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Benishek Inching

Regarding “Benishek No Environmentalist” I agree with Mr. Powell’s letter to the editor/ opinion of Congressman Dan Benishek’s poor environmental record and his penchant for putting corporate interests ahead of his constituents’...

Climate Change Warning

Currently there are three assaults on climate change. The first is on the integrity of the scientists who support human activity in climate change. Second is that humans are not capable of affecting the climate...

Fed Up About Roads

It has gotten to the point where I cringe when I have to drive around this area. There are areas in Traverse City that look like a war zone. When you have to spend more time viewing potholes instead on concentrating on the road, accidents are bound to happen...

Don’t Blame the IRS

I have not heard much about the reason for the IRS getting itself entangled with the scrutiny of certain conservative 501(c) groups (not for profit) seeking tax exemption. Groups seeking tax relief must be organizations that are operated “primarily for the purpose of bringing about civic betterment and social improvements.”


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SMYT

Eric Pokoyway - September 28th, 2006
In a half finished basement a few miles southeast of the Interlochen Center for the Arts, a persistent metal band searches for the correct recipe for success.
So Many Years Trying, better known as SMYT, has been together for six years, releasing two albums with a three-song demo in the works. In that time, they’ve played everywhere in Traverse City from the Loading Dock to Streeters, attracting a strong local following.
“We just like to push ourselves musically; whether the music is heavy or light we like to mix it up and not get stuck with the same old riffs that have been done before,” says guitarist Larry Abeyta.
In Abeyta’s semi-dark basement SMYT tries to add a new dimension to metal. They practice in a cramped little room that includes a water heater and furnace.
“There’s no limitations for us. We try anything just to say we’ve tried,” lead singer Dane Deroisha said.

ROOTS
Drummer Gabe Sharry and Abeyta met six years ago when they were experimenting with some jam bands and wanted to try something heavier. They added Deroshia after he answered a flyer on a wall at Northwestern Michigan College. Traverse City bass player Dan Root quickly followed.
“We never expected to be anything. We never thought we would be playing shows; we were just playing for fun,” Abeyta said.
With the exception of SMYT’s newest member, guitarist Curt Broxvoort of Grand Rapids, the rest of the band lives and works in the Grand Traverse Area. Abeyta is a licensed heating and cooling contractor. Root restores damaged homes, Deroisha is a sound-tech for the Leelanau Sands Casino and Sharry is a cook at a local restaurant.
Heavy guitar chords, thick bass lines, and deafening drums overwhelm a lot of the music that metal produces. SMYT moves in another direction by pulling in different genres like jazz and early-’70s rock to create something different.

NEW DIRECTION
“Sinister’s Second-Side” will be the band’s third album, featuring Deroshia on the flute and keyboard.
“We really are starting a new genre of music,” Root said. “I think we show some diversity. With the flute,and violin we don’t sound like a lot of your conventional metal bands.”
“That’s something my mom made me do,” Deroshia said of playing the flute. “She wanted me to be the next James Galway. I just thought it would be cool because you don’t see that many metal acts with the flute. On this album we are going to put as much heart and soul as we can into it.”
They will also add a few violin parts to their new album, featuring Empire violinist Danielle Webb. Webb has a classical background and spent a year in Western Michigan University’s concert band.
SMYT also draws from influences such as Led Zepplin, Jethro Tull, Blue Oyster Cult, Tool, and Pantera. “You can only yell so much,” Webb noted.

THE FANS
Tammy Bromme has been a SMYT fan for a year and a half. She met the guys at a Northwest Michigan Rocks concert.
“I can only describe them as phenomenal,” Bromme said. “If people would take the time and really listen to the words in their songs, they would see that there is a real message behind their music.”
Bromme is a sound-tech and stagehand at the Leelanu Sands Casino Showroom, and rarely misses a SMYT show.
“We were instant friends from day-one they are like my family,” she said. “I have a lot of respect for how much they love their music, and how dedicated they are to what they do. My only hope for them is that someone signs them, because they could go far in the businees.”
Whatever happens, the members of SMYT are enjoying themselves.
“Everything that goes on during the day -- all the stress -- you are able to let it out in one single moment,” Deroshia said. “Metal is one of the most powerful ways of releaving stress; they should make it actual therapy.
“It’s just fun hanging with these guys, if you don’t have a good vibe with the guys you work with, it’s just not going on.”


Five bands shake it up at Rock Fest 2006
Check out SMYT and The Conspiracy headlining Rock Fest 2006 this Saturday, Sept. 30 at the Fireplace Inn just south of Interlochen.
The Fireplace Inn has been drawing an under-21 crowd of college and Interlochen students in recent weeks with its open mic events on Fridays and Saturdays.
“It’s a great showcase for local bands and a good hangout for an all-ages show,” says Jim Steele, singer for The Conspiracy.
“It’s a great opportunity because younger listeners have heard of these bands and know of us, but can’t see the shows because they’re not old enough to get in the bars,” Steele adds. “Rock Fest 2006 will be an all-ages show with all welcome.
Also performing will be alt-metal band Never Fed along with FTR (Farther Than Rockets) playing all-original rock, and Strik-9, a local cover band. Tickets are $8 at the door with the action starting at 3:30 p.m.

 
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