The self-proclaimed heaviest rocking band in the county will play The Barkley Ballroom in Frisco tonight.
Here Lies the Difference is returning to the Summit after a 2½ year haitus from hometown shows.
“We’re not like a jam band; we’re hard core,” said Nick Nowacyk, the band’s drummer. “A lot of people up here like metal, but there aren’t a lot of bands that play metal. We are this local band that plays this music.”
Both Nowacyk and guitarist London Bell have been local residents for going on 11 years, having attended high school, middle school and even elementary school together.
“We met through this band,” Nowacyk said. “I started it when I saw this girl play guitar at my brother’s graduation, so I invited her to join. She’s not in the band anymore, but that inspired me to start playing music up here — a different kind of music.”
Nowacyk said there are no bands in the county that sound quite like Here Lies the Difference, hence the band’s name. Bell said everything about the band’s music is aggressive, from the lyrics to the volume to the vocals.
“It sounds like the end of the world,” Bell said.
Despite a lack of recent local shows for the band, Here Lies the Difference has been touring extensively and has played The Marquis Theater in Denver, The Black Sheep in Colorado Springs and The Mesa Theater and Club in Grand Junction.
“We struggle getting shows up here because I think people aren’t used to hearing what we play,” Nowacyk said. “Venues are unsure whether to book us or not. It’s very unfair because we know that we work really hard and we can draw a huge, huge crowd.”
The band members compare their music to other hard-core acts such as A Day to Remember, BlessTheFall, I See Stars, Glass Cloud and Victory Heights. Fans are typically in their late teens and early 20s, Nowacyk said. Bell said the audiences are very engaging.
“The last show we played up here was at three20south, and people were very interested, very glued to us,” Nowacyk said. “There’s a lot of people in this county who have been dying to see us again. (Bell’s) parents haven’t seen us play since 2010 because we haven’t played here. It’s a good chance for our families to see us play.
“We want to promote this genre because not a lot of people listen to it.”