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If you’re looking for that guitar-filled, classic-rock sound, this might be your band. Self-described as a “a late 60’s power trio sound with aggressive, expressive, and inventive playing on behalf of each and every member,” The Deals draw influence from some of the biggest names in rock ‘n roll.
Friends and Oxford, Mich. natives Christian Brendel (bassist and vocalist), John Bivens (percussionist and vocalist) and Kyle Marker (guitarist) made their debut at “Oxfordstock,” their high school’s answer to battle of the bands.
From there, The Deals have gone on to play gigs in Romeo, Chesterfield Township, Mt. Clemens, Oxford, Lake Orion, Lapeer, Pontiac, Ortonville and Detroit, in addition to winning an all expenses paid trip to Memphis, Tennessee where they competed at the 2013 International Blues Festival.
“Music is important to us because we can’t see ourselves doing anything else with our lives,” Marker said. “For us it’s more than a hobby, more than just a living, it’s a passion.”
While they do a lot of covers, when The Deals write their own songs, it usually starts with one member bringing the core of the music and the band working together to explore and expand upon the idea.
The group draws inspiration from early blues artists and classic rock artists, including Black Sabbath, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Billy Idol and The Kinks, to name a few.
With The Deals finishing up college soon, fans can watch for their first EP this summer, as well as an increase in shows around Michigan and a possible performance in Chicago.
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