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Everything else was in place. Guitarist Kevin, bassist Dennis, and drummer Scott began composing 90s-inspired rock songs in Scott’s parents’ Broomall garage a year ago. They then held tryouts for a vocalist, but found it was mostly a waste of time. No one got them, and one of these tryouts actually ended with the rejected vocalist getting drunk and crying in the garage. They were ready to throw in the towel.

But Dennis had a musician friend named Carin. She was a music therapist, keyboardist and singer living in Fishtown. They weren’t necessarily looking for a female vocalist, but gave her an invite, anyway. She heard what they were about, the four jammed for a few hours, and a singer was found. This was in March 2009. The four practiced for three months, then began booking their own shows. They’ve now played at the Khyber, 941 Theater, and The Rusty Nail in Ardmore. They’re recording an LP at the end of the month.

In April, they made their first group outing as a band to a Dinosaur Jr. concert in Lancaster, PA to get a glimpse of the graying grandfather of grunge, J. Mascis, belt out some of his bluesy-post punk riffs. It was research, of sorts.

“We love that music,” Carin tells me over coffee in Fishtown. “When I write melodies, I would love to have the same voice as him – even though that would be a rip-off – but I think there’s something unique to the way he treats melodies. With Everyday Rockets, we want to do the same thing. Make the vocals part of everything, rather than have the vocals be on top of everything. We can only be as good as each other.”

The best compliment she’s ever received after getting off stage: “You’ve got a really good voice, but what was really cool was how it blended with the band.”

Their shows, thus far, have been alongside acts of varying genres, including a band (which will remain nameless), that, she says, “scared the bejesus out of me, man.” But, “I don’t think people want to come to a show to see three bands that sound exactly the same.”

Being the only female member of Everyday Rockets, Carin says she sometimes worries their success of scoring shows had something to do with just that. At least in the beginning. “That’s why when I perform – I’m dressing more like a girl now than when I perform,” she says, wearing a tanktop and jeans. “I won’t purposely try to look frumpy or anything, but I want us to be viewed as a band. It’s totally about the partnership. And that’s all I’m interested in right now. If I didn’t want that, I’d do my own solo stuff.”

But, she says, right now they’re more interested in laying down 90s grunge rock, reminiscent of Sleater-Kinney and the aforementioned Dinosaur Jr. And like both those bands Carin does her best to represent the subtle energy role as lead singer. She describes the stage as the place where she feels most in control.

“I definitely get in a zone on stage,” she says. “It’s pretty intense up there. I’m no G.G. Allin [the deceased punk singer known for “defecating and urinating onstage, rolling in feces and often consuming excrement, committing self-injury, performing naked, and committing violent actions toward the audience” (Wikipedia)], but I definitely get into it. I don’t try to downplay the stage presence aspect but I think feeling the music is more important than feeling that I can shake my ass or something like that. We definitely believe in our music and have great chemistry.”

The rock ‘n’ roll quintet have a date with producer Mike Bardzik (whose West Chester recording studio, Second Story Sound Studios, has produced cuts for Hoots and Hellmouth, The Boils and The Krays) during the last weekend in September. They hope to lay down ten tracks, which include both the songs originally written as instrumentals, and new collaborations. Carin and the guys will then be able to distribute the record themselves from their MySpace page.

“I’m not going to sit here and say I’m going to be a rock star and that’s the only way I’m going to enjoy this,” she says, “but I’m really excited. I’ve never professionally recorded anything for a personal band. It’s always been instrumentals and vocals for other bands…It’s going to be like Christmas.”

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