When seniors Tyler Shuford and Alec Johnson decided to start their band, “Bleed the Victim”, in July of 2010, they never imagined just how far they would go in their music careers. With Johnson on the guitar as well as the mic and Shuford on lead guitar, the boys have traveled all over Kansas to play their music.
“Music is our life,” says Shuford. “Everyone and their mothers love it.”
Classified as heavy metal, Shuford and Johnson have already written about eight of their own songs. “Take No Prisoners” is one of the first songs written by the boys, and “A Reach from Beyond” is a fan favorite.
They play two to three times a month, mostly in Kansas City or at the Granada in Lawrence, and can make up to $100 for each gig.
“It’s the lifestyle,” said Johnson. “Music and getting to meet other bands, that’s what’s cool about it.”
Of course, practice makes perfect. Shuford and Johnson meet twice a week at Johnson’s house to practice their songs and get ready for the next big gig.
They recently attended the Black Friday Blowout at the Granada this past November and will be playing in Topeka at The Goose Again bar on 29th street on Dec. 15.
“It’s a good thing to make music,” says Johnson. “Come check us out!”