If you see a man serenading people outside as you’re on your way to a Backdraft show, don’t be surprised; it’s happened before.
The five-man Scranton-based band is full of energy and such surprises during any set.
“A lot of times Joe will wander out into the crowd while he’s playing, just to keep people engaged,” Carlos Martinez, lead vocalist and the man responsible for the outside-venue song session, said. “We like to interact with the crowd as much as possible.”
In addition to Martinez, Backdraft is made up of Joe Krott, on guitars and backup vocals, Paul Traietta, on bass guitar and backup vocals, Karl Richards, on guitar and backup vocals, and drummer Paul Beavers.
The band began in 2010 by a group of men involved in fire service, which explains the name, and covers hits from the ’70s to present. The members’ cover a wide age range and that means each can pull inspiration from a different genre, heavy metal, funk and blues among them.
“We suggest things and pass them back and forth, which is why we can play such an eclectic set of music. We’re able to put new music in every couple weeks as well, so we’re always changing up what we can play,” Krott said. “We’ve also gotten to the point of being able to play shows that are just classic rock or just music you’ll hear on the radio today. We tailor it to our audience.”
Audience is a huge part of who Backdraft is!!