Grasyde Band

Most musicians their age emulate the icons of their peers—waifish pop punk and “screamo” bands with dyed black hair and lip rings, who sing about teenage angst and first girlfriends.  But for the trio of 18-year old Edmondites who form the alternative rock blues band Grasyde (pronounced “gray-side”); it’s the sounds of the generation preceding theirs that draw them into the footsteps of yesterday’s rock legends.

As seniors in high school, there’s a lot Grasyde must overcome that most new bands don’t have to worry about. Things like 8-hour schooldays, homework and the presumptions of venue managers and others in the industry who learn their age and expect whiny, unprofessional musicianship.

But not everyone sees their age as a hang-up. Local rock stations are lining up for copies of their demo, once it’s finalized.  Front man, Tyler Lee Wagoner, expects things will turn around when they can offer physical proof of their abilities to anyone who doubts them, as if their short, yet already impressive history weren’t enough.

In May, Grasyde played their first show to a sold-out crowd at Hillbilly’s in Arcadia. After that, the restaurant never let them come back; they’d drawn such a crowd, it was too much strain for the waitresses.  Since then, the three-piece band has taken the stage dozens of times at bars, restaurants, city parks and the Oklahoma State Fair to wow music lovers twice and three times their age with their musical capability and their grasp of what made the tunes they draw inspiration from so important.

In addition to writing more than twenty original songs, band members meticulously