6 | FRIDAY, MARCH 31, 2017 BIG ISLAND ENTERTAINMENT SCENE | WEST HAWAII TODAY The Darkroommusic It’s not easy to attach a genre to the background, The Darkroom real band Arnold has played “It’s very different because performance aspect, but slightly different ear for and performance,” he said. “We got together to just music and get to know it turned out to be fun,” “And we still have a lot When The Darkroom first the Kona music scene they STORY music of Kona band The Darkroom. They like to call their original compositions “Next Wave.” The band is ready to rehearse at Soundwave Music in the Old Kona Industrial Area, and with the amount of equipment being set up, one would think they were ready to perform in an arena. “We are like rock fused with electronic. Like the Cars with an edge,” said frontman Dylan Kai. The eclectic group of musicians came together in 2009. Kai, a Kona native on guitar and vocals, has been playing throughout town with various bands for 20 years. He has played everything from modern alternative and classic rock to blues, metal, grunge and electronic. “As long as it feels good, I like it,” Kai responded when asked about his favorite style. Matt Panzarino, bass and backup vocals, came from New Jersey 10 years ago after playing in the punk rock band Graveyard School throughout the northeast. Lee Bennett on drums has been playing “everything, everywhere” in Kona for 20 years. Prior to moving to Kona, Bennett was based out of Florida working as a sound man for a band touring the southeast. Chris Arnold, guitar and keyboards, is the newest member of the band, joining in 2010 after moving here from Memphis, Tennessee. He comes from a family of musicians and has played “a little bit of everything.” Coming from a studio engineering AND PHOTOS BY LAURA RUMINSKI WEST HAWAII TODAY firstname.lastname@example.org ABOVE: The Darkroom frontman Dylan Kai, right, drummer Lee Bennett and LEFT: Kai sings. RIGHT: Matt Panzarino plays bass.
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