You might not know the band, but you probably know the music.
That’s kind of the way members of Tesla like it.
“There are no gimmicks, just a rock ’n’ roll band,” said Troy Luccketta, the band’s drummer and one of its four original members. “I don’t even know that many people know who we are when it comes down to it... We’re not a super-presence.”
Loyal fans – and the band’s fans are definitely loyal – might argue differently.
But even those who aren’t familiar with Tesla and its 25-year legacy likely know enough to sing along to hits, such as “Love Song,”“The Way It Is,”“Signs,” “What U Give,” “Modern Day Cowboy” (featured on the “Guitar Hero” video game) and others.
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“A lot of our fans are probably people that have grown up with us.We’ve got people that have stayed with us,” Luccketta said. “They come out, and their kids come out. “We’ve also got young, new audiences. I see a lot of kids coming out, discovering the band and the music.”
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The band first formed as City Kidd in 1984 in California and was renamed Tesla during the recording of its first album, 1986’s “Mechanical Resonance.”
Known as heavy metal at the beginning, Tesla strayed from that genre in the 1980s, avoiding the glam rock theatrics and image that was popular at the time.
“We never got glammed out,” Luccketta said.
The band describes its music as more melodic with “down to earth appeal.”
“The fact that we’ve endured and sustained a career this long is probably due to the fact that we’ve just built it strictly on the music,” Luccketta said. “We’re always known as a no-frills band, jeans and T-shirts. We’re still a rock ’n’ roll band. Today, we’re like a classic rock band.”
The band’s latest album “Twisted Wires,” features a couple of unreleased songs as well as the final recordings of the original lineup with former guitarist Tommy Skeoch from 2005. It also includes some acoustic tracks.
“It’s a hodgepodge kind of thing,” Luccketta said. “It’s really good.”
The band, touring through September, will start writing its next album next year, he said. During the six months when the band’s not touring, members work on their own projects.
Luccketta, who has co-written several of the band’s songs, including “Into the Now,” said he never imagined when the band first formed that it would be around so long.
“There are so many songs we’ve done over the years that have done well and touched me different ways for different reasons,” he said, adding his personal favorite is probably “What You Give.”
“I guess, looking back seeing it for what it is, I’m really happy we’re still going,” he said. “It’s really been enjoyable. It’s pretty simple. We keep it simple. We get up and play music and go home.”