From fires to fame – Elmore does more than fight fires
The members of ‘Arisen from Nothing’ include Lke Stevens Fire Commissioner Troy Elmore.
When people envision heavy metal bands like Metalica and Megadeth there’s a certain type of person that comes to mind. Tattoos, piercings, black clothing or even hair gelled into a pointy mohawk. There’s a band that stormed onto the Seattle music scene in 2008 that will change your mind about the men behind the mohawks.
‘Arisen From Nothing’ features fast technical guitars and aggressive vocals that reach beyond the typical “screamo” style of heavy metal.
The band features four members, one of which is a Lake Stevens resident and local Fire Commissioner Troy Elmore who plays guitar. Other members include Jim Eldridge on vocals, Pete Breene on drums and Eric Hanson on bass.
Eldridge has been fronting bands for more than a decade, including ‘Nothing Lies Ahead,’ and ‘Verfallen.’ When he isn’t playing with the band Eldridge works as a custodian at Arlington High School.
Elmore has been playing guitar for more than twenty years.
“There’s two things I loved most as a kid and that was the L.A. Dodgers and heavy metal. I was never much of a ball player but I did own a guitar,” Elmore said.
When Elmore isn’t rocking out on his guitar he works as a fire captain for the city of Mukilteo as well as serving the citizens of Lake Stevens as one of their Fire Commissioners.
Breene has been immersed in music his whole life, learning to play drums, guitar and bass. He has been playing in bands and recording music in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Kansas and Seattle.
“I’ve been, and still am, into jazz and progressive music. I got into metal in 1988 when I was introduced to Metallica’s ‘Master of Puppets’ LP,” Breene said.
He works in technical support for Comcast when he isn’t playing drums with AFN.
Hanson began playing bass nine years ago when he joined a local cover band. After playing in a number of tribute bands Hanson joined ‘Raze to Ruins’ with Elmore. The band and songs progressed and ‘Arisen from Nothing was born.
“I started playing bass around 2001. My first day playing I was in a band. I wouldn’t recommend this method, the learning curve is pretty steep,” Hanson said.
Hanson’s full-time job is a school teacher for the Marysville School District.
AFN was awarded the “Best Band, People’s Choice Award” at the second annual Hot Rocks Music Awards. They have grabbed some airplay of 99.9 KISW’s “loud and local” and a whole host of web based radio.
“The band means success to me because, we have made an album, which has always been a main goal for me, and we are making strides to become recognized. I play music because it runs in my family and it feels as natural as breathing to me,” Breene said.
In May, AFN was signed by Showcase Management Group.
“With AFN’s hard work and ever growing fan base, and Showcase’s ability to connect artists to the industry, and to translate hard work into success, we are hoping for big things,” it states on the AFN’s website.
AFN will be playing at Aquafest on July 24 at 1 p.m. during the Grand Parade at North Cove Stage.
They also have a show coming up in Marysville, August 6, at Jennings Park, a time has yet to be announced.
Keep up with AFN’s concert schedule at http://www.arisenfromnothing.com.