Evolution of a Band
Evolution of a Band
One fateful afternoon, guitar player Ed Davis wandered into the clubhouse of the Los Robles Golf Course and sat down at the bar, striking up a conversation with a nearby man named Mitch. They ended up talking for quite a while, and after a variety of subjects the topic of conversation eventually made its way to music. Mitch mentioned that he knew a few club members who had recently formed a jam band together, calling themselves The Pot Belly Stoves. Not long afterward, Ed was introduced to Dana Rheaume, Larry Atterman and Peter Gordon, who all played guitar as well, making 4 guitarists. Still, Ed wound up becoming a member of the group, with Dana opting to instead play bass, and Peter switching to the mandolin. Realizing their need for a drummer, Dana placed a call to an ex-coworker, drummer Robert Cruz, who decided it was time for him to dust off his drumsticks and kit to join the band. Later a female singer was added as well to share some of the vocal responsibilities.
For about a year or so, the band was having a great time jamming together, even playing a few gigs. Then, without warning, tragedy struck: founder and bass player, Dana Rheaume, suddenly and unexpectedly passed away. Shocked from the sudden loss of their friend and fellow band mate, the group was left reeling, finding themselves with no sense of direction. Eventually, they decided they would keep playing together, if for no other reason than to honor Dana's memory. Finding themselves without a bass player, Ed reached out to his friend Tom Rincker, bassist and fellow band member from Ed's other band, Wing It. When asked, Tom agreed to come aboard and become the band's new bassist. But it wasn't long before their female vocalist, who had taken over singing lead vocals on many songs, announced that she would be leaving as well, with plans to move out of state.
At that point, the remaining members of the group - Ed Davis, Peter Gordon, Tom Rincker, Larry Atterman and Robert Cruz - began re-tooling and working on Instrumentals, most of which were surf tunes, while they tried to figure out what to do next. But one thing was certain: something was missing. The group realized that what they needed was a strong front person. Completely by chance, after rehearsing one night at a studio in Simi Valley, Robert happened to notice a hand written Post-It note tacked to the studio's bulletin board with a girl’s name and phone number who was looking for a band. He took the note and decided to call her. About a week or so after leaving her a message, Kelli Torrey returned his call. Upon hearing how he had gotten her number, she explained how she had posted the note nearly a year earlier and had completely forgotten about it, almost making the irony of the situation feel serendipitous. After speaking for over an hour, they both felt that she could be a good fit for the band, so he arranged an audition for her.
The first note was all they needed to hear. Having a versatile, powerful voice and an incredible range , Kelli proved she was capable of singing just about anything, from the silky smooth Smokey Robinson to the raspy soulful Janis Joplin. She was offered the job on the spot, which she happily and eagerly accepted. Within just a few weeks, it seemed the band might encounter yet another speed bump, when Larry informed them that he would be leaving the band to focus more on his songwriting. However, despite being faced with yet another possible setback, things somehow felt different this time. Everything had instantly begun to click exactly as they were. It was as if fate had stepped in and helped the band to understand that perhaps everything was exactly as it was meant to be.
The sound and image of the band completely changed within a very short period of time after Kelli’s arrival. As a result, it quickly became obvious that the time had come for the band to consider a new name - one that truly embodied the band's new sound and embraced the new direction they were headed in. They all began coming up with ideas for a new name, as well as some possibilities for a new look, slogan and logo. After discussing a few of the better ideas and several hundred text messages later, there was only one name that stood out to them all and just seemed to stick. And once they realized how many ideas easily flooded in incorporating its use, it has become clear the band had found its new name: RETROSPECT.
Now, all of the pieces finally seem to be falling into place. And like a Phoenix, Retrospect has risen from the ashes of its past, emerging stronger than ever - reinvented, reinvigorated, rehearsed and READY TO ROCK!!!