DES MOINES REGISTER
MEET THE BAND: TEDDY BOYS
by: joe lawler
Who: Joel Sires (guitar, vocals), Harper Sires (guitar,vocals), Dylan Sires (guitar,vocals), Devin Ferguson (bass,vocals), Graham Howland (drums,vocals)
Hear them: myspace.com/theteddyboys
Influences: The Beatles, Big Star, The Strokes
See them: 6 p.m. Friday Aug 28th at the Vaudeville Mews, 212 Fourth St.
Their story: The Teddy Boys started five years ago when Harper Sires' punk band split. Looking for other musicians, he started teaching guitar to his younger brother, Joel, and cousin Dylan. The Sires recruited friends Devan Ferguson and Graham Howland, and the band began performing and recording.
The band released its first album, "Love After Dark," in 2007 on the Minneapolis-based The Tyros Label. Joel was happy with the positive press the album attracted from Web sites like cokemachineglow.com."It wasn't just our friends saying 'That's awesome,'" Joel said. "They didn't benefit from liking it, they just liked it. Those type of moments keep you going after five years."
Early next year the band plans to release a follow-up album. They've already recorded 40 songs, and are in the process of choosing which songs make the final cut. They hope to find a label to release the album, then go on tour to support it.
"I'm excited to have a record out that's really good, not one where I think 'I hope they don't listen to track five,'" Joel said. "It's all there and I'm proud of everything on it."
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