As parents say, “You’ll never see them again after high school, anyway.”
Audiostrobelight might beg to differ.
The Virginia Beach pop and punk-rock quintet will step foot on the NorVa’s stage Saturday, September 19 to celebrate quite the occasion — the 10-year anniversary of the band’s formation. Only this time, the audience is in for a much bigger treat than they were for their first show.
“The biggest difference between then and now is the level of preparation,” said Kris Lynch, the band’s vocalist and bass player. “In 2005, Audiostrobelight was a very scared band walking out onto that NorVa stage. Not to say that we don’t have nerves, but the level of preparation that has gone into this show is unreal. We’re really excited as opposed to only being nervous.”
Ten years ago was a much different time for this power group.
They were teenagers – high school students, rather – working for the same local promotion company as one another. Each of them had their own vital part in putting together shows where they booked their favorite local bands to open. On top of that, they would promote the events themselves, network the bands with the venues for future occurrences, and bring it all together for a great experience for everyone.
High school came to an unfortunate end for these five. A handful of the group were going off to different colleges and they would inevitably be disbanded until further notice. They had one final agreement before they went their separate ways, though. It was simple. They had to start a band, write some songs, and perform at the last show that they booked before they went away.
“We had never played together formally,” Lynch said. “We’d only been working together for those years in school. The first Audiostrobelight show was actually supposed to be our ‘goodbye.’ It’s funny how that turned out.”
It was everything except a goodbye.
Since that monumental 2005 happening, Audiostrobelight has released a handful of records, has toured extensively in support of them, and have opened and supported a heavy list of both regional and nationally-acclaimed acts. They started from scratch and with the help of many, have truly made the band their very own creation.
“It’s been interesting starting right out of high school because I didn’t know who I was back then,” said Adam Cohen, the band’s electric violinist and electric mandolin player. “Having to create a persona for who I wanted to be in this band has been really something because I’ve basically grown into this person that I made up 10 years ago – on and off the stage – which isn’t something you get to do everyday unless you’re a performer.”
The 2005 Audiostrobelight probably wouldn’t believe what’s going to happen at their anniversary show, either. The band will be partnering up with 96x, Electroganic, and Young Veterans Brewing Company to bring about the biggest show that the band and its fans have ever been able to share with one another.
And to make things a little more fun: Young Veteran’s Brewing Company is even brewing “Anchors Aweigh StrobeAle,” a one-of-a-kind beer made just for the band to be debuted and distributed at the show for anyone (of age) to enjoy.
The band has learned so much from their experiences – their songwriting, their touring, and from the people they’ve met – and they’re ready to show their growth and share these experiences back with the audience that helped them to this point.
“There are so many bands out there,” Cohen said. “It really makes you feel unimportant and small. You don’t deserve anything just by being a band. You have to work for it. You don’t just become a band and earn all of this attention. By touring, you learn to treat everyone with respect and know that you have to give them a show that they aren’t going to forget. You have to give them a reason to care about you beyond just the fact that you can hold a guitar and play notes.”
Opening the show will be Such Great Heights, Distress Call, Dyska, the Laureate, and Drop the Girl. Doors: 5:30 PM / Show: 6 PM. Price: $10 ADV / $12 DOS / $25 VIP. For information and tickets, click here.