There is only one member of his band that lead singer, chief songwriter and frontman Nate Schierman has a problem ordering around – his father.
But that’s what you have to expect when you recruit your old man to join your rock group.
“It’s always weird when I have to say, ‘Dad, let’s try that vocal part again, you didn’t quite get it,’” Schierman, 23, said.
Schierman grew up playing music with his father, Ron Schierman, and friend Ron Greene until they all left the church they were attending in a messy split. The three didn’t reunite as a band until four years later, when Nate Schierman got a record deal on Seattle’s Innovative Studios.
When it came time for Schierman to hire a backup band, his dad, 44, and Greene, 36, were on the top of the list. The drummer/producer for The Side Project, 19-year-old Joe Varela, joined in the spring and the Nate Schierman Band was complete.
Aside from the awkward moments of role reversal, and having a built-in afterparty chaperone, Schierman said he considers himself fortunate to be touring with his dad.
“This might sound corny, but there are times when we’re not on stage, when we’re not practicing, we’re just on the road, and I’ll think, ‘I’m next to my dad and we’re living out our dreams together. How cool is that?’” Schierman said.
The Nate Schierman Band is throwing a CD release block party tonight at 6 p.m. in front of the Coeur d’Alene Brewing Co., 209 W. Lakeside, in Coeur d’Alene. Funk-rock and hip-hop band Mellefluent opens the free, all-ages show and a beer garden is available with ID.
The new EP, “Inspire,” brings a fresh serving of the Nate Schierman Band’s brand of acoustic pop alternative.
This is Schierman’s second album on Innovative Studios. He was signed after the label’s owner’s wife saw him perform a solo set at Coeur d’Alene Casino.
Given his Christian background, Schierman is quick to clarify that his band doesn’t play worship rock, though his lyrical content does touch on spirituality.
“I’m still all about the Lord. I’m not so against religion that I become religious about not being religious; I just don’t make Christian music,” he said.
A fixture in Coeur d’Alene, the Nate Schierman Band also tours extensively around the Northwest and California. Its following is so strong in Sacramento, the band will host a separate CD release party there in two weeks.