What: The Adarna album release party
When: 8 p.m. Sunday
Where: Der Hinterhof, Leavenworth
Information: 548-5250, leavenworthbeergarden.com
It’s not the kind of thing you’d expect to hear from a guy whose public persona includes a mohawk, black jeans, chains and leather cuffs:“I love opera,” Will Moore says. “The worlds aren’t so different. They both come from such a natural place … it’s less focused on technique and more on your ability to just let go.”
Moore is the lead singer of The Adarna, a rising Seattle rock band that’s headed for Leavenworth this weekend. Realistically, the band could have run with any musical genre when they formed two years ago. Their lead guitarist, Andrea Jasek, sometimes slips into a Van Halen solo — a nod to her ’80s hair-metal roots. They picked up a talented jazz drummer from New York via Craigslist, and their bassist — a punk-influenced spray-paint artist — in a Harley Davidson shop.
“We knew we wanted to be in a rock and roll band, because that’s something we all loved,” Moore said.
The Adarna will release its latest work Sunday at Der Hinterhof — their second appearance there since Rocktoberfest on Halloween.
“They played for mostly a locals crowd, and the younger locals loved them,” said Der Hinterhof owner Steve Demerest. “I got the feeling we were getting an early view of someone we’ll see later on a bigger stage.”
Though The Adarna might be known for radio rock, they also venture into slow, acoustic songs like “The Smell of Gasoline,” and pop rock, such as “Leave These Parts of Us Behind.” Moore says they’ve been compared to The Cult and the Foo Fighters.
“The kind of rock and roll that I found we really identify with is really grooving with each other,” Moore said. “It’s not overprocessed. It’s not something that’s perfect. That’s something echoed in all the bands we respected, going back to Queen and Bowie. Even though it’s polished, there’s still this rawness.”
Moore and Jasek founded The Adarna two years ago after moving from Los Angeles with their former band, Veritas. At the time, Veritas signed a management contact as a rock band but found themselves being molded into more of a pop group. When Veritas dissolved, Moore and Jasek named The Adarna after a phoenix-like bird from Philippine legend to symbolize the fresh start.
“Everyone here has been in a band before, and this was us rising from the ashes to do it one last time,” Moore said.
They gave themselves five years to find success, and so far, Moore says they’re on track. They recorded a five-song debut EP last year funded through the crowd-sourcing site Kickstarter. The band’s single “Honestly” has been on playlists at major gyms like Gold’s Gym and Bally’s and on 150 online and college radio stations.
Moore said their biggest challenge is preventing burnout while developing their fan base. The band has played more than 120 shows in the last two years. They also have plans to tour college campuses nationwide in the next year.
“Everyone still wants to hear rock and roll, you just have to find where that audience is,” Moore said. “We’ve been finding that.”
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