Photograph By: Sierra Raine White
Entrancing melodies and heartfelt lyrics are part of what makes the San Diego quartet, Keyes, stand apart. They pride themselves on staying true to themselves and playing music that is real, which comes across in every song they play.
Hitting the scene with their first release in 2011, Kyle Allen (vocals/guitar), Ian Alvarez (guitar), and Danny T. Penwell (drums) have worked tirelessly to produce quality music and to add to their ever growing fan base. For their first EP “Therefore/Without” they enlisted Paul Parks and Michael Schlereth to record and mix/master. When it was time to follow up that EP, Casey Bates (A Skylit Drive, Memphis May Fire, Pierce The Veil) was brought in to mix/master “Wandermere” in 2014. After building a friendship with Bates, Keyes was ready to work with him again when they teamed up with Tragic Hero label mates Wearing Thin to record a split EP which will be out in 2016.
Keyes was eager to hit the road after releasing their EP’s. They’ve toured the west coast with Matthew Fitzpatrick of My Iron Lung (Pure Noise Records) and have also toured the southwest with Captives (Ronald Records).
In 2015, Keyes caught the eye of Tragic Hero President, Tommy LaCombe and both agreed working together would be a good fit. Allen explains, “Aside from growing up and loving the Tragic Hero roster, we had heard nothing but good things from friends who had worked with Tommy. Tragic Hero sounds like and will hopefully be the beginning of great things to come for Keyes”.
Keyes split EP with Wearing Thin will be released in early 2016 and the band plans to announce new tour dates in support of their new music and will be the first time featuring their new bassist, Dominic Trujillo.