Bridge to Grace

PHOTO COURTESY GARY FLINN PHOTOGRAPHY

Bridge to Grace performs March 19 in Elizabethton at the Bonnie Kate Theatre. Members, left to right, are Christian Lowenstein (bass), Alex Cabrera (guitar), David Garcia (vocals) and Justin Little (drums).

Mere days ago the youngsters in Bridge to Grace stood on the frozen ocean of Chicago’s Lake Michigan.

“I had never seen Chicago before,” said Alex Cabrera, 18, lead guitarist in Atlanta’s Bridge to Grace. “The dream is coming true right now.”

Amid the opening pangs of their first nationwide tour, Bridge to Grace look to scorch the footlights at the Bonnie Kate Theatre in Elizabethton, Tenn. on March 19. They certainly do not rank among heavy metal’s road-graders; they are not a metal band. However, kick ’em and they kick right back.

“We’re a high energy, kick in your face band,” Cabrera said by phone from Chicago. “We bring it. We love to bring the rock.”

Carve it in granite. Bridge to Grace amount to stone age rockers in that showmanship meets musicianship paved. Power chords crunch notes like sledgehammers pulverize boulders.

Lead singer David Garcia embodies the aforementioned.

“David will be one of the most remembered people in rock ‘n’ roll,” Cabrera said. “David’s got so much energy on stage, running around, flipping on stage. He’s by far the best singer I’ve ever seen on stage. His voice is incredible.”

Witness “The Fold.” Garcia’s voice resonates such as if to grasp the hair on one’s arm and tug mightily on the band’s first single. Lyrically, it’s a cautionary tale apt for application within most anyone’s life.

“It’s the struggle within yourself to battle the demons, the sometimes dark feelings that are in you,” said Garcia. “It’s battling the dark emotions inside you.”

Culled from the band’s first release, their five-song EP “Staring in the Dark,” the song has quickly thrust forth as their hit of sorts. “The Fold” actually belongs within a 13-song album, which the band has recorded and do perform yet have not released in full.

“We’re saving the songs,” Garcia said of the eight unreleased tunes. “We want to ride these five songs out.”

Formed in 2012, initial building blocks that led to Bridge to Grace were cemented about five years ago. Cabrera and bass guitarist Christian Lowenstein attended Atlanta’s School of Rock as 12-year-olds.

“That was the beginning of this band,” Cabrera said. “The School of Rock was the biggest step in our career. We got to play on stage when we were so young and it helped so much. So, when I started Bridge to Grace I brought Christian into the band.”

Garcia and drummer Justin Little, now in their late 20s, joined later. Banded for two years, they epitomize the moral of AC/DC’s “It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Want to Rock ‘n’ Roll)” and lines therein including “I tell you folks it’s harder than it looks.”

Hence, one show at time go forth Bridge to Grace.

“We definitely prove ourselves whether it’s for 12,000 or 12 people,” Cabrera said. “If it’s only 12 people, we’ll make them remember us.”

Brand Bridge to Grace as hungry like wolves in tune and on the prowl. The dream, the rock ‘n’ roll dream snared in their crosshairs like bloody meat on the horizon, compel them.

“You have absolutely no idea how hungry we are,” Cabrera said. “We are not going to stop until that dream is complete.”

Tom Netherland is a freelance writer. He may be reached at features@bristolnews.com.

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