Trench Rocks !!!
Trench Rocks started in 2008 as a small project with a few original songs and a couple of local friends. Our music features twelve-eight time signatures with a triple note feel, with both major and minor key tonality and heavy electric and pure acoustic tone. You will hear mild rhythmic syncopation and repetitive intricate melodic phrasing. We are explosive with extensive vamping and demanding instrumentals.There have been several changes over the years to get Trench to our now currently powerful performance machine with James on vocals, Marc and Dan on guitars, Tim on drums and Alan Pettus on bass. We are Original Music and we can’t stop now. So come on out…DEATHSPEED can you dig it???!!!
Current Trench Rocks members. (see bio’s from top to bottom as shown in the picture from left to right):
JAMES BERRY – VOCALS
James Berry is a veteran Vocalist/Guitarist who hails from Chico CA, and who spent 15 years in the Bay Area Rock scene back in the day. It went like this: Jim was a jock in high school who loved Thrash and Hardcore Metal (Slayer, Maiden, Metallica, Anthrax, Death Angel, Etc.) and thought all other types of music were weaksauce, but then realized that a lot of Metalheads were douche bags so he went punk(there was this cute punk chick too ya see). He started singing in garage punk bands and got into all the awesome punk rock music of the day (Clash, Dead Kennedys, Fear, Circle Jerks, Etc.). A good friend also got him into the Blues/Jazz greats too, so now he was all messed up (Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, BB King, Ray Charles, Etc.). He went to a lot of shows (Day On the Green, Warped Tour, Grateful Dead, Reggae on the River, Etc.). Then he got a chance to sing for his first real kickass hardrock band with talented players, in a fun college town, and realized that punk/metal/hardrock were all cool! (Sound Garden, Tool, Nirvana, Rage Against the Machine, Etc.) He moved to Sonoma for college and continued to rock in both punk and metal bands (Inbred Jed and Enslavior), gigged, toured, recorded, created, party, played, fought, loved Etc…Now he is enjoying his “golden years” tearing it up with TRENCH, a Sacramento Hard Rock staple. He learned over time, that all music styles can move your soul, and that music is a beautiful art form. Check out Jim’s acoustic rock band Stoneberry @ www.facebook.com/stoneberry . He hopes to continue to rock to the grave…
MARC WALLIOR - RHYTHM GUITAR
Marc’s first real exposure to electric guitar was from his Cowboy/Rancher neighbor in Loomis. The deal was mow his lawn all summer and get a very used Silvertone Guitar and free sit in jam lessons with him and his friends in return. Done Deal! Southern/Rock and bands like Grand Funk Railroad was where it was at then. As he progressed his early fluencies such as Boston to Led Zeppelin to the Cars ruled. Marc played in several local bands primarily as a rhythm guitar player and in one band as a bass player. Currently he is all about writing original songs striving to keep each song unique but with a common bonding element. A sound that is definitely the sound of TRENCH. Marc’s Motto: Bass is to be missed, not heard…
DAN PEERY – LEAD GUITAR
Had my first guitar lesson around 31 years ago while living in Logan Utah and have been playing guitar ever since in the Sacramento area. I started out with an Ibanez Musician and a 100 watt Danelectro Tube Amp when I was 15 years old. I’ve had numerous guitar lessons with emphasis in rock and classical using a flat pick and finger styles. I have many electric guitars, but usually alternate between three PRS and four Roman guitars for practice, recording, and live performance. I have two nylon string guitars and two steel string guitars in case friends want to join me for a song writing or acoustic jam session. Currently, I use a very thick, 2.0 mm, Clayton flat pick instead of my thumb, and finger pick with middle, ring, and pinky. Occasionally, I will use a brass Jetslide guitar slide. For amplification I use a Fractal Audio Axe-Fx Ultra with a 100 watt Mesa Boogie Duel Rectifier power amp, Marshall JCM2000 TSL60, Rivera M100, or a Line 6 Flextone II. I was a solo artist through the 80′s with influences like Eddie Van Halen, Jimmy Page, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, Al Di Meola, Steve Morse, Paul Gilbert, Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Vai, Jeff Beck, Vinnie Moore, Joe Satriani, Gary Hoey, and Doyle Dykes, among others. Some of my favorite bands include Rush, Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Van Halen, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Sound Garden, Audioslave, and Metallica. I have a very aggressive style on my own with a lot of shredding and hope to continue to integrate my style suitably with the band. I have learned a lot from our band about song writing and giving others space. I love hanging out with family, friends and the band going to rock concerts, festivals, house parties, rivers and lakes. My hobbies include music, photography, computer science, movies/video, swimming, and jet skiing. I love our cool band, Trench Rocks, and look forward to writing, recording and performing with them in the years to come.
TIM NEWELL – DRUMS
Music has been a part of my life from the very beginning. Due to my inability to sit still or figure out how to get all the notes off the page into the air, drums were a natural fit. Growing up I was in a number of bands, early influences were Keith Moon – WHO, Mitch Mitchel – Jimi Hendrix, John Bonham – Zeppelin, and the magical sound of Michael Shrieve and the accompanying percussionists of Santana. I just love the early WHO recordings where the band is bopping along and the drummer is just going nuts. And where all of Santana’s drummers are kicking it… thick rhythm! There are soooooo many good drummers out there today, Mike Portnoy – Dream Theater, Dave Lombardo – Slayer, and old timer Neil Peart – Rush. I have been playing a double bass kit most of my life, Natural Maple Ludwig’s, until switching out to Tama Star Classic Maple about 10 years ago, always Zildjian Cymbals. I have learned over the years to back off a little (ok just a little J) but still working on the dynamics thing and of course I like to have a lot of different things to hit… I have also picked up the congas, tabla, and guitar over the years…The latest event I have attended that is certain to change my life was a concert by musicians called “Play for Change” playingforchange.com check it out…. Connecting the world through music… I am now kicking it in Trench, come out and enjoy some hard hitting ROCK! Timsdrums.com
VACANT – BASS GUITAR
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