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August 1, 2013

Reckless at RibFest: Mankato native's band playing annual festival of music and meat

Mankato native's talented, young band performing for annual festival of meat and music

They’re young, talented and confident.

They’re a surreal head trip on a ride of guitar solos, their poppy, new-age indie swagger founded on '90s grunge and alternative rock.

They’re The Reckless, and they’re opening for Everclear Friday at Ribfest.

Lead vocalist and guitarist David Sandersfeld — along with lead guitarist and back-up vocalist Scott Berman, bassist Adam Couch and drummer Jason Worrell — banded together to create the group only last year, and despite their infancy have managed to rock venues from Mankato’s RedSky Lounge and Midtown Tavern all the way up to Minneapolis staples such the Cabooze. And soon, The Reckless will make their First Avenue 7th Street Entry debut.

Over rounds at Liquor Lyle’s in the Uptown section of Minneapolis, Sandersfeld, who is a 2006 Mankato West Senior High School graduate, explained the intentions of his band’s music, and some of his feelings performing before a crowd.

“I’d say it’s another world, and there’s nothing else you’re thinking about except expressing yourself through playing,” Sandersfeld said. “I want people to get a feeling of energy and emotion.”

Through cohesive sets and powerful, hooking lyrics, Sandersfeld and his band compiled first album, "Keep It Together," only eight months ago. The album represents a collection of various styles contributed by each member.

“It’s a good first album with a lot of variety,” Sandersfeld said. “[You] see what works for you, and try to find a happy medium between you and your members.”

And that’s what the album is: a happy medium. With Sandersfeld’s deeper, raspier version of O.A.R.'s Marc Roberge’s voice, and Berman’s incredible licks, they produce material that recalls a hybrid of Radiohead and Pearl Jam, a distant relative of New Order, a dose of Dave Matthews Band jam sessions, and an energy that teeters between relative calm and the uncontrollable excitement of Jane’s Addiction.

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