Alameda Band Plays in San Francisco

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Members of Dont Be the Hero are from left to right: Troy Wise, Chaz Miranda and Patrick Brown.

On Sunday, Sept. 2, Alamedas Dont Be the Hero will play one of it biggest shows of the year at San Franciscos DNA Lounge. The band has previously played at Roosters in Alameda, the Gilman in Berkeley, the Mutiny in Antioch and the Red House in Walnut Creek. Dont Be the Hero will soon release its first extended play (EP), a recording containing more than one song but too short to be a full album. Members of the band guitarist and singer Chaz Miranda, drummer Patrick Brown and bassist and singer Troy Wise have attended or are attending Alameda schools.

Miranda graduated from the Bay Area School of Enterprise (BASE), Brown and Wise both attend Alameda High School. They created the band in June 2011 from an older band after changing bassists and deciding to take on a different look, name and sound. What sets Dont Be the Hero apart from other bands is dedication to its audience, Miranda said. Making sure that the audience is entertained is our number one goal.

We strive to be fun for them, and we do that by getting them involved in our performances. According to Brown, the band works constantly to keep the performances fresh. The audience is even involved in the songwriting process. They are what push us through writers blocks, he said.

In addition, the band strives to grab and keep its audiences attention by surprising them, like when they announced before playing Misadventures that the song was about the vocalists white pants. They make sure to be friendly to everyone. I assume that if the crowd doesnt like our music, at least we will come off to them in a way so that theyll like us, Wise said. The band is hoping to finance its first record and is looking for a sponsor; email the band at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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