“I’m a senior-level electrical engineering scholar at UC, and I play bass guitar for a tough rock band known as Expensive Agony,” is the brief reply Will Dentino offers when requested to speak about himself.
He disregarded that his band has greater than 40,000 month-to-month listeners on Spotify and almost 600,000 streams on their hottest tune. In 2019, that they had 54.6 hours of whole streaming in 77 international locations.
Dentino and his associates began Expensive Agony their sophomore yr at Milford Excessive Faculty. It started with Dentino as bass guitarist and his two associates as lead singer and rhythm guitarist.
“Ultimately, we picked up one other guitarist, and switched drummers, then switched drummers once more, then we switched drummers a fourth time, misplaced a guitarist, however principally it’s been simply guys that we’ve gone to highschool with that have been both concerned within the band or the marching band,” mentioned Dentino.
One among Dentino’s favourite experiences together with his band was performing in his hometown of Milford, Ohio.
The band carried out at Bocca Billiard. They have been one of many ultimate artists to play earlier than it shut down just a few years in the past. That evening, Expensive Agony opened for Crimson Solar Rising, a band that since has gained recognition – virtually 300,000 month-to-month listeners – with hits like “The Otherside” and “Impassive.”
“It made for an enormous present,” mentioned Dentino. “That evening was the primary time it felt like we have been an enormous rock band with a complete massive crowd of excited individuals.”
Dentino feedback that his band has most likely carried out at the least as soon as at each Cincinnati venue, such because the Madison in Covington, Kentucky, and Thompson Home in Newport, Kentucky.
Dentino says the steadiness between engineering faculty and the band is hard. “Now we have to attempt to get issues carried out over the weekend or in the summertime with my faculty and Co-op schedule,” mentioned Dentino.
COVID-19 has helped the group get into tip-top form with their songwriting.
“Since there are only a few gigs proper now, we’re actually simply attempting to deal with writing new materials, selling ourselves, attempting to domesticate a extra skilled picture, and simply work on what we are able to whereas reveals aren’t as massive as a factor,” mentioned Dentino.
Dentino says that though quarantining is a bummer, “It offers us so many probabilities to work on stuff within the studio. You possibly can’t actually go wherever else, you would possibly as nicely sit at residence and write some music,” mentioned Dentino.
The band plans to launch two new singles within the upcoming months, and plan to launch acoustic variations of a few of their songs. They’re additionally placing collectively a model new album and have already been contacted by just a few file labels.