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Interview:
The Upbeat: Dryvel
 

By GARY GRAFF
of the Oakland Press

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Formed: 2001 in Lake Orion

Sound: Heavy modern rock

Members: Robert Grupido, guitar and vocals; Nick Coccia, bass and vocals; Matt Marriott, drums (all from Lake Orion).

Influences: Rage Against the Machine, blink-182, My Chemical Romance, Bayside, Rise Against, Underoath

Day Jobs: Grupido is a carpenter for Modern Drywall in Lake Orion. Coccia is a math teacher in Lake Orion. Marriott is a mechanical/test engineer for MGA Research in Troy.

What’s In A Name? After forming at Lake Orion High School, the trio chose its name out of necessity, when it was accepted to play in a talent show. “We needed a quick name,” recalls Marriott, “so we looked in the dictionary and actually found drivel. Being young kids and thinking we were funny, we changed the i to a y. Friends and family said, ‘That’s a catchy name, you guys should keep it.’ So we did, and it’s stuck ever since.”

Go Green! All three members of Dryvel attended Michigan State University and kept the band together there, though Marriott says there was a “love-hate relationship” with the neighbors. “It was probably kind of annoying,” he says, “but for tailgates, when we’d play, they’d come over and we’d be the musical entertainment in the background while they were playing beer pong or something.”

Thinking Big: Dryvel’s new album, “He Walks Alone,” is a conceptual work that Marriott says came about by accident. “We started to write songs and noticed they all kind of fit together,” he explains. “So we said, ‘Let’s turn this into a story’ and wrote the rest of the songs to tie in with what we had and it all fell into place. It’s about an individual going through trials and tribulations and hitting rock bottom. But he can entertain anybody with his ability to play the guitar, and at the end he realizes it’s in his hands to do the best with what he has. We’re really proud of it; it’s like, ‘Did we really do this, just like that?’ ”

Hear ’em: Dryvel is selling “He Walks Alone” at its shows and is working on further distribution for the disc.

See ’em: Dryvel is slated to perform Friday, June 18, at the Belmont, 10215 Jos Campau, Hamtramck. Call 313-871-1966 or visit www.thebelmontbar.com.

Surf ’em: www.myspace.com/dryvel

Web Site: www.myspace.com/dryvel

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