Bakersfield has produced two of the world's most legendary artists: Nu-Metal band KoRn and Country Music singer Buck Owens. Meet Nyceria, the next four piece alternative rock band out of Bakersfield. Nyceria is led by front man, singer guitarist, Aaron Crowell. The band also includes his brother Adam Crowell on the drums, lead guitarist Alex Pennock, and bassist Michael Payne.
Things started in early 2003 when Aaron first picked up a guitar. Without the constraints of formal lessons, Aaron was able to truly develop his own unique style of writing and creativity. His brother Adam also proved to be a natural and the two quickly started searching for their bass player to be.
Now, Alex didn't live in Bakersfield or even California for that matter. No, the then twenty-two year old hippy was aimlessly drifting the nation, living in his 1985 VW Cabriolet. It wasn't until the summer of 2003, at the request of an old flame, that Alex headed out west to Bakersfield, unknowingly igniting the series of chain events that would eventually bring him to the garage.
Aaron's passion for music lies with hard rock/metal bands like Slipknot, KoRn, and Mudvayne, while Alex favors the likes of The Chemical Brothers, Alice in Chains, and Nirvana. So, when Alex was approached by a local 80's "butt-rocker" who wanted to desperately bring back glam rock and hair metal, one would assume Alex's musical roots would scream "NO!" but suffering from extreme boredom, he agreed. Shortly thereafter, Aaron, who was simply buying a pack of strings, was approached by that same blonde perm. Proving beyond a doubt, that fate will have its way. Three months later, the two would part ways with the 80’s fanatic, finally bringing Aaron, Alex, Matt, and Adam together as one. It was the spring of 2004. Nyceria, was born.
Unfortunately, at the end of 2005, the four would separate for reasons as simple as accepting more hours at the everyday 9 to 5. However, a sound as unique as Nyceria's is not easily forgotten. In the summer of 2008 the four of them, unable to ever completely let go of that sound, reunited with the sole purpose to share its uniqueness with the world. Matured, focused, and more determined than ever they recorded their first eleven song album, Eternal, at A.S.R. Studios in the summer of 2009. Upon completion, Nyceria would concentrate on making that raw sound as available as possible, playing such venues as The Roxy Theatre, Whiskey-A-Go-Go, and The Knitting Factory Hollywood. They travelled from California to Idaho, sharing the stage with artists such as, Brian "Head" Welch of KoRn, Ratt, Hed P.E., and L.A. Guns.
In the fall of 2010 Grammy Nominated producer Luigie Gonzalez, (Gwen Stefani, The Killers, Ricky Martin) intrigued with Nyceria's sound, offered to help "fine-tune" and record a five song EP. The EP was completed in February of 2011.
Between the months of February and April of 2011, Nyceria's EP reached the creative mind of Hollywood cinematographer Ricardo Moreno (Juan Gabriel, Marco Antonio Solis). Inspired by the sound of Nyceria's single "Scathe," Ricardo offered his services in the form of video production. Nyceria would work with Ricardo over the course of the next five months, releasing their first video, "Scathe" in August of 2011.
Nyceria is no ordinary band, a "musical anomaly" as described by Luigie Gonzalez and his colleagues. By combining heavy nu-metal styled riffs with techno/grunge leads, darkness has become melodic and emotional. Nyceria has brought the power to feel again. To excite.
No Nyceria isn't ordinary. Ordinary bands party, play in bars and wait for someone else to perfect them. Instead, Nyceria has taken the time needed, investing in themselves as performers and artists, creating a professional sound, EP, and video to share with fans and the music industry today. They are confident that someone will recognize their talent and what they have to offer and that this someone will invest in them, to help get their music to the world.
Is Nyceria the next legend out of Bakersfield? You be the judge! Nyceria can be found on YouTube, iTunes, Facebook and at their website: www.nyceria.com
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