Three acquaintances from Stephenville, Texas, ran into each other in the Dallas after moving there, and a rock band emerged.
Maybe it’s not quite that simple, since bassist Kelan Luker had to give up a promising college football career at SMU first, but three-fifths of Submersed has emerged from small-town Texas and is poiesd to become one of the forces of heavy rock.
Submersed, who released “Hollow” off its debut record “In Due Time,” joins Wind-up Records labelmate Alter Bridge (the remnants of Creed without Scott Stapp combined with former Mayfield Four vocalist Myles Kennedy) and Future Leaders of the World on the Jagermeister Music Tour, which plays the Clear Channel Events Center at Interstate 430 and Col. Glenn Road on Wednesday, May 4, starting at 7:30 p.m.
“It’s our third time around with Alter Bridge,” Submersed vocalist Donald Carpenter said. “We’re just out here playing music and trying to affect people’s lives, that’s all.”
Carpenter, guitarist T.J. Davis and Luker grew up in a football-crazy town. Luker was even named Texas High School Quarterback of the Decade. Carpenter, who is now 26, said he played some football, but not with the passion that Luker displayed. Carpenter did play in cover bands back home. “That’s where I developed a passion for being on stage and performing rock music.”
The trio moved about two years ago to Orange County, Calif., where they met guitarist Eric Friedman and drummer Garrett Whitlock. Seven months later, the band had a recording contract.
“It’s been a pretty weird trip,” Carpenter said. “It’s a group of guys from the same town who were walking completely different paths of life and all of a sudden we’re doing the same thing together and it’s a success.”
Carpenter said such artists as Soundgarden with Chris Cornell, Alice in Chains, and former Dallas band Pantera have had an influence on their songwriting. “It’s still rock and roll,” he said. “Metallica is a big influence of ours, too. Just anybody who can play their instruments and sing and write songs.”
Tickets are $22.50, and the show will feature Jagermeister prizes and CD giveaways.