BU Today Sessions: First to Seven
This is rock ’n’ roll
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Alternative rock group First to Seven started two years ago as a couple of guys — Ryan Camilon (CAS’10, MED’13) and Andrew Lee (SMG’10) — in Warren Towers with acoustic guitars. It wasn’t until their sophomore year that Camilon, a vocalist, and Lee, who plays lead guitar, decided to expand the project to a full band.
Finding a drummer was easy — they looked in their own residence hall and asked floormate Tanmay Parekh (SAR’10) to join them. However, coming up with bassist Andrew Bisdale (CAS’10) required extreme measures — otherwise known as Facebook-stalking.
“I saw a picture of Andrew playing bass on Facebook and asked him if he felt like joining a band,” says Camilon, who’s studying medical sciences and psychology. “When we had our first full jam session, the whole time Andrew Lee and I just kept thinking, ‘Holy sh*t! Tanmay and Bisdale make us actually sound good!’”
With inspiration from bands like Blink 182, Taking Back Sunday, and Third Eye Blind, First to Seven has become what Camilon calls “a big music project-slash-party.” While plenty of practices are spent writing and perfecting songs, “there are other times when we just take breaks and crack jokes,” he says. “First to Seven is what we’ve always wanted: a band that we and other people like listening to.”
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