They might not be Oklahoma grown, but they’re sure glad to be here.
Bret Campbell, Matt Molloy, Jordan Hankey and Beau Bricher make up the band Strikes at One. They are grateful to be part of Rocklahoma, a large music festival in the heart of Oklahoma.
“We’re donating half the proceeds of our merchandise sales this weekend to relief efforts in Moore,” said Hankey. “We may not be Oklahoma boys, but we’re people. Our hearts go out to the people impacted by these tornados.”
The band is based in Santa Barbara, Calif. but they know in Oklahoma “who are you” really means “who are your people.”
As a group, they have cousins, sisters and a step-daughter who live in this area.
They’ve never performed locally but they’re “stoked to get the opportunity.”
“Our biggest influences growing up were Alice in Chains and Guns N’ Roses so we are completely stoked to have the opportunity to be a part of an event with them,” said Molloy. “It’s such a massive festival, we’re very humbled to have this chance.”
This is the largest event the band has played but that won’t change their performance, they said.
“Whether it’s a packed house or one person, they’ll get the same experience. We don’t just put on a show, we want our emotions to come across,” said Campbell.
Their career P.R. (pre-Rocklahoma) was nothing short of impressive.
Strikes at One’s debut CD, “Hardwired,” was released early this year and the band has been on a tour taking them all over the country.
Simply, their genre is hard rock but their music is far more complex. Their musical influences are listed as “everything from Beethoven to Pantera.”
When asked to describe their sound, every member of the band chimes in.
“We’re a hard rock throwback with melody and soul,” said Molloy.
With a twist of metal and a twist of funk their music is uncompromising, the bandmates said.
“Songwriting-wise I love Beethoven’s composition. We will learn from anyone and do it in a way that makes sense to this generation,” said Hankey.
All four share in the song writing duties and agree that overall the band is uncompromising in their sound, their style and their performance.
“I love Bret’s lyrics. He has a knack for writing things that are personal and versatile. His lyrics have depth and meaning,” said Hankey. “We don’t want to be a band that jams our opinions down your throat.”
All four agreed it’s all about listener perspective. Strikes at One’s music is serious and purposeful and so is their band name.
“It started as a dream initially but it resonated with all of us,” said Molloy.
“There’s no exact definition, it means something different to everyone in the band,” they said.
For some, it’s a reminder that time is limited and a person can never take it back or get more.
The foursome is familiar with dreams, saying Rocklahoma is one of theirs.
“It is so surreal. I’m a small town country boy. I remember driving a tractor listening to Alice in Chains. I remember being inspired by them at a young age,” said Campbell.
Most of the band has known each other since a young age. They all began playing instruments around the age of 12, two even lived on the same street and wanted to start a band then.
Eventually they found their way to each other and Strikes at One was created.
“We were all looking for the same thing so it was really lucky that we found each other,” said Hankey.
Each member may have been exactly what the band needed, but none of them are traditional rock stars.
Hankey graduated law school and became a practicing attorney, another had a real estate license and still another taught at a music school.
Strikes at One is a full-time job now and the band couldn’t be more excited to do something they love.
The rockers agree the stars aligned to bring these down-to-earth guys together.
“We really are humbled to be here. We want to thank Pryor for bringing us to this awesome festival. And we want to thank The Times for giving us the opportunity to reach out to Pryor,” said Bricher.
Strikes at One plays today at noon on the Axis Campground stage.