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Behind the desolate, frayed appearance of front-man Paul David lie the reflective thoughts that are the powerhouse behind the recent rise of a local music sensation. In the spring of 2004, just after his high school graduation, David began assembling the pieces to what would become Celeste, a continuously evolving entity that has given David’s philosophic lyrics a chance to be heard by a growing audience of local music listeners.
In the fall of 2003, David joined forces with friend Kenny Muto and brother Joel Merritt not for the purposes of starting a band, but simply to raise funds for cancer research in their school’s benefit show. The trio didn’t immediately begin practicing together, but there was an obvious chemistry amongst them. After good reviews from their peers, the students put a little more effort into practicing for the same show the following year. Instead of performing covers songs, the group used the 2004 benefit show to debut the brilliant music that David had been engineering for years. The show was a huge success for the newly affiliated band and kick-started a local phenomenon that has been rapidly flourishing ever since.
Since that modest launch two years ago, Celeste has shared the stage with numerous national and semi-national acts including Acceptance, Gatsby’s American Dream, Cartel, Spitalfield, The Audition, Across Five Aprils, Evergreen Terrace, My American Heart, Emanuel, and Yellowcard. Their growing online fan base, which currently numbers well over 12,000, plays their songs an average of 500-1000 times each day on the national addiction that is MySpace. This boom in popularity can only be explained by the four young and talented individuals who mesh to make the band’s matchless cross between rock and pop with hints of punk flare.
The head of the group, of course, is David, 22. His hopeful songwriting is packed with captivating hooks, but not to the degree that it takes away from the artistic value. It’s an interesting collage that, mixed with David’s distinctively pure voice, makes for a catchy, melodic sound. Muto, a 19-year-old guitarist, and Merritt, a 19-year-old bassist, make up the rest of Celeste’s front line of vocals and strings. The tattoo clad and pierce-ridden Doug like clockwork sets the tone in the back on drums. The 23-year-old recently joined the band after moving from Boston, Massachusetts.
The four bond to make a nostalgic sound of yearning. The bouncy guitars offset the steady upbeat rythyms before crashing into David’s bombastic voice, causing a rippling effect of nice. Simply put, Celeste encompasses the meaning of classic ballad rock. Quietly waiting underground at the moment, they are about to take flight, as they are expanding into a radio-friendly, professional quality band.