Pizon–‘In-your-face rock with no frills’

StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//img-JQEEa9t6kQ.jpg’, ‘Photo by Gary Geiger courtesy of www.pizononfire.com’, ‘Pizon will perform Friday, June 4 at Elixur.’);

Like many local bands, Pizon’s main mission is to rock. Upon hearing the group, most would agree that it not only achieves, but also surpasses this goal. The four-piece hard rock band distinguishes itself by creating original and intelligent music that would appeal to a variety of listeners.

Pizon, which is an Italian slang word meaning “best friends,” formed in October 2003. The name is fitting since the members say they have known each other for years and get along well. Lead singer Marc Price and backup vocalist Andy Geiger both play guitar and switch back and forth between rhythm and lead. Brothers D.J. and Dustin Wilson compose the rhythm section, with D.J. on bass and backup vocals and Dustin on drums. The group is managed by longtime friend Phil Johnson.

Although the band’s sound is unique, Pizon has been influenced by a number of artists. Among the most prominent are Metallica, Guns ‘N’ Roses, Led Zeppelin and Yellowcard. Drummer Dustin Wilson also names Animal from The Muppets as an influential force. The entire band admires local rockers The Heavils as well.

Pizon recently recorded a four-song demo that it plans to give away for free at shows. A live DVD of the group’s April 10 Black Easter show at Machesney Park Mall is also in the works. When asked what plans the band has for the future, all members responded, “to rock more.”

Pizon is set to do just that on Friday, June 4, when it plays in a battle of the bands at Elixur. Price said listeners could expect “to get rocked and have fun” at the band’s show. He also explained that while the group sticks to mostly original songs, it also tackles some covers like “Foxy Lady” by Jimi Hendrix and “Superbeast” by Rob Zombie.

Pizon’s interesting sound is what sets it apart from other hard rock bands. “It’s in-your-face rock with no frills,” remarked Dustin Wilson. After attending a recent practice, I would say this description is pretty accurate. The guys combine driving guitars, pulsating bass lines and energetic drum beats to form a heavy, but melodic brand of rock. Most notably, Pizon moves beyond the typical power chord formula and concentrates on more intricate effects, such as two-hand tapping guitar solos.

Pizon has a great deal of potential and deserves to be heard. To learn more about the band, visit www.pizononfire.com.

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