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Five part band Generator is scheduled to return to Estacada for a live show in February

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: GENERATOR - Generator is Bob Merritt on guitar and vocals, Gordon Hermanson on guitar and vocals, Rex Baker on bass and vocals, John Garcia on percussion and vocals and Eric Lawrence on keyboard and vocals.

Portland-based band Generator strives to bring audiences five part vocal harmonies and dynamic new songs.

The group, which consists of Bob Merritt on guitar and vocals, Gordon Hermanson on guitar and vocals, Rex Baker on bass and vocals, John Garcia on percussion and vocals and Eric Lawrence on keyboard and vocals, will come to Estacada on Saturday, Feb. 17, to play at the Viewpoint Restaurant and Lounge.

The Estacada News interviewed Baker about the band, their live shows and the group's dynamic.

ESTACADA NEWS: How did Generator get its start?

REX BAKER: Some of us were part of the Matt Kirk Band. A few years ago Matt moved, and we decided we still liked playing music together. We started a new project with brand new music.

EN: What's the band's musical style?

RB: Our tagline is that we're classy rock. We're complex, well rehearsed and really tight. Our style is a cross between Motown rock and blues with a little bit of jazz. Songs that you recognize but don't hear often is what we're shooting for.

EN: Who are some of your influences?

RB: The Temptations and Steely Dan.

EN: Have you played in Estacada before?

RB: We played at The Viewpoint in November. We love The Viewpoint. It's one of my favorite places to play. That's a big place, and there was standing room only last time.

EN: What are your thoughts on going back again?

RB: It should be a blast. We're constantly adding new music, and we're always eager to play the new songs and get that out there.

EN: What's the best part of playing with Generator?

RB: This is the funnest band I've ever played with, and I've been playing all my life. They're huge on talent with zero ego. Everybody's competent, talented and humble. We love learning new music. It's like our shiny thing.

EN: Do you have a favorite memory with the band?

RB: I couldn't pin one down. It's just been a blast every time.

EN: For you, what's the best part of being a musician?

RB: Everybody likes some kind of music. It's indigenous to the human soul. It touches people on a root, emotional and primal level. I've never met anybody who's said, "I don't like music." They might not like a certain style of music, but they like some kind of music. People's favorite memories are often related to music. People might say, when we met this was our song, or this song was playing when we did this thing.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: GENERATOR - Generator will play at The Viewpoint Restaurant and Lounge next month.

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