The scene: a high school cafeteria
Two freshmen idle through a non-descript meal between occasional inane comments. Then, inspiration strikes.
“Tristan, do you know what would be cool?”
“Being in a band.”
“Yeah, we’re a band.”
And so began the odyssey which led to Beryl Court.
Matt Hackney (drums/vocals) and Tristan Bugenis (acoustic guitar/bass/lead vocals) started the adventure in 2001 as struggling…and by that we mean bad…musicians learning their instruments. Other faces participated with different band roles under different band names but the two stayed together honing both instrumental as well as song writing skills.
The name Beryl Court debuted in 2005 playing as a 3-piece.
In 2008, inspiration struck again and they asked Alexander Buxton (lead guitar/vocals) to expand the band with his magic fingers dancing across the frets of his guitar adding a new dimension of sound. They rocked along learning more about performing, writing and technique.
The final piece fell into place in Jan, 2010 when Thomas “Taco” Canto (bass/guitar/vocals) stepped into the fray a week before a show when a vacancy opened in the band. He learned the set and made his debut in front of an audience making him look like an old pro.
The four work hard at putting the Beryl Court spin on any cover tunes performed but work even harder at crafting original music. Sometimes the melodies surface first, sometimes the words. Sometimes they work alone, sometimes conjoined but in the end the band comes together adding their individual style to create tunes with a unique feel. Using this process, they have melded the resonance of melodic acoustic with the bounce of pop joined by the rhythm of classic rock and tossed in the drive of metal to create one defining sound – Liquid Rock.
Beryl Court has made a steady push upwards in the music ranks going from garage-noise to a sought after performance band as comfortable in the intimate setting of acoustic sets in a tiny karaoke bar to music venues and private parties throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area to large festival and event stages. They are now entering the world of travel and hope to venture out into the world…or for now, other parts of Texas…doing something cool like being in a band.