Juliana Theory lets 'Love' shine in

25 September 2003

Date: September 25, 2003 Publication: University Wire Author: Chris Steffen

A year of touring to support a record might be enough for some bands, but not the Juliana Theory. Touring on the band's major-label debut, "Love," the band is returning to Oklahoma City for the second time in a year.

Described by some as a cross between Iron Maiden, U2, and Sunny Day Real Estate, or simply "emo" (a tag the band resents), the band's sound can best be defined as a straightforward rock sound that changes slightly from album to album. Frontman and founding member Brett Detar says he think that this keeps the band fresh and original.

"Nothing we ever write sounds like the record before it. That's just always how it happens," Detar said in a phone interview. "We don't set out to do that really, it just happens by itself and naturally comes out."

Detar has plenty of credibility in the rock scene, having performed with Christian metalcore band Zao at the same time as the genesis of the Juliana Theory. Despite the drastically different sounds between the two bands, Detar says it all came naturally.

"It wasn't a matter of transition as much as different styles of music that I was into or liked at the time and wanted to play," Detar said. "We used to play a lot of shows together, and I'd do double duty. I think we just gradually got some of our fans that way."

The Juliana Theory is joined on tour by Celebrity, a relaxed rock band with strong leanings toward the melodic; Hopesfall, a far more metal-oriented band, and ambient rock outfit Copeland.

Detar said he believes that the diversity of the bill is a clear benefit for the audience.

"It brings out a slightly more diverse crowd," he said. "It's not as boring for fans to have to sit through three or four bands that all sound very similar; it gives variety. All four bands sound very different. It provides a nice contrast between everything."

However, Detar says the broad range of acts still plays to much of the same audience.

"There's a lot of crossover," he said. "Usually there's a bigger mosh pit going on for Hopesfall than anyone else, but I think the whole bill shares a lot of the same crowd."

The tour originally featured Albany-based Count the Stars, but the band suffered a serious bus accident that left vocalist Chris Kasarjian with a punctured lung. Copeland took Count the Stars' spot.

The Juliana Theory has been debuting a handful of new songs on the tour, which Deter calls the band's fastest and rawest material to date. The band plans to hit the studio to record the follow-up to "Love" sometime late this year or early 2004.

Detar's previous memories of Oklahoma City are fond ones. He says he was very impressed with the fan support of the band's most recent Oklahoma City show this past January.

"I don't think we'd played there that often, so we didn't really know what to expect," he said. "It was actually a really fun show, the kids were awesome, and we had a really good time."

 

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