Raylan James (lead vocals), Paul Sperling (multi-instrumentalist), and Brandon Shaw (bass) make up Rauchenstein. When the band performs live, Benn Tass (guitar) and Dave Constable (drums) are added to the lineup. With influences such as Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, Guns ‘N’ Roses, AC/DC, and Mötley Crüe fans expect nothing less than hard-hitting rock and roll and that is exactly what they get. The band loves performing, sometimes a little too much as Paul explains, “We got kicked out after we played! We were a featured act and possibly had too much to drink. Things got a little out of control! How Rockin’ Roll is that!?! Getting kicked out of your own fucking show! LOL!” Of course things like this are not a common occurrence; sometimes it just goes with the territory.
So what kind of gear do these hard rockers use? Paul relays, “I am a major gear head, very influenced by Eddie Van Halen, and tend to be a tone chaser. My main electric guitars are Charvel EVH Art Series “Charlene”, (1 of 3000 made), Ernie Ball Music Man (Purple Haze), and Gibson Les Paul (Elvira). Acoustic Guitars: Breedlove all the way! My bass guitars are a Yamaha 504 and Godin A4. Amps: EVH 5150III, Mesa Road King Series II, Peavey 5150, and a pile of Line 6 gear. I bridge all of my amps together using a Radial Engineering JD7 Injector. It allows me to come up with the all original “Rauchenstein” sound. It blends the growl of the Mesa, presence of the original 5150, and over-the-top creamy distortion of the 5150 III.” Brandon uses a Gibson Firebird Bass, Dave Constable beats on Yamaha Drums, and Ben Tass prefers PRS and Music Man Guitars.
Still unsigned by choice, as they refuse to settle, the band has been rather busy since that fateful night in Indianapolis. Winning the contest was a huge accomplishment for Rauchenstein considering they had just formed in August 2012. Afterwards they played countless live shows and even did some touring, opening up for Slash and the Conspirators on their Apocalyptic Love Tour. With their debut album set for release this month, the band is gearing up for an even busier road ahead.
The guys have traded the stage for the studio for the past few months, focusing on recording their album. Like most bands, they keep in contact with their fans through the internet. Rauchenstein has accumulated a large following, with over 60,000 combined fans from multiple websites. The band is very active on social media, as they are able to reach more people than just the fans they have at their live shows. Their music has now spread to heavy rotation on over 120 radio stations all around the globe. As they prepare to line up concert dates to support the new album, Paul keeps his hopes high to one day tour with Sammy Hagar because “Dude is the coolest cat on the planet!”
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