What strikes you immediately about the band Turquoise Boy is the atmosphere that surrounds them: they are friends.
Bands that have been together for years usually begin to jive this way.
Bands that are created by high school buddies out of they’re parents garage, usually have this atmosphere.
But an affluent band that was brought together through the usual auditioning process (a mere six months ago) generally doesn’t enjoy being together outside of shows.
TB, however, may prove to be the exception.
“For me it really is a matter of loving to play with these guys,” said bassist Marc Bourdon. “I don’t have to worry about them pulling their own weight, I really can’t say that of many other bands. This is the best performance band that I have been in.”
Turquoise Boy, a local Anchorage band, is the brainchild of lead guitarist and singer Derek Mangrobang.
Rounding out the quartet is bass by Marc Bourdon, drums by Kelsey McGee and on guitar and keyboards, Winston Montecillo, (along with regular appearances by fill-in drummer extraordinaire James Glaves).
None of these guy’s are rookies.
Montecillo has played piano intermittently for upwards of seventeen years
“Really, forced. My mom used to sit and watch me play for an hour a day.”
Michael Jackson classically inspired Mangrobang at a mere five years old.
Bourdon became inspired to pursue guitar while on exchange in Norway.
And McGee… “He is probably the most affluent drummer I have ever worked with, he is incredibly talented,” stated Mangrobang.
Considering their short career, TB has met with notable success. Their first show was opening for St. Vincent at the Wendy Williamson back in April, and they have no plan to slow down.
“We play pretty regularly and all of our shows have been for national act’s. If we got the chance to make it big, we would.
“We identify with Alaska so in that sense we love this for home base, but if we got the chance, we would go,” said Montecillo.
Influenced by such bands as The Rolling Stones, The Strokes and Bruce Springsteen, Turquoise Boy falls into the categories of indie pop/rock.
And while many bands in our generation shy away from the term “pop” as a reminisce of the boy-band nineties, TB embraces it with style.
“We don’t think of ‘pop’ as a bad word. We embrace happy and poppy sounds more than weird one’s. We are actually trying to be likeable,” stated Montecillo.
One of the surprising things about Turquoise is that each member is involved in more than one other musical venture and/or band.
In the beginning, TB wasn’t necessarily the main band for each member, but their love for playing, mixed with the group dynamic and growing performance schedules keeps pulling them together.
While Mangrobang is the main lyricist, they hinted that new music is definitely in the works, and that in the future all of them will be contributing to the content.
“We are starting to write a lot more, we are really excited,” said Mangrobang with a smile.
On campus, there seems to be a consensus that this is a band to watch, that they could make it big.
With their attractive music, talented members and over-all charm, Turquoise Boy seems in no danger of extinction.