Even before the band named itself “Aperture” it’s three founding members, John Thevenot (bass), Jared Mears (guitar), and Justin Frary (drums) worked tirelessly in the practice room for over 2 years writing the musical framework of what would become one of Texas most interesting yet unclassifiable unsigned hard rock acts. For Aperture, perseverance is the key, and it has paid off. Late in 2010 they added friend and guitarist Michael Proctor to the group, and almost immediately after found their frontman in San Antonio native Nathan Alvarado, thanks to a late-night Craigslist posting.
Maybe it’s the fact that the band’s members live stretched out across 150 miles of central Texas that gives Aperture it’s motivation to make the most of every rehearsal, every performance, and every creative opportunity. With a sense of urgency this hard-hitting 5-piece landed in an Austin studio, and an Austin stage (Emo’s) in Feb. 2011, just a few months after their first full jam.
As Aperture’s debut EP “Now That You’re Awake” dropped in April 2011, they were already playing with big acts like Apocalyptica at the acclaimed White Rabbit in San Antonio, as well as earning radio play and press coverage in both of their hometowns...San Antonio and Austin.
What followed has been a summer of firsts for this part Grunge, part Prog, part Metal quintet which manages to win over listeners of any rock genre through dynamic and emotive live shows and their personable fan interactions. Aperture has enjoyed it’s first gigs in Houston, Tyler, and Dallas, and has earned #1 in Modern Rock on OurStage.com for the month of July. Add to that multiple features on rock blogs and internet radio, and it is easy to see that Aperture has hit the ground running on many fronts.