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Think the disowned love-child of Alice Cooper and Queen and you’re at least halfway there. We are Chasca. We are the ones your parents warned you about. Someone stole the sexy from rock – we found it, and shyly present it to you…in this boot. Drink, my sweet, and just let it all go. There. That’s better, isn’t it?
Frightened? Don’t be. You’re perfectly safe. We are Chasca. We don’t bite – unless you ask very, very nicely.
Chasca is a four-piece glam rock band based in San Marcos, Texas, who have just emerged from the laboratory, where they have been hard at work on the beast known as Chasca. Their emergence back onto the music scene was heralded by nearly 400 people at Weirdfest, a KTSW-sponsored Halloween show at the Texas Music Theater on October 29, 2011.A fine homecoming indeed!
Chasca has been playing around Texas for a couple of years, steadily building a fanbase for their unique brand of cabaret-glam rock and roll.
Chasca is a musical and visual experience that arouses the ear, tickles the eye, inflames the soul, and noodles the nether regions. The sound of the band mixes a wit and whimsy a’la Oscar Wilde and unbridled rock-n-roll intensity that forces even the most hard-up hipster to crack a smile.
When the band plays live there is a madness coated with a divine patina that recalls the words of Jack Kerouac as the band and audience become, “the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes ‘Awww!’”.
Sparks fly, devils grin, babies coo, dogs howl. This is Chasca: JT Martin (lead vocals, flute), Sean Hannon (guitars), Junior Scott (bass, vocals), Brittany Paris (keyboards and percussion) and Ian Brooks (drums).
About The Members of the Band
J.T. Martin has been playing shows since his early teens; he was too young to drive to his first shows. JT sang and often played drums in these early years. He recorded an album with Sweet Sorrow, and played venues such as Devereaux’s, Cafe on the Square, and The Downtowner in San Marcos with Sweet Sorrow, Dragonfly, and other variations on this lineup. JT sang for Tryptic from 1997 through 2001, recording the album “Rabble Gadgets Divine” in 1999, playing in the U.S. and Italy. Tryptic appeared on Italian television on four occasions, with roughly 7 million viewers each time. JT sang on the album “Beyond the Stars” with Italian Metal/Prog band Blind Mirror, and has done several guest vocal and flute performances for Mellow Records recording artist, Cristiano Roversi.
Now, JT makes music out of sheer necessity. Years of experience singing and playing everything from drums to keys to flute in America and Europe have colored his creativity with shades of melancholy, cynicism, boundless wit, and charm.
Sean Hannon has played guitar for 23 years. He and JT began collaborating during high school, and played many shows together. Sean played in the Texas State (then Southwest Texas State) jazz ensemble for a year. Sean has sat in with many acts over the years, at iconic venues such Liberty Lunch, Cactus Cafe, and The Filling Station. Sean played with Allison Scharf from 2002 to 2005, recording the album “What You Got for Me”. Sean joined Amy Boudreaux (together with bassist Kelley) performing at Stubb’s outdoor amphitheatre in 2007, and recently has played with Average Joe Crane.
Sean plays a custom guitar with a soulful yet esoteric style, exhibiting influences ranging from classical to jazz to heavy metal. His brother Robert built Sean’s guitar, lending both the unique tone and extraordinary look to Sean’s stage presence.
Junior Scott played clarinet in the school marching band, sang in choir, and acted in plays. He has loved performing from a very young age. He started playing bass in college, joined a reggae band, (Zion) alt rock band (Philo), big band/cover (Goose Gumbo), and several others.
One of the most notable bands was Backwater Expedition where he first played with JT and Sean Palmer. It was there, Scott first discovered JT’s charisma and uncanny abilty to charm and command a crowd. After that band, Junior and Sean worked together on several other projects including Highly Likely (3yr. Resident band for Austin’s famed Cedar Street Courtyard). More recently, Scott played with The StandOuts (formally named Rockus Circus) , was a guest bassist for Robbie and the Robots (Scott can be seen hamming it up in their youtube video “I’m the One”). Junior also performed all of the bass parts on Ashleigh Stone’s “Phoenix ” EP.
After discovering that he had trashed the sheetrock in two rental homes by age four, Sean Palmer’s parents redirected him with the gift of a drum set and he never has stopped…playing drums, that is.
He has had experience playing drums in almost every musical genre, from musical stage productions, to blues and funk, orchestral to punk music. Having played with J.T. and Junior in a prior band, and having worked with Hannon and J.T. in The Rocky Horror Revue, as “Rocky,” Palmer’s already proven that he is no shrinking violet, but a powerful performer, who also understands the importance of his function in the band as the recipient of all blame. He is not afraid, however, for he just says, “It may be my fault, but it is not my problem.”