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Plebians rock coffee shop tonight

Nov. 6, 1998

BY JON WALLACE

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Jon_Wallace@baylor.edu

The Plebeians, a Dallas-based band with Baylor roots, play their unique blend of rock at 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Common Grounds.

The Plebians play a very original and interesting blend of pop music inspired by traditional songwriters such as Neil Young. The band combines elements of rock with diverse and widespread sounds reminiscent of early U2 records.

'Our music is headed in a more rootsy-Texas rock direction now,' guitarist/vocalist Greg Vanderpool said. 'We're a real song-oriented band, focusing more on the songs and song writing.'

Comprised of Vanderpool, guitarist/vocalist Stephen Patrick Collins, bassist Paul Cundari and drummer Roberto Sanchez, the Plebeians have been playing around Texas for almost a year now with their current lineup of musicians. Vanderpool and Collins originally began playing together when they formed the Plebeian Monarchs in 1991. They have been playing and writing together ever since.

The band played shows with regional and local Dallas bands such as David Garza, Jackopierce, Pop Poppins and Wakeland. They have also appeared on local Dallas radio show 'Texas Tapes' sponsored by Dallas radio station Q102.

They recently dropped the 'Monarchs' to become simply The Plebeians.

The band currently has a record deal with Dallas-based independent label, Carpe Diem Records, and their self-titled debut album is out in stores. A new album is expected to be out by February.

Vanderpool and Collins both graduated from Baylor, Vanderpool in 1997 and Collins in 1996. This makes their performance Saturday at Common Grounds a special homecoming for them.

Though the band tends to crank up their amplifiers and rock live, Saturday's performance will be a bit more basic and intimate.

'The Common Grounds show will be real stripped down,' Vanderpool said. 'It'll give the audience a chance to hear the songs with acoustic guitars and in their most simple form.'

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