Search
Username
Pin It
Favorite

The Last Rockers: The Commercial Underground is about as much of a rock band as you'll find 

The Commercial Underground: Real rockers.The Commercial Underground is about as much of a rock band as you're likely to find in these parts. They look

click to enlarge The Commercial Underground: Real rockers.
  • The Commercial Underground: Real rockers.
The Commercial Underground: Real rockers.The Commercial Underground is about as much of a rock band as you're likely to find in these parts. They look like rockers, they sound like rockers and they listen religiously to some of the most famous rock and roll icons of all time.

But the less-than-a-year-old band also contradicts the rock stereotype. Two of their members, brothers Andrew (guitar) and Matthew (drums) Cooper, are classically trained musicians - and that's not common in true blue rock and roll-and the band's name sounds more like a 1980s sneaker brand than a hard rocking outfit. To make no mistake about it, the Commercial Underground are here to rock and they're doing it without fitting into any of the niche rock genres (metal, hardcore, indie) that Bend bands often find themselves tucked into.

"We don't want to be lumped into that metal thing, or any other thing. We like it heavy but we want to be eclectic," says Andrew of the band's range of rock.

On stage, the Commercial Underground does often shift styles, not afraid to stroll into a James Brown cover or another funky tune when the spirit strikes them - which is why the band has become a bar favorite around town. "We like to say that we're heavy rock and roll that you can dance to," Matthew Cooper says.

The Commercial Underground's sound is a bit more grounded on the EP they released earlier this year - it's gritty, yet for the most part melodic rock that relies on the vocals of Matt Emery for classic Bon Scott-style lyrics and the Cooper brothers for a solid base. Some of it is on the simple side, but "Maiden Voyage" shows some promise of a band that could elevate to this fledgling band (they're nearing their one-year anniversary) to a much larger and complex sound. - Mike Bookey


Pin It
Favorite

Speaking of On Stage

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Join Our Newsletter

Latest in Sound Stories & Interviews

  • Old School Spin

    • Apr 18, 2018
    Celebrate Record Store Day in Bend at Ranch Records and Recycle Music More »
  • A Live Experience

    • Apr 18, 2018
    World's Finest recreates a live performance on the new album, "Chromatophores" More »
  • New Depth

    • Apr 11, 2018
    Hillstomp writes their most personal album yet, while still letting you rock the eff out More »
  • More »

More by The Source Staff

  • Restaurant Guide 2018

    Restaurant Guide 2018

    • Apr 13, 2018
  • Sidewalk Talk

    Sidewalk Talk

    In honor of the transportation issue, Source staffers muse on walking on sidewalks—or the lack thereof—#inBend
    • Jan 24, 2018
  • Stuff We Learned From Jim in 2017

    Stuff We Learned From Jim in 2017

    The Source staff takes over the column to reflect on Jim's nuggets of wisdom. Thanks, Jim!
    • Dec 27, 2017
  • More »

© 2018 LAY IT OUT INC | 704 NW GEORGIA, BEND, OREGON 97703  |   Privacy Policy

Website powered by Foundation