The early days:One day in the spring of 2010, Streets Ahead founding members Cara Bernard and Miranda Sealander went to band rehearsal and sat in the chairs reserved for trumpet greatness, pondering life, the thirteen bars of rest in the music before them, and the approximate cost of earplugs. The revelation came unbidden. Looking down the line of trumpet players seated between them, the girls realized the true worth of their talented section. Hey, that kid plays guitar, and that guy plays bass. They knew that they were meant to start a band, and that they did, a glorious, four piece rock group of exclusively trumpet players who all happened to be proficient with other instruments.
The months between the band’s inception and October of 2010 became a time of highs and lows. New guitarist Matt Cambria joined and wrote “Carousel”, the first original song that the band liked. They jammed for hours and played a few shows.But after their bassist and other guitarist departed, remaining members Cara, Miranda, and Matt (who does not, unfortunately, play trumpet), decided that it was time to revamp the band.
A new era: The current lineup solidified in the October of 2010 with the addition of bassist Jeff Dalrymple, and the band rebounded, taking on the mission of somehow combining the vastly different musical influences of each band member into some form of music. The steady, contoured basslines; the mood-influenced beats of a “beastly” female drummer, and the technically challenging guitar riffs and extended, jammed-out solos combined with Cara’s poetic, multi-layered lyrics to create the unique sound of Streets Ahead.
The band’s first EP, Open Doors On Sinking Ships, was recently completed and released on March 19, 2011. Since they realized that they did not have enough money in the band fund to actually buy CD cases, the band had to settle for plastic sleeves and is planning to possibly re-release the album at a later date with a couple of additional tracks.