A local rock band made up of high school students just released an independent CD titled, “A World That Won’t Wait.”

The band is called The Frets and the Fretless, a trio consisting of two East Mountain High School seniors—RaeAnna VanDemark and Corey Dotson—and former EMHS student Sam Barrett.

VanDemark plays guitar and sings, Dotson plays drums and contributes an occasional guitar solo, and Barrett adds the “fretless” side of the equation with his cello.

The students were originally involved in the school’s recording arts program under the tutelage of music teacher Michael Wood. They formed the band about two years ago and started recording songs for the CD last November at Duke City Sound in Albuquerque.

art fretless album front“They told me about the project and I was nothing but encouraging,” Wood said. “These kids could graduate high school and each will have been part of five CDs, between what they’ve already done in the recording arts program and this project, that’s amazing.”

VanDemark credited Wood for helping the group learn how to write songs. “It really all started when we started taking classes with him,” she said.

VanDemark said the group’s music is “Kinda hard to describe but it’s very rock-rooted,” adding, “I would call it rock with a cello.”

Dotson described it as rock-melodic-punk, while Wood said the music is simply melodic rock.

“These are three exceptionally talented students,” Wood said. “What they do really well is, they have great melody and the cello adds a unique underlay.”

The trio held a CD release show last week at The Co-op in Albuquerque. VanDemark said the CD is available for sale on bandcamp.com, an online music-sharing site, and the band will also distribute it at their live shows.

More information on the band is available on facebook.com/thefretsandthefretless.

Leota Harriman
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