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Young Band Leader Isn't Afraid to Rock Out [Video]

Claire Traynor and her band Radio/Silence are in a national battle of the bands contest.

When it comes to music, Claire Traynor isn’t a typical teenager.

The 15-year-old Wayne Hills sophomore is the guitarist, singer, and front woman of Radio/Silence, a local rock band. And, unlike a lot of her friends and classmates, she still buys compact discs and cassette tapes.

“I don’t know what it is. There’s just something about having something physical in your hand to hold,” Traynor said. “There’s artwork too. Its about more than just the music.”

Traynor’s band is one of the more than 100 bands in the Best Teen Rock Band in America contest. The National Association of Music Merchants sponsors the annual contest. The band will go to Walt Disney World in California and perform in the national finals if it finishes in the top six in the online contest. Voting ends this week.

The winner of that competition will go to Germany to compete against bands from Europe.

Traynor, a self-taught guitar player and songwriter, started teaching herself the instrument one day two years ago after listening to Nirvana. She used to play the trumpet when she was younger but never joined the school band or marching band.

“I just walked past my dad’s guitar and just picked it up one day and started teaching myself,” Traynor said.

The members of Radio/Silence have a wide range of musical interests, which has helped define their style of play.

“We all have diverse musical tastes. I’m into 90s alternative and garage rock, our drummer is into is more into hardcore rock. It’s a mix of genres really,” Traynor said. “But that’s really neat because the bottom line is we all love music so much.”

The band performed at the recent charity Rock 4 Food charity concert. The band has played at Wayne Day and other local community festivals and events.

Being on stage, Traynor said, can be a little nerve wracking at first but that passes quickly.

“You get the energy of the crowd and you just get comfortable on stage eventually and feed off of the audience’s energy,” Traynor said. “It’s an amazing feeling.”

For more information on Radio/Silence, or to vote for the band in the competition, click here.

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Linda Demarest November 27, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Thank you so much for featuring Claire and Radio Silence. My son Sean Demarest is one of the guitar players in the band with Claire. They and the rest of the band have worked very hard to be named best teen band in America. Superstorm Sandy cause more then just physical and property damage. This teen band lost almost two weeks of voting time. I'm encouraging your readers to vote daily for Radio Silence from now to Nov 30 at www.schooljamusa.com/bands/2012/radio-silence
Donna Donatacci November 28, 2012 at 02:01 AM
Thanks so much for your support of Claire and Radio Silence. It's wonderful to see such community support. Donna Donatacci (mother of Ryan Donatacci Radio Silence drummer)
Ryan Donatacci November 28, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Great article, thanks for supporting the band!
Chris Traynor November 28, 2012 at 03:49 PM
GOOD CITIZENS OF WAYNE: (Bad citizens or those considering "breaking bad" in the future can skip this "call to action" and instead seek less noble pursuits) I will not cheapen historic examples of citizens disregarding their own safety by banding together to fight the dark objectives of a brutal invading force (like, say, how brave citizens in the hamlets across France did once to form a heroic para-military resistance effort to regain their sovereign liberty from the Nazi's) but this URGENT NEED TO VOTE for a teen rock band IS JUST EXACTLY LIKE THAT! Claire Traynor, and her astonishing bandmates in RADIO SILENCE (Sean, Ryan, Joe & Ben), have worked so hard to write/record 3 strong songs with a new sound (go to www.schooljamusa.com, type RADIO SILENCE in the search box to view/hear their blend of 90's alternative framed with a Cali-funk/punk groove). Claire Traynor is my daughter ... my good-hearted 15-year old rocker girl. Tons of practice & performance and so I want to help her musical dreams become a reality; including this one-time chance to be the BEST TEEN ROCK BAND (USA). As semi-finalists, they are just 1 out of 105 bands who've met/passed every challenge the Judges/Governing Body of NAMM have unleashed BUT SUPERSTORM SANDY STOLE 12 DAYS (out of 30) from them during the critical public voting phase, so unlucky, THIS TOWN CAN FIX IT! Just 3 days left; PLEASE go to the above site, quickly register & VOTE EVERY DAY! Flood Wayne with RADIO SILENCE rock!

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