Teen rockers on a roll
Mountain View High lads wow the screamer set at recent Graham gig
For a band called "Jaded," these boys seem to have a bright future.
Tyler Bush, 16, and friends Adam Grubb, 17, and Peter Korringa, 17, all juniors at Mountain View High School, have been contacting local venues to get the word out about Jaded, their recently formed rock band which already has a growing following.
At a recent show during the inauguration of Graham Middle School's new football field, Jaded inspired a host of middle school-aged converts.
"The screaming was staggering," said Michael Bush, Tyler's father. "It really took them aback. It was like the Beatles."
Jaded was formed through Bush and Grubb's friendship, which began in the third grade at Bubb Elementary, and Bush's inherent musical talent — besides being an accomplished guitar player who practices several hours a day, he also fronts the band and sings with near-perfect pitch.
Michael Bush, himself a lifelong guitar player and a single parent to Tyler and Brittney, 14, was an early proponent of the idea and now acts as the band's manager.
"Tyler and Adam had become what I call 'vidiots.' All they did was play video games," he said. "I wanted to redirect their energy."
With Tyler on guitar and Korringa on drums, Grubb was asked to join as the bass player, an instrument he picked up for the first time three months ago.
"I've gotten a lot better," Grubb said. "They voted me most improved."
At a recent gig at Britannia Arms Restaurant and Pub in Cupertino, Jaded (which specializes in Green Day covers while the boys work on original music) brought in a crowd that was a cross-section of the Mountain View community they've known all their lives.
Friends, parents, teachers, neighbors and co-workers showed up, as well as a representative from Atlantic Records in San Francisco. All the interest resulted in Jaded getting its first serious case of the jitters.
"When we play for the younger kids, I get nervous a couple of hours before. This time, I was nervous a full day before," Bush said.
By all accounts the show was a success, inspiring the crowd to rise from its seats and dance. But the show was a success in another way as well — it generated funds for the band's newly created charity, "Feed the Hunger," the brainchild of Tyler Bush.
At all of Jaded's shows, money and food is collected, which then gets funneled back to the local community through the Second Harvest Food Bank. From the beginning, Bush was clear that he wanted families in Mountain View to receive support.
"I know there are a lot of people in our community trying to make ends meet," Bush said. "I see kids at school who don't have money for lunch. Instead of sending the money to another country, I wanted to keep it local."
Jaded has proved fertile ground for a number of offshoots. Besides "Feed the Hunger," the boys have also formed a club at Mountain View High they call "School of Rock."
The club was designed as a meeting ground for veteran and amateur musicians at school, who come together to talk, play and generally do all things music-oriented.
That sense of community permeates all of Jaded's activities. A demo is scheduled to be recorded at Freestyle Academy — the district's multimedia program, complete with a state-of-the-art sound studio and audio equipment — and announcements of upcoming shows are made through Graham Middle School's television station, where Brittney Bush is an anchor.
The group has several upcoming gigs, including a personal invitation from Graham Middle School's principal, Alicia Henderson, to do a repeat performance, as well as a gig at Stanford University for the college's upcoming grad night.
And the rep from Atlantic records told Bush he loved the band, and will be back to see them again when they have original material.
For more on Jaded, visit www.myspace.com/jadedonline.