Gritty, upbeat brotherhood

By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal

Like a mad scientist, Bric Repult has crafted the sound of his rock band, 69 Model. Band members, all sporting their unique sounds and influences, have come and gone – all amicably – over the years, and Repult has remained the constant.
Now, though, the rocker says he’s found the perfect mix for the perfect rock band.
He found musicians he also considers his brothers, and musicians whose sounds complement and strengthen his own.
This, Repult says, is the best line-up of 69 Model.
“I don’t only play with these guys – we’re friends, too. We share the same sense of humor. It’s more of a brotherhood, a family,” Repult said. “And, musically, we geehaw.”

New styles
On board with Repult are Terry Harris and brothers Graham and Jordan Howard. Basically, members of the rock band Fairlane and 69 Model joined together to create the new 69 Model.
“It just works,” Repult said. “Musically, we were on the same page.”
Repult said he especially enjoys the sounds he creates with Graham.
“He brings a certain element to it,” he said. “His style of picking – he can pick anything. It fits good with what I’m coming from.”
Repult brings in the metal, 80s-style rock vibe, while Graham works in a grunge style.
The new 69 Model sound is heavier, more rocking, the guys said, but it’s still got a pop sensibility.
“It’s a happy Southern grunge sound. It’s a lot more fun,” Repult said. “It’s gritty and upbeat.”
The Southern edge is definitely in the music, too. More than anything else, 69 Model is a Mississippi band.
“That’s who we are, that’s how we were raised,” Harris said. “Why deny that?”

In the works
69 Model’s music is all original, with a few fun covers thrown in.
“We play our own music, and that’s what we take the most pride in,” Repult said. “People like it.”
69 Model will go into the studio later this year to record a new CD, and then hopes to tour behind it. For now, the band is playing locally, and so far, crowds have responded well to the new line-up and meatier sound.
“We had a great response at GumTree (Festival),” Graham said.
Repult said he hopes this will be the most successful incarnation of the group.
“Their goals are the same as mine,” Repult said. “They want to take this –”
“– as far as we can,” Harris finished.

Hear’em
Who: 69 Model, The Bad Hand
When: 8:30 p.m.
Where: Woody’s, Tupelo
Cost: $5
Info.: (662) 840-0460