August Burns Red started out as a hard-core outfit but has since turned into "technical metal," guitarist JB Brubaker says.
"We have evolved," Brubaker said during a phone call from Atlanta. "But it was punk that got me into the guitar."
Brubaker said he didn't get a guitar until he was out of high school, which, in some cases, is late for a musician.
"I was like, 'Heck, I might as well get one and see what I can do,"' Brubaker said. "And that way I can see what it's like to be on the stage instead of in the audience."
Today, August Burns Red Brubaker, vocalist Jake Luhrs, guitarist Brent Rambler, bassist/vocalist Dustin Davidson and drummer Matt Greiner are thankful for MP3s and digital downloads.
"Those helped us with the challenge of getting our music out to people who want to hear us," Brubaker said. "While some bands don't like that, it gives us exposure. We were happy that we emerged at the same time MP3s were gaining momentum. They have helped us very well."
One of the results of reaching people is the positive feedback the band, which is considered a Christian metalcore band, has received from the fans.
"When kids come up and tell us that we are their favorite band, it takes us by surprise," Brubaker said. "At first it sounds funny to us, but then it dawns on us that these kids are serious."
Consequently, the band members, after hearing those types of accolades, find themselves wanting to improve their playing and songwriting.
"We don't want to shortchange the fans," he said. "We want to give them the best stuff we can. In doing so, we also want to have longevity."That's something that is also a challenge for bands is to keep going," Brubaker said. "There are so many bands that have a few months of fame and then are tossed aside. We don't want to be like that. So our goal is to keep going strong, no matter what happens."
If you go
What: August Burns Red, Greely Estates, Sky Eats Airplane, This or the Apocalypse
Where: Studio 600, 26 E. 600 South
When: Saturday, 6 p.m.
How much: $13
Phone: 467-8499, 800-888-8499Web: www.smithstix.com