(Lorri Sughroue/McCook Daily Gazette)
The name of the band is based on a dream by band leader, Adam Spanier, with the lion representing ego and the cutthroat world of the music industry.
"We see ourselves as a band of believers in the midst of lions," Spanier said. Whatever you feed gets bigger, he continued, whether its the ego or the soul.
As the unofficial leader of the band, Spanier has some history with the music industry. Working as station manager at the Christian radio station, KNGN, he has played in bands in the past and released his own CD of music in 2011.
Spanier said it's sometimes hard to find good musicians in a small town, but the chemistry of band members in "My Starving Lion" has been great, with each member's strengths complementing each other.
"I've been in bands before, where the weakness in the band becomes evident and eventually, destroyed friendships," he said. With "My Starving Lion," "We hope to be a bright spot of light in a bleak music industry."
A rock/pop band that plays contemporary songs with the underlying Christian message, their upbeat melodies will cross all demographics, they say.
But, it's not a Christian worship band, Spanier points out. Instead, "We don't want to shove the Christian message down anyone's throat," he said. "Our songs are about there's hope in the end. If you're lost, that's okay, we've all been there."
Band members include:
Elise Kerchal, keyboard, vocalist: "I'm the voice of reason," she laughed. Classically trained, she's been playing the keyboard for years and auditioned for the band a few years ago.
Spencer Van Pelt, drummer: "He keeps us from getting too serious," Kerchal said. Van Pelt will be attending college in the fall, but will join the band at events in the eastern part of the state
Dylan Power, bass: "The reliable one," Spanier said. "Strong yet silent," Kerchal added. The newest member who joined only a few months ago, Power noted that the bass only plays a few notes but joked, "it's important that you hit them."
Colten Hiatt, lead guitar: also currently attending school in the Lincoln area, known as "the bro with the fro." Called the charismatic member of the band who attracts good attention, "He's uninhibited. If we need something done, like passing out band merchandise to the crowd, he's the one who will do it and have fun doing it," Spanier said.
The band has performed at several venues, most recently as the opening act for the Lincoln band, VOTA. Their next appearance will be at "The Battle of the Bands" in Kearney on Friday. They hope that someday, their music will make impact in a positive way, Spanier said.
'We're not naive, it's going to be hard work," he said. "Reception (to the songs) so far has been good, it's just a matter of time. If it's God's will, it will happen, no matter how many rejections."
And, as long as the lion doesn't get fed.
To watch a YouTube video of the song, "Long Lost Son," go to http://www.youtube.com/watchv=DFf71tW25Q...