Relefords prepare for release of first album




Ian Releford doesn't have expectations of becoming a big rock star. His focus is providing for his family and music is a hobby and a way to express himself.

"An entertainer has the burden of having to go out there and maybe even do things that don't really represent them, in order to achieve any kind of success, whereas an artist, I think that's one of the freedoms we have — we don't have to impress anybody," he said.

The 32-year-old has been playing music since he was in high school alongside his brother, 31-year-old Derek Releford.

"We started in high school, mostly just playing garage bands, metal bands and stuff — fun stuff," Ian said.

In 2003, the brothers began the band Trevino, but after playing together for about seven months, priorities shifted.

"We started in 2003, and that only lasted maybe seven months. We played one show in Garden City and that was it, and then it got shelved for like eight or nine years," Derek said.

Originally from Elkhart, the brothers now consider Garden City their home.

"A lot of artists leave the sticks, they go to the cities to 'make it,' and I don't want to (bash) on that or anything, but to me, moving back here where there's nothing to do was the best thing I could do as an artist. Because, if you're in a city where there's something going on every night — that's fun and everything, but you have no time to say what you want to say," Derek said.

Ian and his wife Merry Releford have three children and Derek and his wife, Stephanie, who plays the piano for the band, have one on the way. The brothers say they are at an age where they are ready to settle down, but that they will always make music.

The band got going again a couple of years ago and is on the verge of releasing its first album, "Born Again, Bored Again," which Ian said is a compilation of songs that he and his brother have been writing during the past 10 years.

"Almost all of our songs start the same way. Derek is pretty much what you would call the beginning point. He comes up with the idea for a guitar part and vocal idea, and we'll arrange the song based on his idea and then, add everything else. I try to make it 3D. I expand on his idea," Ian said. "This CD is definitely a compilation of the better of the 14 songs over the past 10 years."

He describes the band's music as rock, and Derek said there a lot of different influences.

"Ian's really into 90s stuff like Sound Garden and that plays into a lot of our music. Our drummer is a full on metal head. He doesn't listen to anything but metal and you can tell in our music. It's hard to describe our music because we're all coming from different areas," Derek said. "It's just a nice blend."

Ian described it as being stream of consciousness.

"We don't really try to pinpoint on anything. We just let things go as they go and the lyrics are definitely like that," Ian said.

Not only does Ian play bass on the songs, but he also produced most of the album.

"Ian did everything — anything that's not drums or vocals," Derek said.

Derek sings and plays guitar. The other band members are Hugo Hernandez on guitar and David Shumard on drums.

The band is hosting an album release party Feb. 27 at Four Winds Bar and Grill.

"We hope people come and check us out, we hope people like our music, but at the end of the day, we're going to do it because that's what we do, because it's fun," Derek said. "We know we aren't going to be famous. This album won't be sent to any labels. We're not trying to get a record deal."

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