Almost Famous

By Seth Combs
Photo By Emmily Shaw

(Published in the October 2010 issue)


singer Austin Tirado, headlining a show at his favorite local rock club was all but a dream a few months ago. He and his North County buds in the band Lesands haven’t even been playing together for a year, but they just packed the house at The Casbah, and they’re already generating buzz nationally.

“It’s very encouraging,” says Tirado. “People are getting what we’re trying to do and dancing at our shows.”

Along with a lively stage show, Lesands play a spirited brand of electro-pop that has garnered comparisons to everyone from Duran Duran to The Killers. They were recently invited up to legendary L.A. club, The Troubadour, to play a music-label showcase, and this month they’ll be flying to New York to play the renowned CMJ Music Marathon, famous for being the event that broke big bands including The Strokes and The White Stripes.

“The LA shows have gone really well,” says Tirado. “The labels are definitely talking to us and they want to hear more songs. Maybe doing the New York shows will open the next door for us.”

While the band has recorded only a handful of songs, Tirado hopes they will have an album or an EP out by the end of the year.

“I’m not going to lie, we are very ambitious,” he says. “I just want to go for it.”