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AREA BAND PROUD TO BE LOUD.

Byline: Tere Marshall Daily News Staff Writer

The local band Lefty's Head will perform tonight at the newly opened Cafe Tara in Canyon Country.

``We're loud at times. Too loud for quiet Santa Clarita,'' Miller said. ``But it's for a reason. We like to be able to get a full range of dynamics in our music from soft and quiet to loud and driving for contrast.''

So at Cafe Tara, at Whites Canyon and Soledad Canyon roads, there are windows across the front of the store and an outside seating area where most of the fans gather.

``I hope people understand that we won't get our feelings hurt if they listen from outside where it's not so loud, but we just want a chance to play without artistic restraints,'' Miller said.

Lefty's Head is made up of locals - saxophone player Dan Cowan, guitarist Kevin Kmetz, vocalist Danyl Johnson, drummer Theo Mordey and bass player Tracy Miller.

The band has two demo CDs, financed by Kmetz's parents, and the next CD, projected to be available at the end year, will be financed by the band.

``We are doing all our own production because there is so much artistic creativity on the line during production,'' Miller said.

In 1994, Miller and his first drummer, Jim Foster, were both looking for a band and decided to work together. Miller happened to pass a guitar player, Kevin Kmetz, at the mall and asked him to join the band. Kmetz had a degree in music composition from California Institute of the Arts and the three formed a strong trio.

``It was the summer after the (1994 Northridge) Earthquake,'' recalls Miller. ``I remember because I had just bought a new amplifier and it fell on the floor during the quake. Then when the band formed, every time we practiced, I worried the amp would fall on the floor again.''

After a year, they brought in a saxophone player. Their sound developed for a full year with an instrumental emphasis and minimal vocals.

When the band talked about bringing in Johnson, it was an artistic decision that would drastically change their focus from instrumental to a more vocal-oriented sound

Foster, the original drummer in the band, wanted to continue his instrumental work and left the band, while the rest of the members worked the new vocal direction. Mordey, a CalArts graduate with a degree in percussion, replaced Foster on drums. The new songs the band is writing now are using more vocals.

Lefty's Head played at Cafe Tara four times last month and is developing a core group of fans from the area. It can be seen at 9 tonight at Cafe Tara and again at Ben and Jerry's in May. For a schedule of performances or booking information, call (805) 296-5370.

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PHOTO Lefty's Head is, standing from left, Tracy Miller, Kevin Kmetz, Theo Mordey and Dan Cowan, with Danyl Johnson, front, on vocals.
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