February 23, 2013

Navajo "anime-core" band

'Is this us?'

5 Cellars Below reorganizes as Rei-Gurren

By Shondiin Silversmith
Out with the old, in with the new is the motto for members of Rei-Gurren since they dropped their former band name, 5 Cellars Below, and reestablished themselves early last year.

When 5 Cellars Below disbanded after working together since 2004, the remaining members wanted to keep going, and that's how Rei-Gurren—the names of two of their favorite animated characters—was born.

"What makes us different is we put a lot more effort into our writing," said front man Raemus Catron, 25. "Basically we matured in our instruments."

The Window Rock-based, self-proclaimed "anime-core" band lashes out their sound with a faster tempo, a lot more melody, and longer solos.

Rei-Gurren band members said the songs they are creating now are more energetic, and more fun to play, because they create music based around the things they enjoy the most: anime, video games, and Japanese bands.
Comment:  For more on Navajo musicians, see Navajo Nation Band at the Inauguration and Radmilla Cody Nominated for Grammy.

Below:  "Rei Gurren band members, from left to right, include Jeffery Curley (drummer), Reamus Catron (front man) and Reuben Begay (basset) are happy to get back in the music scene as a new band with a new sound." (Donovan Quintero)


Anonymous said...

slight correction: Technically, Gurren is a giant robot from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.

Rei's referring either to Hino Rei (Sailor Mars) or Ayanami Rei (a clone intended to evoke the uncanny valley, so naturally she's the most popular character on Evangelion).

Anonymous said...

GURREN is correct but REI is taken from High School of the Dead's Rei Miyamoto