One band that definitely has jumped out at me while perusing the ROK 15 lineup is Aranda. Wow, what a fantastic voice and such stellar writing. Aranda is soon to release their third album, Not The Same, and the first single released from the album, “Don’t Wake Me,” is getting airtime around the country, which that could lead to a breakthrough for this band as the song is truly fantastic. They are classified as post grunge, and yes, I would put them in the Seether/Breaking Benjamin/10 Years genre, but with a healthy dose of funk and groove.
Aranda is very comfortable with ballads, such as “Another Day” and “Hey Sally” from their first two albums, but at the same time they are avid rockers and are not afraid to really crank it up.
Dan Adler was raised in Southern California to a mom and dad, one of whom appreciated Creedence and left wing anti-war politics. By the teenage years, Dan became obsessed with Black Sabbath, listening to the same seven albums repeatedly for 5 years. During this time, his favorite concert experience was seeing Metallica open for a bunch of bands that no longer exist and winning the 1st ever Santa Cruz Air Guitar contest. After several years in Africa listening and dancing to Chimurenga music, Dan returned to have the two best children in the world, one of whom spends a lot of time at concerts with him. What a lucky dad!