When I was 14 years old, I got together with a couple of friends from high school and we tried to start a band. Originally we tried to be a four piece, with myself on guitar and vocals, Dave on lead guitar, Kyle on bass and Ben on drums. We jammed a couple times together as final exams for the year were happening, and that summer did our best to get together somewhat regularly. Dave dropped out rather quickly – the impression I was given was that he was more interested in playing heavier music than the rest of us were. It also didn’t help that he had trouble making it out to practices – that can be tough when you’re too young to drive. Kyle, Ben and I soldiered on as a 3-piece for a while after that, playing a few small gigs around before going our separate ways.
I’ve since been in a few other bands in various capacities and played far more shows than I ever did with that group, but it sticks out in my memory as we were all still learning our instruments and how being in a band together works. We went from taking days to learn an instrumental cover of AC/DC’s Back in Black to sitting down and picking up a song over the course of an hour or two. We never really wrote any originals, but we were 15 year olds with rather basic knowledges of our instruments.
After seeing this group of kids do a spot-on cover of Pearl Jam‘s Even Flow, I was transported back to the days of my youth, jamming in my parents’ garage or basement… Except we were nowhere near as good as these kids are. Plus, that bassist looks to be like what, 10? Talented kids.
The band is called Mixed Up Everything, and they’re 4 brothers from Australia who seem to have bonded over a love of long hair and rock & roll. They also seem to be especially fond of grunge and metal from before they were born. It’s funny, we were covering Nirvana songs 10 years after grunge essentially died, and these kids are coming along another more than 10 years later and pulling it off. I guess grunge isn’t really dead?
Anyway, enough of my talking. Check out how good these kids are!
Pearl Jam – Even Flow
Here’s street busking cover of Metallica‘s Nothing Else Matters
Alice in Chains – Would?
What kind of grunge band would they be without a Nirvana cover? Here’s Come As You Are
This next one was actually a staple for the band I started with a couple friends later in high school than the one I mentioned above… In fact, if you know where to look, you can even find a video of us performing it at the Crestwood Talent Show online… Silverchair – Tomorrow
Lenny Kravitz – Are You Gonna Go My Way?
This is one we actually covered in my first band, although these kids do it far more justice than I think we did back in the day. Metallica – For Whom The Bell Tolls
Soundgarden – Spoonman
Pearl Jam – Alive
Here’s another acoustic busking cover, this one of another of my favourites: Stone Temple Pilots – Creep
Queens of the Stone Age – No One Knows
There’s a few of my favourites, but there’s plenty more where that came from. If you’d like to see more, simply check out their YouTube channel.
They say that the electric guitar is dying (or dead), but these kids give me hope that it will survive for a new generation of guitar heroes. I hope that’s not wishful thinking.