Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

MEET THE BAND: Fly by Radio

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

MEET THE BAND: Fly by Radio

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This week, meet the members of Fly By Radio. The group's signature style of spandex and leather reflects its musical style: They're a "party band."

The lineup is: Erica Chambers, vocals; Jonn Kilgore, guitar; Wes Peters, vocals; Brent Shivers, drums; and Rigid Steele, bass. Peters communicated answers to us, with some answers by others in the group.

Q: How did Fly By Radio get together?

A: Fly By started off like so many other bands do. One person joins a group, they realize they really connect with another member in the band and they go off and start their own thing. This continued until what would probably be considered the "original" lineup was together: Pacey, Jack Ash, Brent Shivers and Dep (better known for his time in the Velcro Pygmies). Dep was only with Fly By for approximately a year before leaving to join the Pygs, and that is when Rigid Steele joined. Pacey and Jack (married in real life) eventually retired from the rock 'n' roll world to start a family.

Q: How long have you been playing?

A: Fly By Radio has been together for 10 years and we average 150 shows a year.

Chambers: I have been singing for as long as I can remember, way before my love for pleather.

Kilgore: I started playing at 16. My first paying gig was at 17.

Peters: I started playing at 14. My first paying gig was at 22.

Shivers: I started playing at 7. My first paying gig was at 18 with Boneyard at the Rockin' Horse.

Steele: I've been playing since I was 15. I played my first paying gig when I was 18.

Q: How was the name of the band chosen?

A: Sorry, but there is not an exciting story behind the name. The band was booked and had to come up with a name real quick.

Q: What's your favorite Tuscaloosa venue?

A: It would be impossible to pick a favorite. We've had so many great shows in Tuscaloosa over the years. Between fraternities, sororities and the bar scene, Tuscaloosa has been really great to us.

Q: What are your short- and long-term goals?

A: Our short-term goals are to have the best possible shows this week. …

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