About the Restless Child Band 1988 - Present
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Nathan asked, “What song do you want to use for auditioning?” I responded with “You know any Whitesnake, like ‘Still of the Night‘?” I had learned that song for auditions for one reason, and one reason only, “To knock the auditioning band off their feet.”
If you remember that song, David Coverdale comes out strong, and being a David Coverdale apprentice that I was, (he doesn’t even know I’m alive) I whaled out that song acapella, and BOOM, a band was born.
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A Band-ly Direction
Our very first decision in the barn on Nathan’s parents property, where we did most of our rehearsing, was the direction we wanted to take as a band. Did we want to start out by doing covers in the bars for money, or keep our day jobs
(Chuck Franklin, Brayton Scott), or stay in High School (Nathan Yeary, Billy Sortore) and write and perform originals hoping we would get a record deal? Not in Indiana.
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Gathering all Sticks
Like all bands put together, playing and rehearsing is one thing, IF that’s what you want to do for the rest of your life, but that wasn’t our goal. We were hungry for some action. We were Mtv’s Headbangers Ball junkies and were bound and determined to start out as
a cover band, then record, then be huge Rock stars, in that order.
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We rehearsed covers for 2 months, got an music booking agent, and boom, we were ready to go, except for one thing, we still didn’t have a name for the band.
The guys threw around a bunch of ideas, but if I remember right, Nathan wanted the name “Runaway” based off of the Jon Bon Jovi
song “Runaway”. We had a problem with using that name, but I will get to that later.
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Life without Binary
Imagine a world without computers, tablets, cell phones, Internet, and the World Wide Web. Aw, those were the days of going to a big yellow book called the Yellow Pages
to look for our booking agent. To learn cover songs we had to buy the cassette-tape, yeah a cassette-tape, the medium we used for our 12 song demo. The creation of CD’s, or Compact Disc was way out of our price range for an up and coming band that was self financed.
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Life was a Rock n Roll….. Until
Our booking agent signed us up and we signed the booking agents contract for 10% of the earnings, and away we went being booked under the band name “Runaway”. We started out doing a couple of teaser shows locally in Indianapolis, Indiana, just to show the local crowd we could rock. I’ll never forget our first real live show at
the very popular Nite Club called the Enterprise on Indy’s east-side. Our opening cover song was “Still of the Night”.
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The Train Slowed Down…….but Didn’t Stop
Like I said before, the name of the band, or lack of, brought us to a slowdown, and I would have to say a new direction. It was that moment that we decided to stop the covers, and touring, and really concentrate on originals that Nathan and
Billy had been working on since they were 15 years old. We had a blast on the road, but the future was at hand.