RGV Sounds: Brother-Sister Brownsville Duo Rock With Covers
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BROWNSVILLE, TX (KVEO) – Family is a big deal for a lot of people, and creating something together can be a very rewarding experience.
The Rio Grande Valley is full of family businesses such as restaurants, auto shops, and other stores. But for Emily and Julian Lerma, their business is a music group where they can play some of their favorite music for the local crowds.
The Lermas, who call themselves Dark Entrance, have been a band together since the age of 8 and 6 in 2015. Emily, the oldest, takes care of the drums and bass, while Julian plays the guitar. and sing for the duo.
Both are part of the MusiK Studio in Brownsville and have previously attended Little Mozart’s Music Academy in Brownsville. These institutions teach music to children and give them the opportunity to perform in various recitals.
“They teach us how to play songs and I practice drumming techniques,” Emily said. “Right now I’m working on learning to read music and better coordinate hands and feet. “
Emily, now 14, says she started playing the drums while watching one of the academy teachers play the instrument. Since then she has focused on keeping the beat on the rhythm section.
Julian, 12, was drawn to the sound of the guitar and found the instrument fun to play.
Since its formation, Dark Entrance has performed at numerous events and venues in the Brownsville area.
The duo have performed at Ice House Bar and Grill, Broken Sprocket, a Brownsville Firefighters Christmas Party, several recitals with their program, and more.
Julian even had the chance to play a guitar rendition of the Star Spangled Banner during the Brownsville Fire Department’s September 11, 2019 commemorative bike ride.
In 2020, the Lermas were included in the city of Brownsville’s Rock the Fourth virtual event, where they advised residents to wear masks and stay safe before playing the Beatles song “Come Together”.
Part of the reason Dark Entrance got the chance to play some of these events is because of their father’s connections.
Roy Lerma is a firefighter for the Brownsville Fire Department and involves his children in many city events.
He is also the inspiration behind some of the music Dark Entrance chooses to cover.
The duo’s favorite songs to perform include “Afterlife” by Avenged Sevenfold, “Toxicity” by System of a Down, “Electric Worry” by Clutch and everything from Breaking Benjamin.
Julian especially enjoys hard rock and although Emily also enjoys this type of music, she also listens to musicals with her favorite being. Hamilton.
The pair sometimes become a threesome when Emily’s best friend, Josaleen, who sometimes sings the lead voice of the group.
“She’s kind of an unofficial member right now,” Emily said. “I want to add her to the group because she is a very good singer.”
Both express their interest in continuing to play music. Julian says he worked on writing original music for the band, which they will hopefully be able to compose in the future.
The brother-sister combo can’t wait to perform live again soon. They are scheduled to perform at MusiK Studio’s Brownsville Rocktoberfest event in October.
You can watch Dark Entrance videos on Youtube.
The Rio Grande Valley is full of musical talent that deserves to be exhibited. If you know of a musician or band that should be featured on RGV Sounds, send an email to [email protected]