By: Alysha Hamel
Marymount Manhattan College is full of incredible talent. In addition to all of our thespians and dancers, we also have students that produce powerful music within their own bands.
30 Flights Up, founded by Jesse Futter and Lauren Avallone, and Wild International, founded by Ryan Camenzuli, Greg Coffey and Bryan Daly, are just two of the talented bands right here at MMC. They are all students who have bonded over music and a love for sharing their talent with the world.
30 Flights Up is a singer/songwriter band; Lauren Avallone sings and Jesse Futter plays guitar and also sings. They decided to create the band this past year upon meeting as freshmen at MMC.
“We met in my dorm room one day when she was hanging out with my roommates, and we realized we both love music and it grew from there,” said Futter.
30 Flights Up was created in October. For being a fairly new band, they have already recorded with Ace Enders, singer of The Early November. They have spent this school year focusing on and developing their music, but they also plan to perform at public venues in the future. Check out their music at www.myspace.com/30flightsup.
Ryan Camenzuli of Wild International said, “I would say that Wild International is definitely a very drum-oriented band. We’ve been put under the genre of afro-beat/experimental indie music, which I think is a fair assumption to what we sound like. Our major influences are bands like Akron/Family, Animal Collective, etc.”
Wild International is currently part of a new management company called Surprise Attack Management, whom they have been working with for the past few weeks. Their music can be purchased on iTunes and Amazon, or they can also be found on Youtube.
Camenzuli commented on their venue experiences saying, “Places we have performed include the 2010 Bamboozle Festival, the Gramercy Theatre, Knitting Factory, the Bell House, Pianos, and many others. Some of our favorite venues are smaller venues like Party Xpo and the Lit Lounge. We’re working on a new record so we only have one show lined up which is July 20th at the Gramercy Theatre. However, we are working on getting together for one more show before everyone goes home at the end of the semester.”
These bands are so talented and their music is inspiring. I have personally listened to both of them and they are outstanding. Each band’s sound is so unique, yet so equally powerful. 30 Flights Up is acoustic, so the lyrics and the emotions behind the songs can be heard loud and clear. Their music is full of soul and very relaxing.
Wild International is full of energy and life, the perfect soundtrack to any mood. Since it is a drum-oriented band, having the urge to get up and dance is not unusual when listening to these beats.
Everyone should take the time and listen to these bands, formed by our very own MMC students.