The emergence of young bands, such as After Skool, in the Cayman Islands is ensuring that the musical scene remains vibrant and fresh.
Consisting of David Lee on bass guitar and back up vocals, Stephen Aleria on lead guitar and lead vocals, Franklin Brown on back up guitar and Johnathan Wilson on drums, the band was formed at John Gray High School where the members are students.
“We had the same perspective on music, which was really the foundation for the group coming together,” explained band member David Lee.
The band is becoming known for their rendition of tunes from the likes of Guns and Roses, Nirvana, Bruno Mars, Zombies, Carlos Santanna and the Eagles and has already played several notable shows. These include the National Festival of Arts, where the band won three gold awards; two for original songs, as well as the First Place Trophy for percussion and the Second Place Trophies for strings and band.
After Skool has also played the 2011 Muzaic Youth Showcase, the Philippines Independence Celebrations of 2010 and Cayman Youth-fest, where they came in second and bought a much needed drum set with the prize money. Add to these shows, International Human Rights Day 2011 and numerous school functions and it is easy to see how the young group is seasoning themselves for even greater feats.
The band also played one of their original songs publicly for the first time at the International Human Rights Day festivities.
The guys cited their influences as Guns and Roses, Bon Jovi, Bullet for my Valentine, Avenged Sevenfold, Black Veil, Slash, Carlos Santanna and Bob Marley, in addition to their parents.
For more information on the After Skool band and how you can get the group to play for your event, contact [email protected] or 324-6424.