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Blame The Deacon: Living in the 90’s

With inspiration from Smashing Pumpkins and the Foo Fighters, the band has written music about relationships in Rexburg and the culture around it.

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By Julia Brunette

Blame The Deacon is living in the 90’s with their alternative rock style. For about a year the band has been performing and bringing rock to Rexburg, ID.

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With inspiration from Smashing Pumpkins and the Foo Fighters, the band has written music about relationships in Rexburg and the culture around it. Their recent single “NCMO” explains a common phenomenon that happens in town.

“This is going to sound bad, but I wrote ‘NCMO’ on my mission,” said Jarett Maughan, the lead singer for the band. “But I didn’t have the lyrics. So I wrote the music, guitar and everything. When I got home from my mission, that’s when I discovered Mutual. And then I wrote lyrics about it.” 

They describe their sound to be more alternative and heavy. They also have fun covering other popular songs from the 90s and early 2000s.

Lead singer Jarett Maughan
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Easton Millet is a singer and guitarist for the band. He explains that the band can also get a little metal sometimes with their sound.

“I think we do have a unique sound,” Millet said. “And with our original songs, we really like it because it’s a good amount of humor that pokes fun at the church that we’re all members of, while still being comedic enough to actually be funny to people outside of the church as well. It’s good for everyone.”

That religious current runs through their entire band identity. Allan Zieber, the drummer for the band, explained that he inspired the band’s name.

“Just because of personal experiences I’ve had in my young men’s group,” Zieber said. “They would always blame everything that went wrong on the deacons. So that’s where I got it from.”

All of the band agreed that their favorite part about the band is interacting with the people in the crowd. Jacob Orona, the bassist for the band said that the best part is seeing people smile.

Bassist Jacob Orona
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“I’d say the biggest thing for me is seeing people smile and have a good time,” Orona said. “And realizing we’re helping with that. So I think that’s probably the best part for me.”

“I think the best part for me, has been when we perform and people will sing our songs back at us while we’re performing,” Millet said. “These are lyrics that Jarett or I wrote. It’s awesome. It’s such a cool feeling.”

Blame the Deacon is working on performing more local shows and writing more original content. They are currently working on getting a full album out. Until then, follow them on Instagram and stream “NCMO” below!

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