Local teen rock band playing big stages

CHICO, Calif - A local teenage Rock 'n' Roll band is showing signs of becoming a music hit-maker.

Posted: Mar 18, 2018 3:31 PM

CHICO, Calif - At a recent appearance at the newly renovated El Rey Theatre, the band members of the Velvet Starlings no doubt enjoyed seeing the band's name in lights over the theatre's impressive stage.


The Chico-based teen band has come a long way since we last spotted them in May of last year playing a small gig in town.

“It’s actually besides me a completely different line-up of people," said Christian Gisborne, the leader of the Velvet Starlings. "A few weeks ago we opened for Robbie Krieger of The Doors down in Beverly Hills. We just finished recording our record; it’s getting mastered by Brian Lucey who did Cage the Elephant, Artic Monkeys, Black Keys, Beck, all those dudes.” 

14-year-old Christian Gisborne, the band's lead guitarist and lead vocalist has Rock ‘n' Roll in his blood. His father Roger is a veteran songwriter, record producer and instructor at Chico State. He has seen acts come and go over the years. He likes how the group has quickly morphed from a cover band to playing primarily original songs written and composed by Christian.

“Original songs are where it’s at. You’ve got to be able to put a song out there and say that's mine. That’s what we're doing you know,” said Roger Gisborne.

So what's next? The band is in Austin, Texas this week, where it’s booked to play several corporate parties at the South by Southwest Festival. Another rung in climbing the difficult ladder of success in the music world.

“I think only time will tell. We’ll see how it goes, we're on the right track, hopefully we can stay on it,” said Christian. 

In a business where it's all about sound, a sound way to look at the future.

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