GALLERY: Rare Americans – CBC Plaza, July 11th, 2019

Rare Americans 

CBC Plaza


Rare Americans brought a fast paced pop-punk experience to the CBC Plaza on Thursday, energizing the crowd, and gaining new fans in the process.

For a band that has only been around since August of 2018, Rare Americans sure have packed a lot into their short existence. Formed by brothers Jared and James Priester and guitarist Lubo Ivan, the band have already recorded one album, and have a tour of the UK under their collective belts (kicking off in my birthplace, Leicester, of all places).

Whilst Jared is part of the songwriting team he leaves the performing to James and Lubo. Along with a band of talented musicians they lit up the CBC Plaza this lunchtime with a show which was a little more edgy than most in the CBC’s great Musical Nooners series.

Given the audience, the boys managed to produce a more “PG” show than their recorded music would suggest, but it lost none of the edge.  With an eclectic background in musical tastes spanning everything form hip hop to death metal, the band have a sound which seems to call at one point or another on a number of genres.  There are definite undertones of The Offspring, and even Eminem, in their music, short, sharp songs that are culled from their collective life experience.

It was a fun, energetic hour, the only thing missing was the death metal polka, something that the band joked about, but really has to happen 😊

Go listen to the band, and keep tabs on their schedule at their website –

Check out our images from the show

Photos: Stewart Johnstone