|Directed by||:||Ron Shelton||Produced by||:||Bill Gerber, Steve Richards||Starring||:||Morgan Freeman, Tommy Lee Jones, Rene Russo||Production company||:||Entertainment One||Country||:||United States|
Work In Progress: Just Getting Started
When thinking of an iconic way to end 2017, nothing could top this achievement: back to back sold out nights at The Stone Pony. This legendary music venue has hosted so many music legends over the years, putting Asbury Park on the map. You might be asking yourself, “Who had the pleasure of closing out the year?” The answer is Work In Progress.
New Jersey natives who could not have been more grateful to hold that slat. I had the pleasure of sitting down with all six of the band members, including a household name many of you may recognize from the hit show, Stranger Things, Gaten Matarazzo. Only having a couple months of practice and jam time under their belts, they are certainly already professionals with their eye on the prize; making music they love to perform.
Upon walking into the green room, they all had an energy I hadn’t experienced in quite some time. Working in this business, you see many bands come through town who have been doing this for years, and are at times jaded to how cool it is. I must admit, it was so refreshing to see how excited they were to be sharing their talents with their fans. After all, they’ve only been doing this for a short period of time (however, their live set would never show it, as they are already pros on the stage). I was already excited to be there, but their energy made the interview go so smooth as they were ready and eager to tell me a little bit about themselves. Note: we decided to conduct this conversation in group style, as I really got to know a lot more about what these awesome talents had to offer.
Work In Progress are not just friends, some are family! Members Gaten (lead vocals), Sabrina (lead vocals), and Carmen (drums and vocals) are brothers and sister, however don’t get it twisted; they aren’t the “modern day Partridge Family” as we all laughed in the dressing room. And of course, they are joined by Matt (bass and vocals), Griffin (lead guitar and vocals), and Chad (rhythm guitar, vocals). Going into this interview with an open mind, I asked them all to go around the room and tell me a bit about themselves. To my surprise, each member has many talents, and they all sing! I asked them ahead of time who is usually the one to “speak” on behalf of the band, and they all laughed and pointed at Gaten. However, they all let me in on their musical voyage, eagerly and openly.