The Strike to play sold out show at SCERA theater; second show added

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Provo-based band We Are The Strike has gained a large local following and is planning to release an EP in January. We Are The Strike will also perform on Oct. 26 at 9 p.m. in the SCERA theater in Orem.

Nine-piece musical group We Are The Strike has become a prominent part of the Provo music scene, gaining an incredibly supportive fan base and making quite a name for itself.

In fact, local fans are so supportive that the band’s Oct. 26 concert at the SCERA theater in Orem all but sold out before the band could even announce it.

“What happened was the SCERA theater, they posted the show on their schedule, and before we even had a chance to post about it on our Facebook page it was sold out. Almost,” Jake Justice, keyboardist for The Strike, said. “There were about 12 tickets left by the time we posted about it. And then we talked with (the theater), and we were able to do two shows; now there’s one at nine.”

The Strike is well known for its unique sound, which has been described as a blend of pop, jazz and funk.

“There are a lot of elements to that sound,” said Chris Crabb, frontman and lead vocals for The Strike. “But it definitely stems from the consistency of the members of the project who are dedicated to it. We’re very adamant about consistency.”

The band has listed Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Bruno Mars and Justin Timberlake among its influencers. The members are working on an EP that is set to be released in January or February.

“It’s really humbling to know (about) that support that we have from our friends and family and fans, and it feels really good to see all the hard work we’ve been putting into this album really pay off,” Justice said.

And The Strike isn’t going to stop here — or anytime soon.

“Everyone’s pretty committed,” Crabb said. “We’re finally to the point where we’re like, ‘Ok, let’s all move forward.’ I think everyone would consider it as a career project.”

The Strike recently performed at the 2013 Stadium of Fire, sharing the stage with both Kelly Clarkson and Carly Rae Jepsen.

Tickets for The Strike’s performance on Oct. 26 at 9 p.m. are still available and can be purchased online by visiting scera.org or by calling (801) 225-ARTS.

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