Burst of Silence touching all bases

Sound check

April 11, 1991|By Nestor Aparicio | Nestor Aparicio,Evening Sun Staff

Being the son of Baltimore's second favorite shortstop certainly hasn't hurt singer Rob Belanger and his band Burst of Silence.

But whatever you do, don't ask him for ID to prove who he is.

"Yeah," he says, "Mark Belanger is my dad, and I'm not going to prove it."

What you can ask him to prove is how good his band is getting and where it's playing next.

Burst of Silence, an alternative rock 'n' roll band that mixes covers with several original tunes, has been anything but quiet about getting its name around the town, playing various weekend shows just about anywhere an audience can be found.

Tomorrow the band plays at Max's On Broadway and Saturday it will be in Frederick at Donnelly's.

"We're working hard, writing songs and looking to get some attention from record companies," Belanger said. "In that respect we're probably not very different from most other bands around Baltimore."

The band already has one five-song cassette of originals it sells at its concerts and plans to go back into the studio next month to record a four-song demo to shop to record companies in search of a national deal.

"We've been really lucky because most of the places we play we've been given the freedom to do as many original songs as we want," said Belanger, whose band now has about 15 fresh songs ready to perform. "But you start doing too many in a row and you'll lose the crowd. You need to do the covers well. But we've been getting requests for our own stuff more and more and some people even know the words."

Belanger said he and fellow band members Michael Watson (bass), Doug Casteen (lead guitars), Jeff Knabe (drums) and Ted Thompson (keyboards) know the next few months will decide the long-term future of the band.

"Our priority is to get signed by a label," Belanger said. "We really want to know whether our stuff has what it takes. We're going in head first to see if the opportunity is going to be there for us."

But there's one question left. What does Dad think of all of this rock 'n' roll?

"He's probably one of our biggest fans," Belanger said. "He said just the other day that he told a friend that he and Mom are our two biggest groupies. As matter of fact he'll probably be at Max's on Friday. He says, 'Oh, you're playing there? I like that place.'

"He'll probably be in the back of the room bouncing around somewhere."


The concert calendar . . .

Also coming to Max's, the Pawns (Saturday), Wayne Toups and Zydecajun (Sunday), The Sway reunion (April 19-20 and 26-27), Fairport Convention (April 29) and An Emotional Fish (May 8).

Freddie Jackson and En Vogue perform two shows at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall Sunday.

Performing at the Sanctuary are the Pawns (tonight), Moment of Silence (Wednesday), Honor Among Thieves (April 18), Ten Times Big (April 24) and Extended Image (April 25).

The Righteous Brothers perform at Towson Center (Wednesday). The Oak Ridge Boys are also scheduled at the center (April 28).

Hammerjacks hosts Todd Rundgren (Saturday), Enuff Z'Nuff and Child's Play (April 19), The Fixx (April 26), Gene Loves Jezebel (April 28), Cheap Trick (April 29), Steelheart (May 2), The Alarm (May 3), and Foghat, The Outlaws, Blue Cheer, Badfinger and Leslie West (May 6).

The Capital Centre hosts Guns N Roses (June 19).

Shriver Hall has Billy Bragg (April 25).

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