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Local band PointSeven gains notice with talent and youth

PointSeven, from left: guitarist and vocalist CJ Jones, 14; drummer Ryan Slayton, 16; and bassist Colby Grant, 16. The trio has a new EP, “Prescription.”
PointSeven, from left: guitarist and vocalist CJ Jones, 14; drummer Ryan Slayton, 16; and bassist Colby Grant, 16. The trio has a new EP, “Prescription.” lkiser@herald-leader.com

Afternoon light bounces off a drum set as music reverberates around the blue walls of a small room.

Drummer Ryan Slayton, 16, twirls the drumsticks between his fingers, maintaining his focus. Bass player Colby Grant, 16, alternates his weight between his feet as he lightly bounces side to side in rhythm with the song. And the frame of frontman CJ Jones, 14, grows as he steps up to the microphone.

Despite their age, the trio of PointSeven has made some noise locally with some prominent gigs and a new EP, “Prescription.” The guys come to the band with several years of musical experience.

Colby and CJ had been in two bands together before forming PointSeven, and Ryan came along after the other two had to leave their last band and needed a drummer.

Ryan had been in another band for almost a year but had little experience before that.

He switched to percussion in fifth grade after playing the cello and trumpet.

Percussion has always kind of been my thing since then. It’s pretty much all I do, you know there’s like eat, sleep, school and drums and that’s it.

Ryan Slayton, 16, PointSeven drummer

“Percussion has always kind of been my thing since then,” Ryan said. “It’s pretty much all I do. You know there’s like eat, sleep, school and drums, and that’s it.”

CJ said his interest in music began about age 9, when he got into singing, and Colby said he knew he always liked music and tried the violin and the trumpet before settling on the bass guitar.

“I just really wanted to play the bass guitar, and it’s kind of funny, because I didn’t know what the bass guitar was; I didn’t know the distinction,” Colby said.

PointSeven has had a handful of Lexington-area performances, at the city’s Fourth of July festivities and at First Friday Berea, but it also has played at the Hard Rock Café in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., and The Underground in Cincinnati.

More recently, they performed at RobFest in Shelbyville, a festival to support adolescent suicide awareness and prevention.

“Prescription” was released June 10 and has five original songs.

Colby and CJ said the EP is important in getting their music out.

“It’s better to keep people’s attention in short bursts,” CJ said of the short album.

The three of them said the band’s name comes from a mythological and biblical fascination with the number seven.

“In my opinion, it’s the most odd prime number,” CJ said.

While the name of the band came with relative ease and fascination, deciding what to call its genre of music is still a bit up in the air.

They identified a few possibilities — rock, modern rock, progressive rock — but theysoon agreed that perhaps no set style existed for their original songs, and it mostly depended on whatever was floating around CJ’s head.

For PointSeven, a defining characteristic, and a hurdle at times, has been the members’ ages.

They said they’re used to people at their shows underestimating their talents and abilities.

Shelia Jones, CJ’s mom and PointSeven’s merchandise manager, said that has been common at their performances, but they’ve consistently proved people wrong.

“Usually when they see them take the stage, what happens is they look up there and see these kids, they think, ‘Oh boy, here we go,’ but that happens consistently ... and then usually by the end of the first song, their mouths have dropped open a little bit,” she said.

Colby recalled a few times when people came to their merchandise tables after shows and told him the band was better than expected.

The members of PointSeven are determined to continue with their music.

CJ said the ban plans to put out new material fairly soon, either an EP or an album.

Colby said he looks forward to playing more gigs and that they have a few coming up, including Lakeside Live on Aug. 20.

Ryan enjoys putting out albums and gaining recognition, but that’s not what drives him.

“I just like to play,” he said. “So we could just go around and play, and I’d be totally fine.”

Andrew Henderson: 859-231-3424, @a_henderson1864.

Local music

PointSeven

Upcoming shows

▪  6 p.m. Aug. 6. Big Hair HQ, 79 Southport Dr. 859-475-3425.

▪  6 p.m. Aug. 20. Lakeside Live, 161 Lexington Green Circle. Lexgreenlakeside.com.

Online: Pointsevenband.com.

Music: Available at Willis Music, 130 W. Tiverton Way; online at CD Baby, Amazon, Spotify, and iTunes.

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