A local group of young rock musicians is getting a boost from an unlikely source: Huntington Beach metal icons, Avenged Sevenfold.
Orange County band Un D Vided, founded by 13-year-old drummer Harley deWinter, specializes in a brand of classic-style rock in the vein of Pat Benatar and Heart--Not exactly the kind of band you would expect to be kindred spirits with a group who got their start playing metal core.
But it seems young Harley had something director Wayne Isham, who is helming the forthcoming a7x video for the song "So Far Away," liked.
(Isham has been referred to as the James Cameron of video production for his epic visualizations for bands ranging from Metallica and Motley Crue to Whitney Houston. Still don't know who he is? Ever see the video for "Enter Sandman?")
According to young Harley's father, David deWinter, who manages Un D Vided, the video will be a docudrama with Harley playing a7x's late drummer, Jimmy "the Rev" Sullivan as a junior high student. "It's going to be about Jimmy's life," says deWinter, who explains his son was a fan of Sullivan's technical playing style long before he was cast in the video. DeWinter further explains Harley has been playing drums seriously for the past year and a half under the tutelage of local jazz aficionado Evan Stone.
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Representatives for the band declined to comment on the forthcoming video, citing the fact that it's still in the editing stages. DeWinter did say that M. Shadows of a7x announced at a recent show the band has seen a rough cut of the video and mentioned it was emotionally difficult to watch. Sullivan passed away in December 2009 due to a combination of factors including drug intoxication and an enlarged heart.
Un D Vided will be playing a show at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano with Major F & Dealio on May 7. "They gave us 100 tickets to sell. We've sold 150," exclaims deWinter.
Visit Un D Vided's website at www.undvided.com.