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TallBoy at the Relax Sports Bar

Progressive metal rock is the genre of choice for TallBoy, a Medford-based band.

"We wouldn't go any other way," says Angel Alvarez, bass player and backup vocalist for the group. "We love it. Our sound is awesome, it's rock, it's metal and it's all original."

Alvarez, along with lead guitarist Kevin Kaufman, drummer Justin Bullen and rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist Cary Aubuchon, bring a range of metal rock inspiration to TallBoy's music, and Aubuchon writes the lyrics.

The four will perform at 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at Relax Sports Pub, 1350 Plaza Blvd. (in the Mountain View Plaza), Central Point.

The success of other metal rock bands based in Medford and Grants Pass, such as Dry Season, Halo of Betrayal, Start a New and Chesterfield, has been a big part of the inspiration behind TallBoy.

"These are good people, and they're talented musicians," Alvarez says. "They're the ones getting out there and promoting their bands. We hear each other's music, share bills with them. We also ask bands from Bend, Reno and Portland to come to Medford and play with us. That, in turn, helps us gets shows in their towns."

Alvarez says that Medford is a hard place to cultivate a metal rock scene.

"We want to go further," he says. "We play local venues whenever we can and try to create a buzz around town. We want kids and adults out enjoying live local bands."

Not all venues are open to the idea of presenting metal, and others want only bands that play rock and metal hits. Some that support metal rock include the Sports Bar in Central Point, Shen- anigan's, Johnny B's and Oxygen in Medford and Cattlemen's in Rogue River.

The Treasure Trove in Grants Pass presents metal rock shows for all ages, as does Eads Furniture in Medford, Alvarez says.

"Those people have been very good about supporting us," Alvarez says. "But we'd be nothing without all of our fans. The fans make us who we are and who we will become."

TallBoy makes stops up and down the I-5 circuit, with shows in Eugene, Portland, Olympia, Bremerton. The group has March shows set with Adrenal Krone and A Single Second at Knucklehead's Bar and Grill in Reno, Nev., and A Single Second and Save and Continue at The Distillery in Sacramento, Calif.

March is turning into a busy month for TallBoy with CD release parties for the band's new full-length CD, "No Hindsight For The Blind," set for Medford. The all-ages release parties will include the Reno and Sacramento bands and be held at Treasure Trove and at Eads.

"Hindsight" was recorded at Amber VU Studios in Central Point. It follows TallBoy's June 2008 self-titled demo CD.

TallBoy began as a band in December 2007, but its members' relationships go back quite a while. Aubuchon, 24, and Bullen, 25, formed the band 3 Day Girlfriend after their high school graduation. Alvarez, 32, was a member of Half Rack for five years and recorded four albums with the group. Kaufman, 24, has worked with three bands based in Medford and Klamath Falls. Aubuchon has an unconventional method of playing guitar that includes using a right-handed guitar, flipping it over and playing left-handed. His vocal endeavors have begun since TallBoy was formed.

TallBoy's music has been featured on Dave Softee's Metal Meltdown show streaming from MySpace Music's Metal Messiah Radio, and, according to an album review by Metal Mike and The Montalian posted at Sonicbids, the band plays a broad scope of punk, thrash, alternative and rock. The music on "No Hindsight for the Blind" is catchy ... and diverse ... and with its killer blend in style is definitely good music. The songs have styles that resemble Sevendust, Metallica, Kurt Cobain, Nirvana and Iron Maiden, the review says.

See myspace.com/tallboymusic1 for upcoming shows, merchandise and music.

There's no cover charge for the show at Relax Sports Pub is free. Call 664-1617.

Left to right, Kevin Kaufman, Angel Alvarez, Cary Aubuchon and Justin Bullen are TallBoy. - Photo courtesy of TallBoy