HER VOICE REMAINS: Drummer Stefan Veselko, bassist Jeffrey P., guitarist Elias Gamboa and singer Danielle will perform at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano on Friday night, April 4.
Her Voice Remains has the kind of compelling story that could well be the basis of a '00s dramatic film.
The band was formed in 2005, with Elias Gamboa on guitar, Jeffrey P. on bass and Danielle on drums.
"Danielle and I were in a relationship and then we broke up," Jeffrey P. recalled. "She subsequently left the band and we recruited another drummer."
It was then that the trio decided to find a singer to complete the line-up. Ironically, Danielle asked if she could audition.
"She came in and nailed it," recalled Jeffrey P. of the audition roughly eight months or so after Danielle had stopped drumming for the group.
Danielle admits her new role in the band was a challenge.
"It was a big change moving up to the front (as singer) ... but I think I'm a better singer than a drummer," she said.
After an interim percussionist left the troupe, drummer Stefan Veselko was brought in for an audition.
"We found Stefan via MySpace. He came in the day before Thanksgiving (2005) and nailed it," Jeffrey P. said in a recent interview. "Half way through the first song (I knew he was our drummer)."
Added Veselko: "Their influences popped out. I contacted Jeffrey and he sent files. I learned them note by note. It just clicked."
Her Voice Remains has shared the bill with a wide range of well-known acts, including Human League, A Flock of Seagulls, Dead Man's Party and English Beat.
With a sound that has singer Danielle's hypnotic vocals layered atop Gamboa's chain-saw guitars and driving, in-the-pocket grooves delivered by Veselko and Jeffrey P, Her Voice Remains joins fellow area bands such as the Dear & Departed, Rock Kills Kid and Vale as mining new sonic ore in '80s-branded rock.
"Our music is a bit reminiscent (of the past), but it's unique," Danielle said.
From the driving "Love is Gone" and "Into the Sun" to the post-punk of "Dead Arms" and "Let Go Away," Her Voice Remains is an outfit at home playing up-tempo and stylish rock as featured on the band's self-titled 2007 album. The sound of Her Voice Remains recalls seminal acts such as the aforementioned Siouxsie and the Banshees, as well as the Martha Davis-led Motels and modern rock heroes such as Giant Drag and Blonde Redhead.
"We struggle," Jeffrey P. said of how best to describe the sound of Her Voice Remains. "In my opinion, it's Blondie meets Siouxsie and the Banshees in a dark alley."
Berlin, Her Voice Remains and Night Creatures will perform at the Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, at 8 p.m. on April 4.
Tickets will be available for $23.50 at the box office the evening of the show, or for only $18 in advance when purchased from Her Voice Remains. For information on how to get tickets in advance, visit the band's Web site at www.HerVoiceRemains.com. To hear songs from the band's recent CD release, visit www.myspace.com/hervoiceremains.
For more details on the April 4 show, call the Coach House at 949-496-8930 or visit www.thecoachhouse.com.