House Blend | Episode 29b: Open the Coda
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Open the Coda is a rock band consisting of four teenagers in Southern California. Their style combines the widespread-appeal and timelessness of classic rock and a modern vibe inspired by some of the decades greatest bands. Collectively, their sound incorporates aspects of blues and soul music, funk rhythms, and the hard-hitting edge of rock. Open the Coda performs both cover songs as well as the…ir original music and have been performing as a group for merely a few months.
Open the Coda’s guitarist, Josh Larson (16 years old), is well-seasoned in performing, often appearing in his brothers’ band, Lockdown; musically, Josh is his younger brothers’ inspiration. Since beginning high school, he has discovered his addiction to the stage and has dedicated himself to intensive guitar lessons with Christy Calabro (the band’s coach and mentor). Josh intends on continuing his career in the music business and aspires to, one day, pass down the rich art form of music as an instructor.
The band’s bassist, Zach Relles (16 years old), has experience in playing with many musicians through Hubbadaddy’s Studios and Rock Nation; Zach has been mentored under the direction of Bjorn Englen from Sweden who has played for Soul Sign, Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force and Quit Riot to name a few. Zach is currently taking instrumental jazz classes at Santa Barbara City College under the direction of Dr. Wood.
The band’s drummer and youngest member, Trevor Thomas (14 years old), has been drumming since he was 8 years old and is inspired by Neil Peart and Travis Barker. Trevor plays Tama drums and Istanbul Cymbals; he is expanding his abilities every day by exploring styles of drumming other than rock. Aside from music and his love for drumming, Trevor’s spare time is spent playing football for Hart High School in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Open the Coda’s only female member, Melanie Parson (17 years old), is an aspiring singer/songwriter/actress and has been performing various styles of music internationally since she was 12 years old. Melanie has performed in esteemed venues worldwide including The Apollo Theater, Madison Square Garden, The Harajuku Crocodile in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, and many more. Her musical inspirations range from Aretha Franklin, Earth, Wind, and Fire, and Queen to No Doubt, Jessie J, and Alanis Morisette. Most importantly, however, her core intention is to change the world positively through her performances and the ideas she expresses.
Made up of a group of unique and different individuals, Open the Coda’s sound fuses their many influences which results in a blend of old and new. This group of talented and dedicated teenagers is always looking for new opportunities to perform, make music, and have an impact on modern-day society.
ABOUT THE HOST
“House Blend” host, writer and co-producer Stephen K. Peeples is a Grammy-nominated record producer (“Monterey International Pop Festival,” 1992), award-winning radio writer-producer (“The Lost Lennon Tapes,” 1988-1990) and veteran record company executive (Capitol, Elektra/Asylum, Rhino). A Canyon Country resident since early 1988, Peeples wrote about the SCV music scene for The Signal newspaper in 2004-2006 and was Managing Editor of the My Santa Clarita community website in 2006-2007. He was The Signal’s Online Editor and social media manager from October 2007 to May 2011. In 2009 he was honored when The-Signal.com was named “Best Website” by the California Newspaper Publishers Association. A jazz and rock drummer since he was 12, Peeples was a member of the underground West L.A. garage band Peaking Duck from 1977-2008. In 2010, he co-founded the SCV-based jazz quartet RainTree.