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WE ARE STORIES

JEFF BARNUM

// bass

CRAIG BRUMFIELD

// drums

FERNI LOPEZ

// vocals, guitar

BRANDON HATCHER

// guitar

Our Story

 

We Are Stories embodies the heart and soul of rock music, with their unwavering love for music at the forefront of everything they do. While their journey as a band has just begun, it has been shaped by their individual musical backgrounds and their shared passion for making great original music.

 

Ferni Lopez, the founder of We Are Stories, embarked on his musical journey in childhood, writing lyrics and recording melodies at a young age. As a seasoned performer, Ferni has honed his skills as a songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist. He previously started two other Texas-based bands, Of Love and Justice (Houston) and Brother Sol (Austin), which made waves in their respective local music scenes. In 2012, Ferni began releasing his music as a solo artist, gaining some international recognition for his sincere and intense vocals, coupled with his ability to produce intriguing guitar sounds.

 

Craig Brumfield, the drummer of We Are Stories, has been playing music for as long as he can remember. He started with his first drum set in the 70s and played steady gigs in churches during the 80s. Craig's musical journey primarily took place in Northern California, where he played in hard rock, alternative, and blues-based bands Max’s Supper, Want for Nothing and DBA, fine tuning his drumming chops through lessons from well-known Bay Area drummer Mike Vanderhule of Y&T. After an instant connection with Ferni and the music, he became the second member of We Are Stories.

Jeff Barnum, the bassist of We Are Stories, joined the band after seeing Ferni's search for a bass player on the internet and tracking him down on Bandcamp. Although Jeff was a relatively new bass player at the time, he expanded his skills through formal lessons and performances through School of Rock. With a music background from high school and college, Jeff has become a powerhouse on the instrument, providing a solid foundation for the band's sound with his melodic bass lines, while also adding some complexity and nuance. After playing together, everything started to click, and Jeff became the third member of We Are Stories.

 

Brandon "Hatch" Hatcher, the newest addition to We Are Stories, is a seasoned guitarist with nearly 20 years of experience. He started by joining a local southern rock band as a second lead and rhythm guitarist and vocalist, before forming a successful cover band with a dedicated following. Seeking further growth, he then joined the progressive rock band Ever The Wolf, producing an album in under a year. Now, Brandon has found a new musical home with We Are Stories, where he shares a strong connection with the other members and is excited about what the future holds.

 

Together, We Are Stories are not content with playing it safe, but instead constantly strive to push the envelope and create something unique and meaningful. With Ferni Lopez's heartfelt vocals and songwriting, Craig Brumfield's driving drum beats, Jeff Barnum's powering bass lines, and Brandon Hatcher's masterful guitar work, We Are Stories are aiming to make an indelible mark on the rock music landscape with their unique sound.

- GM

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