After spending August on tour and then taking a break to write new material, Ames-based rock band The Tryhards is set to deliver a unique concert experience in Creston Saturday.
The band, now comprised of three Creston natives, will hold a free concert 7 p.m. Saturday at Adams Street Espresso, 213 W. Adams St. Des Moines band Equal Parts will open the show at 7 p.m., with The Tryhards to follow.
The Tryhards played a free concert in McKinley Park in August, where they played a mixture of original material and cover songs, such as “Knocking on Heaven’s Door.”
Saturday’s performance, however, will be a stripped-down acoustic performance of all original material.
“This will be the first time [performing acoustic], which we’re actually really excited about,” said Mike Walsh, lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the band. “We’ve always wanted to play at Adams Street Espresso, and we figured in that setting having an acoustic set would work really well.”
The band is comprised of Walsh and fellow 2014 Creston High School graduate Alex Chapman on drums. Sam Ripley plays lead guitar and Creston native Kendrick Davis recently joined the band as bassist.
Chapman is currently dealing with an arm injury and has been unable to play drums recently, so he will be playing guitar during Saturday’s performance.
“It will be very different. We’ve been practicing a lot and we have the setlist down real good,” Chapman said. “I think people are going to enjoy it a lot. Some of our songs we had to adapt. Since we have three guitars, the songs have changed for this setlist. It’s something new and fresh for us and the audience.”
“The overall dynamics of our songs will be completely different, so it will seem as if all these songs are new because they’re now on acoustic,” Walsh said. “Some of the older songs people have heard before will also sound new.”
For Chapman, Saturday’s performance holds special meaning.
“That’s the first place I ever performed. I used to do open mic there about two years ago, just to kind of see if I could even perform in front of people,” he said. “It’s cool to come full circle. I remember before I was even part of the band, Mike was there promoting stuff from The Tryhards. I always enjoy playing in Creston because we get a fairly good turnout with family and friends showing up.”
Walsh, a criminal justice major at Iowa State University, said the band plans to do another summer tour this year. The band has visited a recording studio in Ames and hopes to release another EP album before the tour starts.
The Tryhards were scheduled to play at the Iowa State Fair in August, but were rained out. This year, the band hopes to play the state fair and is also looking at performing at the Minnesota and Missouri state fairs, in addition to several other larger venues.
The Tryhards music can be found on Soundcloud at soundcloud.com/thetryhards or on Spotify by searching for The Tryhards. The band’s music is also available for purchase on iTunes.
Opening act Equal Parts is an acoustic rock group based out of Des Moines.