By JOHN BENSON
Getting Makayla Dawn bassist-singer Mike Schneider to describe the Youngstown-based band isn’t easy.
“We’re a hard-rock group,” said Schneider, a 1993 Austintown Fitch High School graduate. “We’ve been told we’re reminiscent of a ’70s rock band, a little bit more modern, I suppose, but has the same kind of feel. Usually we get categorized as a ’70s rock kind of thing. If I tried to classify it, I suppose it would be more of a Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath. Recently we got compared to Metallica, but they’re heavier than we are.”
Though classic rock comes to mind, Schneider’s insists the band possesses a modern edge. So is it stoner rock?
“I think it’s a little bit more progressive than stoner rock,” Schneider said. Soon, hard-rock fans will get a chance to decide for themselves when the trio — Schneider, John Sawtelle (guitars, vocals) and Tim Boyd (drums) — releases its debut effort, which it hopes to record soon and have out by late summer. The band plans on playing some new material at its Saturday show at The Firehouse in Youngstown.
“We don’t sing about normal, everyday crap,” said Schneider, who left the act for a few years due to personal issues but returned early last year. “We try to keep everything more deeper in thought. Among our new songs are ‘Left Behind,’ which is kind of mellow but also upbeat. It’s a good moving song. And then we have ‘Life in the Mirror,’ which is really just a good, straight rock song. That’s got a classic rock style. And the covers we do, we try to rearrange and give them more of our flair.”