Back in May, the students of the Aaron O'Keefe music school took a day trip to the Starstruck Recording Studios of Reba McEntire in Nashville, Tennessee, and laid down some truly incredible covers of Judas Priest. With the shreddage turned up to eleven, the young kids ripped off Priest's "Painkiller" and "Cathedral Spires". When's the last time you saw someone rock the double-bass in a fresh pair of middle-school DC's? Or better yet, jump to the 2:37 mark and watch Joe Hubbell tear into a Judas Priest guitar solo while wearing a Led Zeppelin shirt and sporting what looks like a Metallica/Ride the Lightning guitar strap.
Guitar Hero this is not. Guitar heroes? These kids definitely are. It'll make you rethink how you spent your time when you were fourteen. O'Keefe had this to say regarding the technical aspects of the session, in case you're interested in rounding up your younger brother's friends and getting a battle going:
"The vocals were recorded using a vintage AKG C12 microphone. Because we had to record 8 songs in a single day with 48 students, we had to save on setup time and record the electric guitars direct," He explains. "Joe Hubbell used a Digitech RP500 and Drew Lowry used a Vox Tonelab SE. The bass was recorded direct and we used DW drums."
Here's the instrumental breakdown:
-Thunder: Kala Scarpinski and Auggie Huber (Age 11)
- Lead Vocals: Noah Stubenrauch (Age 11)
- Drums: Tyler Rogers (Age 13)
- Rhythm Guitar: Drew Lowry (Age 14)
- Bass: Aidan Higgins (Age 15)
- Credit Sequence Vocalist: Emily Leavengood (Age 16)
- Acoustic Guitarists: Robert Doughty and Nathan Clevenger (Age 16)
- Lead Guitar: Joe Hubbell (Age 17)
That's right. Thunder. The perfect addition to any resume.