi Petersen during a recent stop in Omaha, where they consider home.
“Four years ago we all kind of decided this is what we wanted to do, as far as quitting our jobs and leaving Omaha, trying to take this show on the road or whatever,” said Irwin.
Screaming For Silence began playing shows in Iowa, and through networking with other bands, started playing at venues across the country. Most recently, they won a national Battle of the Bands contest, and performed at Rock on the Range in Ohio on the same ticket as Linkin Park, Slash and Judas Priest. The band describes the show as one of the most exciting moments so far in their career.
“[It’s the] best feeling,” described Irwin.
“The hair stands up on my arms,” said Zeb Christiansen, lead vocalist.
“You don’t want to leave the stage,” said Irwin.
“It just goes by so fast on stage,” said Casey Newsom, lead guitarist.
Still, the band says nothing about the rock and roll touring lifestyle is glamorous. They describe traveling across the country with only a van and a trailer, (once without air conditioning or heat), sometimes driving all night to play a concert the next day.
“There’s a lot of nights where we stay in our van in a Wal-Mart parking lot somewhere, wake up in the morning, go in, get breakfast and brush our teeth,” said Newsom. “But then you have shows that are very set up, give you a green room, two hotel rooms.”
The band says it’s all worth it to do what they love. They take added pride that they are finding success without a big label; they write their own music, book their own shows, and promote the band without outside help.
As of mid-July, Screaming For Silence had more than 18,000 followers on Facebook, and another 2,600 on Twitter. They released their first album in January.
“You see our t-shirts, people walking around the mall, [like in] Dallas,” said Irwin, smiling.
“Yea, someone just sent me a picture of one in Vegas,” added Christiansen. “It’s just cool to see it’s starting to spread.”
The band hopes people check out their music to support an Omaha band, regardless if they like the genre or not.
“We’re just proud to be from Omaha,” said Christiansen. “Even if you don’t enjoy the music, just come support somebody from Omaha.”
Screaming For Silence will play in Omaha August 28th at the Waiting Room. Their music is also available on most digital music sites.
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