Seven music students came together to form a band with a sound many may not be familiar with.
“LFNC” is a ska-punk band made up of:
- Cameron Fults, music composition/guitar performance freshman, and Brayden Stonecipher, guitar performance freshman, on guitars,
- Chazz Miceli, guitar performance freshman, on bass,
- Joe Charlton, music performance freshman, on trumpet,
- Sam Charlton, trombone performance sophomore, on trombone,
- Josh Bartrug, music performance sophomore, on drums, and
- Michael Louladakis, vocal performance and music theater sophomore, as the vocalist.
“We all just got together because the common interest of the music,” Louladakis said. “It’s not a well-known genre of music.”
Ska is a raw genre that consists of punk and reggae, Louladakis said. Notable bands include “The Mighty Mighty Bosstones” and “Less than Jake.”
LFNC can stand for different things and it never has to stand for the same thing, he said. For him, it means “Light the Flame or No One Will Change.”
“We’re really just against the grain, which inspires so much punk-rock and ska,” he said. “Our band is really raw sounding. It’s a common practice in this genre to not take yourself seriously at all.”
LFNC recorded a demo consisting of four songs, which can be found on their SoundCloud.
The group recorded the songs in Louladakis’s living room.
“I think their music is nerdily majestic,” said Eric Odum, accounting junior. “It’s really smart musicians coming together to create a really cool masterpiece.”
LFNC’s first show was at Shindigz in Stratford, Okla.
Several students from OCU made the drive to see the band play, Louladakis said.
The band’s first official rehearsal was shortly after Winter Break.
“We practice three times a week for like two hours each time,” Louladakis said. “That’s six hours a week. That’s significant.”
Despite their strong commitment to the band, Louladakis said he only does this kind of music because it’s fun for him.
“It’s totally fun, but if a label signed us, that’s when the proof is in the pudding,” he said.
Louladakis said LFNC hopes to play during music assembly at the end of March and host a show on April 2 at his house at 1808 N. 23rd Street.
The band is also planning a tour that will likely kick off at the end of summer.
“It would go through Oklahoma, Vegas and California right now,” Louladakis said. “If we do a whole tour and it’s successful, another bands sees us or a label really likes us, that’s our best shot.”
The band began song writing immediately. Energetic and dynamic, LFNC are constantly creating and playing new music, according to the band’s Facebook page.
Louladakis said each members comes up with their own ideas and then they build of one another’s.
“Once we figured out not to force down an idea or a way of doing it, that fixed everything,” he said. “Ska and punk music, they just pride themselves on how much shit they think their own music is and that’s something that I like.”