While New Orleans is usually a go-to for music in Louisiana, there’s been something brewing in Shreveport and it comes in the form of rock band Seratones.
Pure, titillating rock ‘n’ roll at its finest, the southern four-piece sounds like what you’d get if Save Ferris, Black Sabbath and Aretha Franklin had a lovechild. Fronted by powerhouse vocalist AJ Haynes, the band comprised of Connor Davis, Adam Davis and Jesse Gabriel creates music that makes you feel like you’re at a high school party. Formed in 2014, the band grew up together in Shreveport, Louisiana, where they have quite the musical history.
Seratones played a lot of punk shows and in a lot of different bands together throughout the years, going from one project to the next. When they won a contest for time at the renowned BLADE Studios, the band was able to focus on new material — something that eventually resulted in the band’s debut album "Get Gone."
“We were of the ‘if you build it they will come mentality,’" says Haynes. “We had been crafting the songs since [being in the studio]. Everything just took off from there.” It’s not surprising that Seratones is such a fun band: that’s the whole spirit of the Shreveport music scene. Seratones cites one of their favorite bands as a two-piece rap group that raps about spaghetti. Everything is all in good fun in Shreveport.
“The great thing about Shreveport is that there’s a group of people who are just really supportive — there’s not a genre that’s the most prominent,” she explains. “Nashville, Atlanta and New York all have a sound, but we kind of do what we want to, and we can. No one tells us what to do, so we don’t give a s—t.”
The lack of rules in Shreveport has allowed for Seratones to explore the deepest depths of their creative expression: it’s a place that has more of an attitude than a sound. There are no rules in the bayou, and the melting pot aspect of its community is something that helps it and the musicians that emerge find success.
“Some of the best musicians I’ve ever met come from Shreveport,” says Haynes. “I think we all hold each other to a high standard with musicianship with regards to the musical history.”
Friday, Seratones will see the release of "Get Gone," which feels like one big rock rollercoaster ride — because that’s what it’s been like for the band. It’s something that resulted in a record perfect for a rager. The band spent two weeks recording the music, but up until that point, they had been perfecting the heavy guitar work, drums and soaring vocals of the songs.
“Songs are living creatures: they’re constantly changing, but we found that with the record we wanted to capture the live energy,” states Haynes. “If you’re making music and you’re not having fun, then there’s no point. So, we wanted [the album] to sound like a party.”
There’s a certain quality to the band that’s reminiscent of the anthemic energy from Alabama Shakes. While the four piece's sound is more straight-up rock than blues-rock, there’s a spirit about them and the revival of classic rock music that breeds similarities. It could be the combination of the band being able to put on a good show and have a good time that makes them stand out.
Regardless of the reception of "Get Gone," Seratones is is focused on what they want to achieve when it comes down to it all.
“We want to tour the world, be successful and make good art,” Haynes says. “So if there’s a cult following for that, that’s great. But our number one prerogative is to make good music that we can be proud of. If they build it they will come.”