Coachella kids

On a bill with Prince, Rilo Kiley and Death Cab For Cutie, Austin Sherman ’12 and Evan Stanley ’12 performed with their band Jupiter’s Ring at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

Coachella is a three-day festival held in Indio, Calif. The event features many genres of music, including alternative rock, hip-hop and electronica. The band played eight songs in their set on April 26.

“It’s amazing. I used to just play in my room, and now I’m playing at Coachella,” guitarist Stanley said.

There are six members in this relatively new band. It started with Sherman, Stanley and Adam Haagen (Windward ’13), who all took piano lessons from the same teacher.

The band’s name came from Haagen, the keyboard player who kept his five year-old promise to himself that if he ever had a band, it would be named Jupiter’s Ring.

The band’s sound has an alternative rock feel, but with “a little bit of everything,” Sherman said. All of their songs are a collaborative effort,  and are influenced by bands such as the Iggy Pop & The Stooges, Jack Johnson and Radiohead.

The band has already played at venues such as the Roxy and Whisky a Go Go and the boys have also created a myspace website.

To prepare for their performances, they practice almost every day for three to four hours at a time.