Band: Out of the Ashes Members: Noah Luger (guitar, vocals); Matt Kuhn (drums); Oliver Gywat (bass) Albums: Two EPs, Out of the Ashes and Dancin’ Shoes Prior Gigs: I.V., SOhO, Velvet Jones, Zelos, Majestic Ventura Theatre, UCSB, CalPoly Style: “fun-lovin’ rock and roll” Influences: Mötley Crüe and Guns ’n’ Roses The Skinny: Two-time winner of The Independent’s Readers’ Poll for best unsigned band, Out of the Ashes has conquered almost every venue in Santa Barbara. Birthed four years ago when lead singer and guitarist Noah Luger started at UCSB, the band’s danceable music has attracted an audience of 15- to 25-year-olds. A sociology major and music minor at UCSB, Luger writes all the music for the group — currently playing a mix of more than 50 songs that utilize both acoustic and electric guitar. Songs such as “Let’s Get the Party Started” and “Dancin’ Shoes” feature rock music with an energetic dance groove. But the band also posts a number of ballads including “As the Water,” which parallels drowning in the sea and floundering in love. Out of the Ashes is currently recording and working on a record contract, hoping to expand its touring to the entire West Coast once Luger graduates this spring. “Noah is one of those people who is motivated and accomplished. He has a good work ethic,” manager Jamie Dean said. “We set out to conquer Santa Barbara and we have.” Next Gig: April 21, at the Majestic Ventura Theatre.
— Stephanie Cain