The Councilmen are Keaton York, 25 (guitar/lead vox), Julian Sanchez, 22 (bass/vox), Taylor Haley, 22 (drums). The band formed the summer of 2007, having grown up together in Bakersfield as friends and fellow musicians. The Councilmen being their second collaboration, their first attempt happened during high school.
The band influences range from their personal tastes to an amalgamation of local country roots and universal industry greats such as the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Crosby Stills and Nash, etc…
In a short amount of time The Councilmen have gained the respect of many in the entrainment business. Winning an opportunity to compete in the CBS Early Show Battle of the Bands in the summer of 2007, then in July of 2008 GAC featured The Councilmen on their show “The Next GAC Star” by playing part of their homemade video “Boxcar Sermon”. They didn’t make the finals but they did gain the attention of Rodney Powell. “The Councilmen, remember this name! These guys are gonna be big in the music industry. Keaton York is one of the best writers I've seen in a long time! I'm blown away at the dedication and music ability these guys have!” Rodney Powell Drummer - (The Tennessee Three, Randy Travis, Donna Summer)
The Councilmen are also featured artists for a new internet music startup LP33, conceived by Andrew Bentley British media entrepreneur and former label executive. Catalina Guirado-Cheadle, Director/SVP Artist Liaison & Development for LP33 would seem to agree, saying the band is getting an “extra push,” because of what she describes as "very strong songwriting, great vocals, and the X-factor. It’s that extra quality that some people have and some people don’t, we just think they’re really different, really special. They have a nonchalant vibe about them.” The site launched in October of 2008.
Locally The Councilmen have established themselves as a priority act, drawing regular crowds that put pubs at maximum capacity. The bands focus was to take the energy of progressive rock and power bands and meld it with the attitude of early 60’s 70’s rock. The largest part of the band is their live shows. Their sound is best described by the people who come to their shows and share the stage with them.
“I can't help but hear some nirvana influence in some songs, Americana/bluesy material is really great, vocals are profesh and have their own sound, swagger, and a heartfelt quality." Brian Sadler-Last American Buffalo
“I like a band that doesn’t feel the need to adhere to the confines of a certain genre. The original songs are impressive, penned by York the pounding, sexy build-up of “Cadillac Girl” sends admirers into a frenzy.” The Californian
The Councilmen's self titled CD is avaliable at www.thecouncilmenband.com
November 12th, 2009!