A Reckless Daring.
The first time I heard this name, my first thought was, “that sounds legit.” Of course, the first time I heard the title, it was in 2010, so the word “legit” was a fad that everyone was doing. Now, it’s just plain annoying. But that’s besides the point. Whether you first heard of A Reckless Daring in 2010 or in 2011, you can’t help but realize that the name has edge, adventure, and a feeling that leaves you wanting to know what it’s all about.
I’m not sure about you, but I love discovering new music and falling in love with new bands. My iPod is filled with different genres of music and I’m always on youtube trying to find new bands that have a cool name, an awesome sound, and songs that make me want to play them over and over again. So when I was invited to go to an Open Mic hosted by A Reckless Daring, I said, “Sure. Why not?” And that’s when I discovered the musical amazingness that is A Reckless Daring. Their energy is contagious and their witty comments between songs keep the audience entertained throughout their entire show.
Always decked out in jeans, black shirts, and lime green ties, A Reckless Daring is made up of four guys who love to rock out and have fun playing music together. Austen Morgan is the lead vocalist for the majority of the songs who gets into the music while playing electric guitar. Connor Morgan, Austen’s little brother, plays drums like nobody’s business. Andrew DeShane plays guitar flawlessly and always looks like he’s having a great time. Phil Todd, the bassist, plays hard core and engages the audience during songs that require lots of participation.
Not only does the band cover songs by My Chemical Romance, the Beatles, Family Force 5, Green Day, and Blink 182, they also have written a few originals including “Semi Colon-End Parenthesis,” “Dolphin,” and “Crossing T’s and Dotting I’s.” While their set list is diverse, they stay true to their rock/alternative spirit which is great because many bands these days change up their sound in order to go with the flow. Because A Reckless Daring stays true to who they want to be as a band, their popularity is increasing and they’ve been asked to perform outside of their Open Mics, including at parties, church functions, and college campus house openings.
Their sound is current and unique. Their stage presence is professional but relaxed. When a performer is tense and nervous, the audience feels the tension and becomes nervous, as well. However, with ARD, you can tell they enjoy performing and that makes the audience enjoy it, as well. Some of the audience sit back and listen to ARD from the comfort of chairs or benches, but most of the fans congregate to the front of their stage, dancing and singing along. Once in a while, Austen will switch it up, come off the stage, and make his way to the fans, which, in return, creates even more excitement and adrenaline.
A typical show from A Reckless Daring includes lots of laughter from their funny jokes and ‘in between songs’ stories, a lot of rocking out and jumping up and down, a few guest appearances who help them with a song or two, a few original songs, a new cover song or two that become immediate new fan- favorites, and at least two encores. When you leave from their shows, you leave excited, satisfied, and anxious for the next show.
Whether you’re hesitant to try listening to a new band or are all for it, I strongly recommend A Reckless Daring. From all of the music I’ve listened to, I’ve heard a lot of horrible stuff that isn’t worth the time to listen to more then once. I’ve heard bands that are uninspiring, dull, and just not good in general. But with A Reckless Daring, I can tell you that they’re worth it. They’re worth checking/”liking” on Facebook, subscribing to on Youtube, following on Twitter, and coming to their shows and open mics. Plus, the majority of their shows and all of their Open Mics are free of charge. It’s too good to be true, can it be? Yes, it can be. They’re free concerts. So, what are you waiting for? Go check them out and leave a comment here about what your thoughts are! Can’t wait to hear all about your experiences about A Reckless Daring!
A Reckless Daring links
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http://youtube.com/user/ARecklessDaring <–subscribe on youtube!