The Force is With Them

MossEisley is young and talented. Will that be enough to keep these four siblings and the boy next door away from the music industry's dark side?


The members of MossEisley never wanted this. Growing up around BrewTones, listening to the bands that came through talk about their labels and the music industry in general, they didn't think it was for them--signing with a label, working with a manager. They were happy just to make music for music's sake, like they did when they were living in the sticks and playing with dirt.

"We were very, very surprised to find such nice people in the business," Sherri says, referring to the support team that has joined the band in these past few months. "Because we'd hear, like, horror stories from our friends." She lowers her voice, remembering those tales of woe: "'Labels suck.'"

Even though MossEisley found a label that didn't suck, the band still acts as if it's just another band from Tyler, not a group that is set to release its major-label debut (a six-song EP, Laughing City) in March, not a band that is about to tour with Coldplay. They don't hold any of it over anyone's head.

From top: Chauntelle DuPree strings the crowd along at Trees; Jonathan Wilson, left, and Weston DuPree share a rhythm-section secret during Radiant's set; Sherri DuPree makes sure her guitar is still working; and Stacy DuPree tries to hear herself sing.
Mark Graham
From top: Chauntelle DuPree strings the crowd along at Trees; Jonathan Wilson, left, and Weston DuPree share a rhythm-section secret during Radiant's set; Sherri DuPree makes sure her guitar is still working; and Stacy DuPree tries to hear herself sing.
Chauntelle DuPree bursts her sister Sherri's bubble, as their dad, Boyd, looks on.
Mark Graham
Chauntelle DuPree bursts her sister Sherri's bubble, as their dad, Boyd, looks on.

"We've kind of been finding out who our real friends are," Chauntelle explains. "We haven't been telling anybody, really--except for our close friends--that we're opening for Coldplay. We don't wanna come off like we're arrogant or anything."

"There's been friends that weren't really friends, like, trying to talk to us more," Sherri says.

There will probably be much more of that in the near future. Kids get jealous, and since that's what the members of MossEisley are, they're bound to run into more than a little of that. They, of course, know this. For now, it's all exciting, all an adventure. Their future lies before them, golden and glistening. That has nothing to do with hit records or being on MTV or making money or hanging around rock stars. It's about the same things as it has always been, as Chauntelle says, "family and fun and hanging out and music."

"Everything's been positive right now," Chauntelle says. "I don't think there's anything we're not looking forward to, or hoping to avoid or anything like that. I mean, I'm sure there's always things that can come up, but so far, it seems like there's nothing in the way right now."

If only it can stay that way.

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