Catch Tantrum 2 Bllind in concert at Laney's in Lake View, January 21, 9 p.m
Every rock n' roll band strives for a sound of its own, and area band Tantrum 2 Blind is no different.
The five-piece band, all in their early-to-mid 20's, have been together since 2001, when four Newell -Fonda High alums and singer-songwriter Scott Kreis from Fort Dodge united in hopes of making a mark in Iowa, and they hope, on a national level.
"I think that's the goal of just about every band," said Josh Nielsen, a Newell native and the band's lead guitarist and singer.
"Some bands want to sign a contract with (a major label) right away," Nielsen, adding that that rarely happens within the first few years.
"We know we have to take it in stages, with baby steps along the way," he added. Nielsen said the band hopes to gain a statewide following in Iowa, then regionally in the Midwest before it can hope for a national following."
0ther members of the band are rhythm guitarist Collin Davis, bass player Josh Braunschweig and drummer/vocalist Jesse Wipperling.
Back in 2001, Tantrum 2 Blind started out playing mostly covers. They played everything from 70's dinosaur Grand Funk Railroad to the 1980's hits from Bon Jovi.
They also played more recent material from the likes of Dave Matthews, Audio Slave, Jimmy Eat World and blues guitarist Jonny Lang.
They also covered some metal bands such as AC/DC, Metallica and Alice in Chains.
Nielsen's parents were in bands in their younger days, so they had an extensive music collection, something they eagerly passed on to the band.
"I grew up listening to a lot of classic rock, everything from the Grateful Dead and Led Zeppelin to Deep Purple and the Beatles," Nielsen said.
"Some of my favorite older albums are from ZZ Top, and I've been listening a lot to the CD 'Slippery When Wet" by Bon Jovi," he said. "The guitarists of those bands (Billy Gibbons and Richie Sambora, respectively) are both very good."
He added that his favorite record of all-time is Incubus' Morning Glory.
Nielsen said that bassist Josh Braunschweig and drummer Jesse Wipperling listen to jazz artists Miles Davis, Charles Mingus and Count Basie.
Such diverse influences among band members contributes to a diverse song lineup.
"We've written some songs that could be played on country stations, even though we don't consider them country songs," Nielsen said.
Tantrum 2 Blind is unique among some younger bands in it's approach to playing as well as its vision of the quality and depth of music it produces.
Nielsen said the band makes its share of mistakes during any given show, but its individuals are striving to get better on their instruments. That's in opposition to the so-called 'punk ethos" of throw-away tunes and unpolished technique.
Similarly, Nielsen and the band will strive to record CD's that have few throwaway songs.
"I like to listen to a CDs like Green Day's 'American Idiot,' where every song is great, as opposed to some one-hit wonder where there is lots of filler," he said.
Nielsen added that the band is making steady progress, and is being played on a number of local stations, including the BVU college station.
"I remember hearing one of our songs on (the BV station) while I was driving and being really thrown by it," Nielsen said. "And having a CD out is another big step. Even if you don't make it, it's something that you've done and will be remembered by."