Alpha Punks
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Alpha Punks

Georgetown, Texas, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2012 | SELF

Georgetown, Texas, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2012
Band Rock Hard Rock


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"East View graduates rock on together"

Hometown band talks music and performing

With four band members now attending three different universities across the state, you won’t find Alpha Punks performing at your favorite hangout every weekend during the school year. But this summer they played two shows at Sidewinders on Red River St. in Austin, where they also filmed their first music video.

Band founder and lead singer Francis Nieves and Alpha Punks band members Porter Kalka and Karina Ortega all hail from the first graduating class of East View High School (2014). Newcomer Derek Sanchez, as Porter humorously points out, is an outsider. “Yeah, I just kind of showed up one day,” Derek jokes. It’s not unusual for a band to gain and lose musicians. (Ever hear of the 5th Beatle?) In fact, the name Alpha Punks was chosen by a band member who’s no longer with the group. The musician left, but the name stuck. After Porter became the Alpha Punks’ drummer, other band members came and went, until Karina came along.

Francis, Porter, and Karina knew each other through East View’s marching band program, so they already had a love for music when they joined forces as Alpha Punks. Karina admits to being a rigid performer on stage. “Through music, I learned more about communicating, which is something I’ve always had trouble with. Being in a band provides the perfect challenges and environment to improve yourself and your skills,” she says. “Having kind and patient bandmates helps, too.” They set out just to have fun and play the best music they could until Francis realized they had some really great talent: “I remember thinking, ‘We might be able to really do something. We might be able to be a little more serious about this.’” Getting serious involved getting actual gigs. Alpha Punks played at Red Eyed Fly before its name changed to Sidewinders. In Georgetown, they performed at Roots Bistro and at the 2014 Red Poppy Festival. East View High School has been supportive of its own. Alpha Punks has performed for band and choir parties and the Sparkler Spring Show.

The group plays covers from rock albums ranging from the seventies to more recent years, but Bowling for Soup and Blink 182 are favorite bands. Alpha Punks also performs original songs, which Francis describes as a “new take on the old rock styles like metal, hard rock, and pop punk.” Francis and Porter collaborate on the music. As composer, Porter adds structure and flow elements to their music, while Francis writes the lyrics. Francis and Porter enjoy creating the songs, but the whole band agrees nothing beats playing together onstage. Porter says, “It’s great to play live because it’s such a different experience.” “As frontman,” Francis says, “I decide the energy output, but it’s also in the music as well! We purposely write the music so people can get moving. Our main goal is to give the audience a great show!” Francis loves performing, and he’d like the opportunity to play for a big crowd. Derek agrees: “It would be very cool to play any festival in Austin, like SXSW or ACL.” - Georgetown View Magazine





The Alpha Punks was founded by Francis Nieves in 2010 while he was a freshman in High School. A year later Jon Kalka, joined the band as the drummer, and the rest was history when Karina Ortega joined as the new bassist, and Derek Sanchez as the new guitarist.

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