Originally in Issue #21
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Article by Adam Bernard
When Kelsey and the Choas formed back in May of 2008, they probably had no idea how important William Shatner would be to their career. Captain Kirk, however, has proven to be a valuable asset, to the group, as guitarist Tyler Lyons explained, “when we’re on a good tour, we can addord to get hotel rooms. We use Priceline.”
Hotels are a welcome oasis for the band when they’re on the road. Lyons pointed to two distinct advantages they provide: “We control how much we shower and we’re not moving while we sleep.”
One kind of movement Kelsey and the Chaos have been enjoying is the rapid ascent they’ve experienced in their careers. This year marked their third straight Warped Tour and lead singer Kelsey Merritt said “the band’s grown a lot in the last couple of years. We’re definitely doing a lot more press, we’re definitely seeing a lot more kids coming out, watching the band, and knowing the words to the songs.”
Kelsey and the Chaos formed at Berkeley College of Music in Boston when Merritt met drummer Nick Rotunno. Merritt remembered “we both went to school with the idea that we wanted to start a band. When we met we hit it off and started playing shows.” They played so many shows, in fact, that school took a temporary back seat to music. Merritt, however, was quick to point out, “we’re still students. We’re taking online classes, but right now I figure while we’re young enough to do the music thing we should give it our 100%.”
The one place the band, which also includes bassist Corey Devincenzo, finds some trouble is when they want to play their hometown of New York City. Merritt lamented the situation: “It’s mostly 21 and up and I think most of our fan base it under 21.”
While that may be true, the group feels that the of-age crowd could easily get into their music as well. “We can relate to everyday problems,” Lyons explained. “When we’re home and not touring, we work 40 hour weeks.” This is the fight a lot of modern artists face, and it’s why Lyons said “we’re giving our all to make this our full time job, but we can appreciate the dream.”
Who can’t relate to that?