Nov. 14, 2002, midnight | By Josh Gottlieb-Miller | 21 years, 6 months ago

Formerly Culo Balena

Review: The experienced and talented Balena is capable of putting on a crowd-pleasing show with their easy-listen sound and well-developed lyrics. Charlotte Littlehales expert vocals and each members' individual skill allows for their precise sound. Furthermore, the laid back rockers are cool enough to establish and maintain a strong fan base. Smart and entertaining, Balena is on the rise.

Genre: Folk rock.

Band Members:
Cory Choy (Blair, senior): Guitar. Vocals. Songwriting.
Charlotte Littlehales (Blair, senior): Lead vocals. Songwriting. Piano.
Kevin Collins (Blair, senior): Bass, songwriting.
Ben Martinez (Blair, junior): Guitar, vocals.
John Escobar (Einstein, senior): Drums.
(Currently inactive) Arman Mizani (Blair, senior): Drums, piano/keyboards, back up vocals.
(Currently inactive) Griff Rees (Blair, senior): Guitar, drums.

Influences: "Everything. My dad's music turned wuss rock and pop," remarks Littlehales candidly.

History: Littlehales and Choy joined together and then decided they'd sound better as a full band.

Albums: None.

Website: None.

Best Song: All About Him.

Worst Song: Happy Birthday.

Best thing about being in a band: Charlotte Littlehales says,
"Musical experience."

Worst thing about being in a band: Littlehales says, "Conflicting goals. A lot of the time we disagree and don't have the same priorities."

Reaction from other Blair musician: "[Balena] was really together [musically]. It's not my kind of music... but I was impressed." (Ben Silsbee, Livewire)

Quotable: "There's [shows] coming up, we're starting to write new songs and I'm writing new songs and we're expanding our fan base," Collins rambles amiably.

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