Like many bands in recent years, Etketera was founded through a musician search ad via Craigslist. As fate would have it, drummer Joshua Hayes and guitarist Max Amsden path’s entwined. Overcoming obvious obstacles being strangers, there was a musical connection. Similar interests in bands lead to a spark for the two to engage in the process of forming a band. Being from Memphis, TN(birthplace of Rock N Roll) it was only natural to become a rock band. Once music was developed the duo set out to fill in the rest of the band. After a few disappointments, they needed to look no further than right in front of them to bring in a vocalist. Enter aspiring frontman Ben Griffith, cousin to guitarist Max. A short time later through a mutual friend the group meet bassist Curtis Bowers The outfit then began refining their “sound”. Inspired by a quote from Maynard James Keenan of the band TOOL, stating “I believe music is a force in itself. It is there and it needs an outlet, a medium. In a way we are just the medium”. Along with backgrounds in heavy music and a desire to be accessible to a large audience, the groups heavy yet melodic sound was forged. Lyrically everything is revolved around the human experience and emotions. Leading to the mission statement, “We desire to take the listener on a journey through static and vibrations. To allow the partaker to escape in their own projections of thoughts and emotions. We just want to be the medium to nudge you in the direction in which the experience may take you.
All of this lead to the naming of the band, Etketera (Eh Keh Tera). The Latin pronunciation and spelling of the commonly used phrase word etcetera. Given the meaning the band has many influences and in turn desire to be influential. So what are your favorite bands? Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, etc. (Etketera). Everything thus far for the band has been a DIY approach. From recording, booking shows, to designing merch. Just like the Grit and Grind attitude of the city in which they thrive, Etketera carries the same desire, passion, and work ethic. The band’s goal is to reach as many people as possible and help release their emotions and rid themselves of life’s obstacles. If only for a short while. In the end it’s all about escaping.