Members of the band Event Horizon are about to take one big step for band-kind -- they're hitting the road for their first tour as headliners.
Their Western swing brings them to Kamikazes in Ogden on March 30.
Lead singer John Clark and bassist Craig Podell say they are excited to be going out on the road. The group, which was enjoying its final days at home in Mahopac, N.Y., before hitting the road, also includes Parke O'Leary on drums, Mars Vendz on guitar, and Andrew Salamone handling keyboards.
"When I found out we were doing this extensive tour, I was excited, of course -- and maybe a little skeptical," said Clark. "I hoped everything pans out. But mostly, I feel just joy to be doing it."
The band first came together in high school in Mahopac.
"Some of us have been friends going back to first grade," said Clark. "The rest, since, like, sixth or seventh. I guess we were all in separate bands at one point. When those bands dismembered, we combined to make this one."
Clark said they weren't eyeing each other with a specific sound in mind when they formed. It was more about finding people who could play, and then seeing what they could do.
"Our sound is rock 'n' roll with our own unique push to it," Salamone said. "All of our ideas come together for the sound, and that is what makes us Event Horizon."
Added Clark: "It is rooted in eclectic rock. All other types of music we listen to incorporates into the music, to keep us excited and enjoying the music. But essentially, we are a rock band."
The band members agree that classic rock bands like The Beatles and Led Zeppelin helped shape them.
Clark mentions the Red Hot Chili Peppers as one of the current bands he likes now, too. Salamone likes the funk of The Meters, as well as the grit of The Black Keys. Podell points to The Mars Volta as a current favorite, and Pink Floyd for historical influence.
The band will have a self-titled EP on the road with them.
"These are five songs we've played since the beginning," said Podell. "We have worked on and perfected these songs, playing them together. We're trying to get them out to the masses."
Event Horizon has previously ventured out on extensive tours in support of other bands, and has developed a hot spot or two. One is Saginaw, Mich.
"The people there were really excited to have us there," Clark said. "They were really soaking it all up, wanted to hang out with us after.
"If we get a chance on our way back, I'd like to stop there again. It's been my favorite show of the band's history. I hope we get one that good in Utah."