Five months of practice and two performances was all it took for Recurring Dream to earn a second place recognition.
The five-member Baldwinsville band entered the seventh annual Battle of the Bands Jan. 17 held at the Jewish Community Center in DeWitt where they competed against nine other bands. Roughly 400 people attended the performance in which Recurring Dream performed original music and cover songs and exuded an abundance of energy.
Band members, who attend Baker High School, include 11th graders Justin Mulvaney (drums), Greg Johnson (guitar), Dave Khars (lead singer), Neil Kasson (guitar) and 12th grader Alex Fedrizzi. While Mulvaney and Johnson began playing together in seventh grade, it wasn't until last August that Recurring Dream formed. Kasson was the first to join the duo, then Fedrizzi. The group was lacking a vocalist and decided to search for one through their My Space page (myspace.com/recurringdreamband). That's when they heard from lead singer Khars. They knew immediately he was their front man.
"He's more of a performer that can sing," Fedrizzi said.
"He's gone to depths none of us really expected," Mulvaney added.
Khars was the only member of the band not present for the interview because he was rehearsing for the upcoming Baker High production of "Beauty and the Beast," in which he plays Maurice.
With a rock sound, Recurring Dream not only performs covers such as "Tribute" by Tenacious D, "Dreaming of You" by The Coral and "Trains" by Porcupine Tree, but they also write their own music. Usually Johnson will write the first guitar piece, then other band members contribute to the musical sound and they all work together to form the lyrics.
"We monkey around with [the lyrics] until we get what we want. It evolves," Mulvaney said. "We're starting to write more progressive stuff."