Local Artist of the Week - Nemesis Theory

Local Artist of the Week

Name: Nemesis Theory

Members: Tom Wilson, lead vocals; Larry DeMumbrum, drums; Mike Streicher, bass guitar and vocals; Joe Guevara, lead and rhythm guitars, vocals; Todd Scow, lead and rhythm guitars, vocals

Active since: 2003

Hometown: McHenry area

Web site: www.nemesistheory.com

Upcoming Shows: 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Bambino’s Bar & Grill, 1266 N. Main St., McHenry; Feb. 13, part of a benefit for Haiti, Mulligan’s Saloon, 2616 Schaid Court, McHenry; 9:30 p.m. Feb. 20, Jimmy V’s Sports Bar & Grill, 816 Grand Ave., Ingleside

How did you get started in music?

Mike Streicher: Well, each of us has been involved with different bands for the last 15 or 20 years.

Explain how the band got its name.

As we were forming, we somehow got on the topic of astronomy and I said that my grandfather had worked on some science projects. There’s this theory that there is a sister star out there that might disrupt comets or asteroids into our solar system. And the project he worked on was called Nemesis Theory. One of the other guys said, “Hey, that sounds like a cool name.”

Describe the music you play.

We play hard rock and metal, classic hard rock and metal from the ’70s, well, mostly ’80s, and some modern stuff.

What makes your act different?

The intensity and passion we try to bring to everything we do. Our committment comes through our performances.

What is your favorite song?

We were talking about this the other day. “Last in Line” by Ronnie James Dio seems to hit the most with crowds when we play it.

Discuss the best concert you’ve ever seen.

In terms of precision, a Rush concert or the most recent Dream Theater concert I saw. For showmanship, the last Kiss show I saw, with all the pyrotechnics and lights and everything.

Pick one: Chuck Berry or Elvis Presley? Chuck Berry

The Beatles or The Stones? The Beatles

Michael Jackson or Madonna? Michael Jackson

What is the best thing about being a musician?

The satisfaction we get while playing these songs. And, really, converting people on the spot. Not everyone likes the kind of music we play, and that’s OK. But when they come in not liking this music, but end up liking what we do, it’s great.

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