The Eight Fifteens play new songs, covers in concertWritten by Matt Liasse | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Eight Fifteens have covered Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” and Otis Redding’s “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay.”
“What is constantly original about us is that even though we play a good amount of covers, it’s our own personal and original energies that we perform them with,” band member Laine Smith said. The band also likes to cover
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop.”
The Eight Fifteens consist of locals Josh Whitney (guitar and vocals), Charles Hill (bass and vocals), Smith (drums) and Isaac Snyder (guitar and vocals).
The band members say they do not conform to boundaries.
“We don’t stick to one genre,” Whitney said. Rock, country, jazz and blues can be found in their music, he said. Smith attributed that to the different inspirations among the members.
Smith is the newest addition to the band, which was formed about two years before he joined. His first show with the band was during the release party for its first album “Lost Transmission,” which released in late 2012.
“That was a pain in the ass,” Smith said. “I had to learn so much material in three days.”
The album features all original music and took a year to record.
One of the Eight Fifteens’ songs, “If You Believe,” will be the title track to the 2013 CD, “Holiday Wishes III: If You Believe,” compiled by Toledo Free Press as a fundraiser for Make-A-Wish of Northwest Ohio.
Toledo Free Press Editor in Cheif Michael S. Miller, the CD’s executive producer, said he heard the band’s CD “Lost Transmission” while searching for summer-themed songs for an up-coming Red Cross of Greater Toledo benefit CD, “Red, White & You.”
“The band has some outstanding original songs, and ‘If You Believe’ struck me as a perfect message for the Make-A-Wish holiday CD,” Miller said. “We are grateful that Josh Whitney and his bandmates are allowing us to build this year’s CD around their song.”
Audiences can hear their renditions of classic songs at local bars in the area. The Eight Fifteens will perform at The Maumee Elks on June 4, Table 44 on June 6, Studio Z Listening Lounge on June 7 and The Village Idiot on June 8.
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