Twilight Choir refuses to fade into the night

Ty Fansler sings and screams passionate vocals during the band´s debut performance at Dioko Coffee Company Feb. 21. Twilight Choir is modeled after the members´ favorite band, At The Drive In.

Ty Fansler sings and screams passionate vocals during the band´s debut performance at Dioko Coffee Company Feb. 21. Twilight Choir is modeled after the members´ favorite band, At The Drive In.

David Haut

They took the stage.

Within seconds of their introduction, the musicians transformed from lifeless statues into a jumping, screaming adrenaline-filled stage show.

“Even if you don’t like our music, it’s still fun to watch,” said Ty Fansler, 21, Miami, the front man for Twilight Choir. “We put on a show.”

Twilight Choir made its stage debut at Dioko Coffee Company, with more than 200 people in attendance.

Fansler screamed and jumped, his body convulsed with raw emotion, his facial features disguised behind his long, dark hair. Blood drips slowly from his nose, he doesn’t know the reason, but he’s oblivious. His focus is on the music.

Drummer David Jamison, 22, Miami, beat swiftly on his drums, never missing a beat, perfectly in sync with his cohorts.

Matt Scally, 22, Miami, blasted his guitar while maintaining a cool confidence, his actions became more and more intense with every chord he played.

“We come together very well,” said bass player Ivan Medrano, 21, Miami.

Medrano arrived just three days prior to the Dioko performance.

Molded after its favorite band, At the Drive-In, Twilight Choir sings, shouts and screams to a beat not familiar to the serene coffee shop environment.

The band originated in Miami, Fla., playing under the name Jen Dark. Fansler, an Oklahoma native, joined the band a year ago.

After conflicts within the band, Fansler decided to return home, with or without the other members of Jen Dark.

“Ty was like, ‘I’m going back. If you guys want to come too, that’s fine,'” Medrano said. “We said, ‘okay.'”

The band made the move, ironically from Miami, Fla., to Miami, Okla. Fansler returned last summer, followed by Scally in August and Jamison in October.

Currently, the band plans to play as many venues as possible.

“We want to make an impact,” Medrano said. “That’s my goal.”

They would like to tour with a large band but plan to start small.

In the next two months, the band plans to have merchandise available and record a demo.

Twilight Choir’s next show is 7 p.m. Saturday at East Newton High School. The band will play at 7 p.m. April 17, at the URT-Rock Venue in Joplin. and then they will appear April 24 at the Cesspool. All three shows came from word of mouth following their Dioko debut.

Screams and yells echoed as the band stopped playing, each of the performers drained. Their instruments silent, Fansler’s microphone lay on the ground, disconnected from its power source and dented from the chaos on stage. They were all out of breath.

As the lights and instruments faded on their debut performance, the band felt this was only the beginning of their musical careers, the dawn of Twilight Choir.