By July 6, 2017

Upstarts Rock Rookies: The Dafneys & Breaklot

The Dafneys, from left: Luke (bass), Jaiden (drums) and Christopher McReynolds.

In&Out Staff Writers — Touring from Iowa to California, The Dafneys stop for one Arizona show. The Orange County rock band of three brothers is anchored by 19-year-old Christopher McReynolds’ deep, rich vocals, reminiscent of Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder.

The group performs covers and their own songs, drawing from “Facepaint,” a new album on Spotify and iTunes, with gritty ballads, funky, head-bobbers like “Catfish,” and the hard-edged yet poetic “Walk on By.”

Also on the bill: local band Breaklot. Fresh out of a NoPho recording studio, the teen trio debuts songs influenced by classic and modern rock with a hint of juke-joint blues. The moody, melodic “On the Shelf” will get Black Keys fans on their feet. Expect raucous riffs from 16-year-old lead guitarist Joe Barans.

Anthem solo guitarist Austin Dutcher, 19, opens the show with covers and originals.

8 p.m., Sunday, July 9
Rookies Neighborhood Sports Grill
3668 W. Anthem Way
No cover charge

Breaklot, from left: Joe Barans, Marius Britt (vocals, guitar) and Taylor Piatt (drums).

This article first published on North Phoenix News.

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