CITIES OF ORIGIN: Apple Valley and Orange County
KINDRED SPIRITS: “That’s a hard question because we pull from so many different styles but if we had to pick a few they would be Foo Fighters, AFI, Rise Against, Bullets and Octane.”
RECENT RELEASES: The Savior and The Saint . (2010), “Voiceless” (single, 2011) and And I Disappear E.P. (2013).
FREQUENTS: Characters (Pomona), Friar Tucks (Pomona) and Garage Inc. Pizza Company (San Bernardino).
Brought together by mutual friends, The Rare is part of a musical genre that can only be described as epic rock. While you can hear clear influences from famous bands Rise Against and AFI, these guys bring more than just music to the stage. They have a presence that is unique, unusual, uncommon . . . dare we say it—rare. By sharing personal video clips on their Facebook page, you gain insight to their ways of recording, intimate jam sessions and more. They also share exclusive music videos, including footage from their killer show at Citizens Business Bank Arena—all in all, this band makes you feel like you’re their new best friend and after hearing some of their tunes . . . that’s exactly what you’ll want to be.
How do you describe your music?
Nicho Searls: We have a mainstream hard rock sound with [an] energetic and melodic twist.
What is the story behind the name of your band?
Searls: I was traveling to a rehearsal one night and had my iPod hooked up. It was playing a cover that AFI did of The Cure’s song “Just Like Heaven.” Well that song was in an album labeled Rare. I remember thinking how a short and to the point band name would be pretty cool. So I saw “The” and “Rare” and just threw the two together.
Tell me about your song writing process.
Searls: Most songs start off with melodies or chord progressions. From there everything begins to build around it. But song structures and melodies are by far the most important to us.
Is there anything else you’d like us to know?
Searls: We believe in what we do and what we stand for. There is still a relevant place for rock music in the world and we’re on mission to prove it. We love what we do and we’re inspired by the risk takers and dreamers around us. ROCK NEVER DIES!