WORTHINGTON — A 2010 Worthington High School graduate, Wesley Berger, and his St. Paul-based group Narrow Vines are no strangers to the Windsurfing Regatta and Music Festival.
But the group will actually perform Friday on the Regatta stage for the first time, having been forced to play under the tent due to rain last year.
“I’ve always kind of been involved with the Regatta,” Berger said. “It’s nice to go home and see everyone I know. But last year was the first time I participated in the Regatta as a performer. I’m excited to be back.”
Berger, who plays bass and is now the group’s new lead singer, explained that all the band members are either current students or alumni of McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul.
“The band got started when our songwriter, Chris (Kline), and our drummer, Clayton (Miles), collaborated on a song for a class,” Berger said.
Now a full-fledged band for almost two years, the group has finally written and will release its first full length album, “Rewind,” at the 2014 Windsurfing Regatta.
“This was sort of an album that almost didn’t happen,” Berger said. “The most recent change is that I have taken over as lead singer and switching over from a female lead to a male lead. But we had produced a lot of songs for the album with the previous singer, so we basically had to start all over.”
Berger, who mixed and produced “Rewind,” said listeners will hear the transformation in the album.
“These songs span all the way from the beginning of the band’s career to our most recent songs,” Berger said. “It’s been an adventure beginning recording with the old lineup, and then now re-creating the album with the new lineup.
“Some of these songs are ones that we’ve been dying to get out because they are so old, and we’re excited to get the others out because they’re so new,” he added.
Berger said the change in vocalists hasn’t affected the band’s fan base.
“When the change happened, everyone responded positively, and I’ve received nothing but support,” he said.
Narrow Vines plays original music inspired by pop/rock bands, but Berger states it is their vocal sound that make them different.
“We sing a lot of rock and pop, but we mainly focus a lot on our vocal harmony, so it’s not just me singing — we’re all singing,” Berger said. “I think that sets us apart.”
The band sees the Regatta gig as a way of expanding its fan base. It is performing back to back gigs, playing Friday night at the Regatta and then traveling back up to St. Paul to perform a show to promote their new album.
“Rewind” is officially being released Saturday, but the band is releasing the album early for the Regatta. “Rewind,” along with other merchandise, will be available for purchase at the show.
Narrow Vines can be found online at www.narrowvines.com, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.
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