I know, it’s only rock and roll, but I like it

Cathy ZielskeCZ Life21 Comments


Last Friday night, Cole’s band, Want Slash Need (yes, they had to change their name from Sound Morpher due to a legal complication), played their first paid gig at a bar in Minneapolis. The band, made up of four 15-year-old boys (Sean, Max, Henry and Cole) packed the bar with family and friends, totally rocked it out and made a few hundred bucks in the process.

The bar’s music manager was just loving them. He grabbed the mic and said they were his “…favorite f@#&ing band” that he’d seen so far this year and went on to compare them to Sonic Youth. He invited them back to play every month until they turned 21. That’s pretty rock and roll if you ask me.

These boys write all their own music and really do have a vibe together when they play. I just can’t believe how lucky I am to be able to see stuff like this. Truly.

It was a very proud mama rock and roll kind of moment for sure. Me and a few of the other band moms may have been a bit misty eyed at points during the night.

By all means, check out their social media and watch their video.

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Cathy ZielskeI know, it’s only rock and roll, but I like it

21 Comments on “I know, it’s only rock and roll, but I like it”

  1. #1
    Jen K.

    Totally impressed here! They’re great…like WOW! 15–blows my mind. My husband was in a band in high school–they were SO NOT this good.

  2. #2
    Kelly Buss

    Love, Love Love this! Their music video is awesome. Did you help with that? And I completely hear us on the misty eyes! My fifteen year old is in a band as well, and this year they had a few paid gigs and won a small battle of the bands. From one band mom to another here’s my son’smusic video. My boy isn’t too video savy yet, so I helped a lot and we filmed it in our barn. So much fun for the kids! http://youtu.be/_Wysd7JUWf4

    1. #2.1
      Cathy Zielske

      Thanks, Kelly! No, I had nothing to do with it. The band’s founder and lead singer’s dad is a professional videographer.

      And OH MY ROCK AND ROLL! Your son’s band sounds great and the clip is really, really good. Which boy is yours?

      1. #2.1.1

        My boy is the drummer. He’s had a passion for it for years. He is so much fun to watch because you can tell how much he loves it!

        1. #
          Cathy Zielske

          So cool. Cole is actually more of a drummer than a bass player. In fact, the drummer came to the mic and did a song during their set and Cole was on drums. Super fun.

  3. #4
    Kris Beauregard

    Wow Cathy! They are awesome! Are you ready for the stream of groupies that is sure to follow?

  4. #5

    Oh my gosh they are so crazy talented! Have they/are they going to record their music?

    Both my kids have done/are doing marching band (which is a completely different musical animal in many respects) but DANG! Seeing your kids take music to heart and totally excel at it is such an amazing parenting moment! (And there is nothing quite like hearing your son teach himself to play Crazy Train on the tuba.) And since we’re sharing YouTube videos, here’s one of my daughter’s drumline playing a Depeche Mode medley at the SCPA championships a few years ago (she’s the one playing center marimba): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dN0Ve5kcz_c

  5. #8

    VERY awesome. I’ve enjoyed their sound since you first posted that video. And yes – very Sonic Youth. Congrats to Want Slash Need!

  6. #9
    Kate G

    They are seriously amazing. My daughter is pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Music Theatre, and so has always been more into the traditional show tune – but she booked her first professional show this summer – and it’s Green Day’s American Idiot -so she’s getting her rocker chick on for the summer. (She’s the same age as your Aiden.)

  7. #11

    Ummmmmmm, AMAZING! Man, they are good. I wish I lived near you for many reasons…. my family would be BIG fans. Great video. Like someone else said… they are SOOOOO much better than the High School bands my friends had! 🙂

  8. #12

    i’m impressed, like i wanna hear more, for real. something about the sound reminds me of black sabbath. i hope they aren’t offended by that comparison. i remember seeing high school bands when i was teen, you know way back in the 90’s. i don’t remember them being this good. plus i saw some teens play at the west coast school of rock and for those about to rock school in southlake. the fact that these guys write their own tunes, they’re solid.

  9. #13

    Wow! They look cool and sound even cooler! Super awesome for being just 15!! Very talented!! Thanks for the video…really enjoyed rocking out to some original music…I Want Slash Need MORE!! 🙂

  10. #14

    Congratulations to the proud mama! They have a great sound and this old lady is going to go rock out now…

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