By BRUCE SIWY
He’s writing and producing albums like a career musician. It’s a good start for someone who can’t yet legally drive.
Fascinated with rock ‘n’ roll since he was 7 years old, Jake Dryzal is dreaming big to make his passion his livelihood someday.
The 15-year-old Windber resident has worked the past five months to write
and record his first album under the Pallor moniker, a project he described as an experimental combination of acoustic, punk rock and heavy metal music.
“I love making music because it’s just a way to show how I feel,” he said. “And I want other people who feel the same way to appreciate it.”
Dryzal — son of Dan and Jodi Dryzal, and brother to Dana and Bradley Dryzal — has been playing guitar since he was 8 and writing music since he was 10. He is a former student of the Greater Johnstown School of Music.
For about three years he was recording under the name Blue Navy, performing at venues including Ace’s and Woodside Bar & Grill. He said he gave his new musical project a new name because the songs were a little angrier, comparing the sound to bands such as My Bloody Valentine, Suicide and American Football.
“Blue Navy is a lot softer, sad and slower in pace,” he said. “Both (projects) dealt with things I wanted to happen in life, but never came to me.”
Most of the drumming for the Pallor album was done by 20-year-old Richland Township resident Kevin Pribulsky using Acoustica Beatcraft software. There are “live” drums on only one track.
To record the guitar and bass parts for the album, Dryzal used a simple flip camcorder. He played mostly a Fender Stratocaster through a Marshall, employing mostly alternative tunings, calling them simpler and more distinctive than standard.
He said he enjoyed the experience, and hopes to grow as a musician, aspiring to eventually earn a music degree in college.
“Follow your heart,” he said. “Write what you want to write about and it will turn out amazing.”