DRUMMER BOY ROCKS
At 13, talented Daniel J Legend Miranda, of the United States of Oz, is a real-life Little Drummer Boy, turning heads wherever the band goes.
Brought together by their love of music and diversity, United States of Oz are not your average trio. For starters, the band’s drummer, Daniel J Legend Miranda, is only 13 years old.
Joined by band mates who are seven years older – American-raised frontman Steven Dalouche and New Zealand-born guitarist Jesse Murray – the three-piece set are out to showcase their allrounder nature and do their home countries proud.
Dalouche says it was a natural progression for the band to make hard-rock music.
“We all have similar interests and listen to heavier music,” he says.
“We started to experiment with sounds and whatever came up, came up. We wrote more and more and the end result doesn’t sound like one genre. It’s a bit alternative and heavier.”
While Dalouche met Miranda when the latter was seven, the singer says it was clear from the start the drummer brimmed with talent.
“He always gets the most attention,” Dalouche says.
“He’s been playing shows and going into clubs and bars since he was 10.”
United States of Oz released their debut EP, Not Afraid, in 2011 to show they weren’t worried about standing out and trying something new.
“We took a chance to show this is what we want to do,” Dalouche says.
“I have been writing new material so we are looking at another EP or album next year.”
Dalouche says he uses personal experiences as the inspiration for his lyrics.
“I’ve been through a lot of ups and downs,” he says.
“I had a kid of my own which was life-changing. And I went through a bad car accident. I almost died.”
United States of Oz, Chasing Grey, Payments In Gold, Laura Mardon and Velvet 11 play The Loft, Chevron Island, on Saturday night.
United States of Oz