Early Morning rises

PLATTSBURGH - The words "early" and "morning" and the local music scene have never really meshed well. That is, until four guys came together to form a band in 2008.

The band Early Morning has been playing the local music scene for the past two years, with roots that are intertwined with a series of random events. When looking to form a band, bassist Josh Brown connected with drummer Brent Cross through MySpace. The two were then connected with rhythm guitarist and vocalist Brandon Frenyea through a random e-mail. When Brown dislocated his thumb on a camping trip, Tony Walker stepped in to fill the lead guitar slot.

When Brown returned, Early Morning was officially formed. Their sound is one Brown says he "can't describe," but is most closely labeled as rock.

"The range of bands we listen to are endless," said Brown. "Brandon goes from country all the way to metal, but his big influence is Brand New, Thrice and Thursday. Tony has the darker melodic side to him ranging from Deftones to Stone Temple Pilots. Brent is influenced by Receiving End of Sirens, Emmure, and Everytime I Die. [I'm] influenced by Blink 182, Four Year Strong and anything else that catches [my] ear."

Early Morning's first show was in Saranac Lake on Halloween 2008, with gigs in Albany and Potsdam to follow. It wasn't until December that year the band had its first show in their native Plattsburgh. Since then, the band has played multiple venues in New York and Vermont.

"Our goal is to get a larger fan base in the greater New England area before we hop in a van and start touring the east coast," said Brown. "You can book shows all over, but if you do not have a fan base it is hard to go anyplace."

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