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The Present Age sings for suicide prevention

The Present AGeRiver Tyrrell | The Advance-Titan

The Present Age is an indie, new wave band started by two UW Oshkosh students that takes its music to an inspirational level, playing shows to help raise money for suicide prevention and other mental illnesses. In early 2015, the two brothers Logan and Isaac Lamers started The Present Age. Before The Present Age, the brothers played under the name of New American Classic, which is inspired by the title of a Taking Back Sunday song off of the album, “Where You Want To Be.” The Lamers brothers said they are ambitious as ever with the recent release of their new EP, “You’re Everything.” Logan, vocalist and guitarist for The Present Age, said this is the band’s first release under the name The Present Age. “We wanted the album to sound as professional as possible with zero dollars,” Logan said. The five-song EP is available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon, and it is also available for streaming on Spotify. The Present Age recently released a video for their song, “What Nothing Means to Me.” Logan and Isaac’s friend Sean Steele, an Oshkosh sophomore studying information systems, filmed the video. Steele said the video shoot was very relaxed and a lot fun. “This was the first music video I have ever made, and it’s the first music video they have ever done, so we were all kind of in the same boat,” Steele said. Logan and Isaac said they are determined to grow The Present Age into something bigger in years to come. “We want to be the next generation of new wave,” Logan explained. Isaac said U2 is one of his favorite groups and has had a big influence on him musically. “We are going to be bigger than U2,” Isaac joked. Logan said the band is trying to steer clear of being labled as a certain genre. “The Present Age is under the wide umbrella of alternative rock,” Logan said. Logan said they want their music to be uplifting because something as simple as a song can make things better for a person. “Lyrically, we want our music to help people out and inspire them,” Logan said. Isaac said The Present Age wants to connect with their listeners on a personal level. “We want The Present Age to be timelessly inspirational,” Isaac said. The band is playing an event at UW-Green Bay called Jam for Cans on Nov. 5 to help gather food for a food drive. The band will also be featured at this year’s UW Oshkosh Battle of the Bands on Nov. 19 in the Reeve Memorial Union Titan Underground. The Present Age is currently working on new songs for an upcoming release. For further information, go to thepresentagemusic.com.

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The Present Age sings for suicide prevention