Teen rock band The Alive to perform at Shaky Knees
The precocious and talented Californian group The Alive takes over the international stages and the Shaky Knees Music Festival this weekend in Atlanta.
The Alive features Bastian Evans, 16, and brothers Kai and Manoa Neukermans, aged 17 and 13 respectively. They are all conscientious surfers, skateboarders and environmentalists – and their music shows it. The trio joined “City Lights” host Lois Reitzes via Zoom to talk about their incredible journey in music, starting when they were barely as big as the instruments they were playing.
Kai and Bastian were seven and eight when they played music together in Montecito, California.
“I was playing a really crappy electric guitar, but it was fun,” Bastian said, “and then Kai was playing a drums I bought for Christmas when I was five.”
Later, the band found their new bassist near their home, Kai’s younger brother, Manoa. Today, Kai is the band’s drummer, and Bastian sings and plays guitar.
“I think it was Bastian who invented ‘The Alive’ or one of Bastian’s parents,” Manoa said. Bastian confirmed: “After [our] the first group broke up, me and Kai just wanted to keep playing music, and we felt like… we wanted to stay “alive”, just keep playing music for the rest of our lives. “
The three are now playing on international stages, in front of giant crowds. They’ve performed at Lollapalooza Chile, Ohana Fest, and on tour for the Foo Fighters, among dozens of other gigs that most bands would envy.
The Alive’s influences include Queens of the Stone Age, Black Sabbath and Rush, and the band members all agree they owe their parents a lot for introducing them to the rock music they now love.
“We would grow up surfing and skating. In the car, our parents started playing music, ”Bastian recalls. “I didn’t pay attention for the first four or five years of my life – but after a while I started to really listen to what was playing and had a connection with some of the bands, especially… Queens of the Stone Age; my dad played it all the time in the morning, especially on the way to school.
Earlier this year, the group released a music video for their new song, “Mud,” which highlights the vulnerability of Earth’s oceans – a topic close to their hearts, as avid surfers.
“We need to get our things together before it’s too late,” Manoa said. “I want to live on a plastic-free planet. Bastian added, “Growing up so close to the beach… I’ve seen corroding rocks that have been there for hundreds of years, and plastic everywhere… It’s really damaging not only humans, but the whole world. ocean life. I love surfing, and it’s so sad having to make sure the water quality is good enough for surfing.
Fans can catch The Alive at the Shaky Knees in Atlanta this Saturday, October 23.