If Alice Cooper, Kiss, Iron Maiden and Slipknot are your speed musically, you’ll love Re-Birth, a rock/metal band that is taking Southwest Florida by storm these days, according to bass player and vocalist Dan Bucci.
“You could call us a groove metal band,” Bucci said. “Our music is catchier than heavy metal, which can be all over the place. We also incorporate an element of horror-rock in the way we dress.”
Bucci is from Brooklyn, New York, originally, and has called Port Charlotte home since 1995. He’s been a musician since he was a kid. Re-Birth has been together since 2006 and also features Paul Keith on vocals, Ernesto Guerra on drums and Bucci’s son Max on guitar.
“Max is 17 and when he was 13 he played on the Kiss cruise in the kids band in front of 3,000 people,” Bucci said. “He has been performing with us since he was 10 years old and became our full-time guitarist at age 15. He is a shredder.”
Bucci added the band was originally called “After-Birth,” but that name didn’t go over well with the public.
“Around that time there were some member changes in the band and because of that we came out with an album called ‘Re-Birth,’” he said. “Everybody felt that was a better name for the band, so we went with that.”
The band plays mostly original songs, with covers thrown in.
“It really depends on whether we’re playing locally or not,” Bucci said. “Sometimes we’ll go out for a whole night and play all original songs. We’re really more of a band that plays original stuff. And we’ve opened for a lot of larger bands throughout the state of Florida.”
He added the band just came out with a new CD called “Revelations” and they’ve “got enough songs left over for another two albums,” he said.
“The best way to describe us is Kiss meets Alice Cooper,” Bucci said. “The music is just a little heavier. And we do theatrics as well. Sometimes the singer will start the show off in smoke and creepy lights or will pop out of a jack-in-the-box. Maybe he’ll come out in stilts. We also have other people who dress up and come out and play with us. We have a boogeyman song where the Boogeyman comes out, sort of like Eddie in Iron Maiden.”
They have another theme, he added, where the singer wears a strait jacket for a song called “Going Insane.”
“Our next big show is at the Brass Mug in Tampa on Dec. 8,” Bucci said. “We’re opening up for Dave Ellefson from Megadeth. That show starts at 6 p.m. and we hope to see a lot of our fans there.”
Another show, on Dec. 22, will take place at Rack ‘em Billiards in Cape Coral. That show gets underway at 9 p.m.
“We normally play a lot of local gigs at places like the Sky Bar or Five O’Clock Club in Sarasota,” Bucci said. “But we’ve got a new drummer and we’ve been working him in on our new songs. We’ll be doing a lot more local gigs after the new year.”
For more information on Re-Birth and their schedule, check out the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/flrebirth.