Snowboarder Shaun White will return to his band Bad Things as the rock star Olympian becomes rock star musician again after missing the podium in Sochi.
White told CBS This Morning that music evokes the same feelings in him as snowboarding.
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“I would say that music is the only thing that’s really made me feel the same, or I get the same kind of feeling out of it, as I do with sports,” he said.
It is different in some ways, though.
“Something about playing music is so amazing because I walk out on the stage with others, there’s other people performing with me. In the sports world, it’s just me going down the half-pipe alone,” he told CBS. “Music’s got the camaraderie where I’m feeding off what the other guys are doing and the singer’s jumping off the stage into the crowd and everything kind of elevates and you get that kind of feedback.”
Both activities give him positive feedback from the crowd, White said. But underscoring his role in “Bad Things” is just the power of music.
“It’s amazing, it’s an amazing thing, music ... it’s like speaking a language; it’s connecting with certain people on a certain level,” White told CBS.
The band’s website indicates they are signed with Warner Brothers.
The Wall Street Journal assessed the band as a “relative unknown”
with its SoundCloud songs getting about 100,000 plays.
Interestingly, the WSJ said, White wasn’t even featured in some of the band photos, so they’re not using the band’s most famous member to garner attention. Also in the band are singer Davis LeDuke; Jared Palomar, former Augustana bass player; Anthony Sanudo, guitarist; and drummer-vocalist Lena Zawaideh.
The band was on stage at Chicago’s Lollapalooza last year and is beginning to get some traction. In Rolling Stone’s August 2013 edition, White
talked about how important the band is to him.
"I drop everything for these guys," he told Rolling Stone. "Shoots, practice, anything I need to do. Because it's a very serious thing for us."
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