Artist of the day: KORE
The core of KORE is singer-bassist Traci Aldrich, guitarist Susan Burkhart and drummer Jax Resto. Together they play a guitar-based brand of spunky alternapop that has resulted in airplay on radio stations up and down the East Coast.
The band will play during a Battle of the Bands on Sunday at Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. The event begins at 7 p.m.; KORE goes on at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10.
Click here to listen to Kore's Just Go, a track for which they'll be shooting a video this month. And after the jump, get Julie Garisto's full profile of this garage-rockin' girl group...
Down to the KORE: Traci Aldrich, bass and vocals; Susan Burkhart, guitars and backup vocals; Jax Resto, drummer.
All over the place: Aldrich lives in Palm Harbor; Jax, Venice; Susan, Tampa. “We practice in Tampa but we play all over,” said Aldrich.
Musical backgrounds: Aldrich: “I grew up playing the French horn. …I always loved to sing but didn’t really start singing until after high school. I started playing bass when I started KORE.”
Burkhart: “My mom was and is very musical. She started us in piano lessons when we were in grade school … My older brother bought me a guitar when I was 15 and taught me a couple of songs. After that I was hooked.”
Jax: I played violin and guitar in school, and have a vague recollection of playing piano and even singing, but I didn’t find my niche until 1998 when I bought my first drum kit.”
Influences: “One day I showed up to practice wearing a Beatles shirt,” said Resto. “Traci was wearing a Doors shirt, and Susan, a Van Halen one. … I think we’re pretty much on the same page when it comes to the newer stuff. I tend to like some of the more classic rock and punk rock. But every now and then, it’s retro enough or makes the soundtrack of a Dreamworks movie and my mates are all over it.”
Gig experiences: “We’ve been fortunate enough to have had a lot of great experiences in this band, from radio shows, to playing at Warped Tour in the Girlz Garage Tent representing Daisy Rock guitars, music videos, a Daisy Rock guitars endorsement and playing at so many great venues.”
Resto: “My first gig at Gasoline Alley, a week after my audition, Susan and Traci called and asked if they could start booking gigs. I laughed, thinking, we haven’t even practiced yet. … I remember after our set, we were loading up our equipment and I looked at Traci, wondering if she was upset with me for playing White Rabbit too slow. I asked, 'Are you gonna beat me up?’ She said, 'No, you did great,’ and gave me a hug. I’ll never forget that.”
The band name: Said Aldrich, “The band is named after the Greek goddess of the underworld, Persephone, or KORE. We pronounce our band KORE like an apple core. I wanted something strong but still feminine. I think it represents our band well because our music has some nice beautiful tones but also has the dark undertones.”
Good connections: Reputed local rocker Brian Merrill (of Barely Pink and Ditchflowers) has recorded music for the trio. “He did three songs for us before,” said Aldrich. “One, we just did, Just Go, got played on Prescription Addiction radio. It’s an AM station.”
Hear them: at a Battle of the Bands on Sunday, Sept. 6, at Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $10. Event begins at 7 p.m.; Kore goes on at 8 p.m. koretheband.com.
-- Julie Garisto, tbt*. Photo by Nikki Devereux.