Bad Seed Rising blooms early

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Laura Angle, Staff Writer

Like any other teenagers, the four best friends Mason Gainer, 13, Aiden Marceron, 12, Louey Peraza, 15, and Francheska Pastor, 16, all spend time on social media and worry about upcoming exams. What makes them stick out from the crowd, however, is that these teens are celebrating the release of their second EP (extended play) “Charm City” with a concert at Baltimore Soundstage.

These kids are homeschooled to keep up with their music career with Roadrunner Records—the very record company that signed Slipknot, The Devil Wears Prada and more.

Though they are young, Bad Seed Rising has been working on their dream for some time. Marceron, the drummer, and Peraza, the bassist, have been lifelong friends, and so have their fathers, who played together in the Baltimore post-hardcore band Shaft during the 1990s.

Their age also raises some talk among other, older musicians.

“At first they think, ‘Oh this is just a kid band. They’re going to be whatever,” Peraza said in the band’s promotional flyer. “Then they actually hear us, and it’s. . . like, ‘Whoa, this is real. It’s not some One Direction fake [thing].’”

One of their songs “Hey Kid,” released on April 15, along with four other tracks on “Charm City,” captures Pastor’s in-your-face attitude with the garage band sound and rebellious lyrics. Pastor opens the song with “I meant to piss you off/it’s such a big deal/we’re just nowhere kids/in demand with mass appeal.”

In combination with her lyrics and voice, Pastor’s ’90s rhythms and riffs on lead guitar and Marceron’s abrasive drumming give the band an edgy feel. The song’s catchy chorus dredges up nostalgia among the older teens, when they too “forgot to call while breaking city curfew” and when they were “making eyes with who I’m not supposed to.”

Despite the rebellious tone to the band’s music, the quartet stays on a good path by following the advice of the bands they toured with—Daughtry, 3 Doors Down, and Halestorm. “[They say] ‘Don’t do drugs!’” Marceron said in the band’s flyer. “Then they say, ‘Keep playing. Don’t give up.’”

Bad Seed Rising listened to other bands’ advice and played numerous concerts at high schools along the East Coast last May and will be playing at the Shindig Festival in September, accompanied by Jane’s Addiction, Rise Against, and many more at Carroll Park.

Although the band has enough material for a full album, their main goal is to “get them out there in front of as many people as we can,” Roadrunner’s David Rath said in the band’s flyer. “The best thing to do at this point is. . . just get them out there.”

“I just want this to become so big that I don’t have to do anything else in my life,” Pastor said in the band’s promotional material. “Just play music, and that’s it.”

Bad Seed Rising knows that there are certain aspects in the music industry that they will not be able to control, like bad responses and hate directed at the members themselves and their music. The band, regardless of the responses, is most concerned with playing the loud rock music they love so much.

The enthusiastic Pastor took notice of the other bands’ attitude and professionalism. “It doesn’t matter who’s looking,” Pastor said in the band’s flyer. “You’re having fun [and] just make the most of everything.”