If you want to find the hardest rocking family band in the truest sense of the word, look no further than New Jersey’s RocknRoll Hi-Fives.
Comprised of parents Joe and Gloree Centeno and their progeny Eilee, aged fifteen, and Evren, aged thirteen, the RocknRoll Hi-Fives are the newest family rockers to break onto the scene. And while hardly a brand new act, the Hi-Fives released their third EP titled “the Beat the Sound the Dragon’s Roar” on Little Dickman Records in late 2016 and have a full LP “Re-Introducing the RocknRoll Hi- Fives” coming out April 2018.
Joe spent much of the mid-to-late 90s touring the country in one of the most forward thinking guitar-based indie rock bands this writer has ever seen. Plug Spark Sanjay was a whirlwind of distortion, volume, passion and action, and many people placed their bets on their being the next great New Jersey rock band to break on to the national scene. However, as it tends to with all of us, Joe’s growing family had to take the front seat of his life while Plug Spark Sanjay became an afterthought. As Joe and Gloree welcomed their first child into the world daughter Eilee – they became full-time parents and Joe became a very part time rock and roller.
However, the gregarious Joe wouldn’t let something like having to worry about raising a family get in his way of rocking. In fact, whereas many rockers see having children as a reason to give up on their rock and roll dreams, Joe saw just the opposite. In his family Joe saw just the pieces he needed to start his own band.
The band’s grin-inducing moniker dates to before they were even a proper band. When Eilee was only a few years old Joe asked his daughter what they should name their band, should they ever start one. Eilee answered fast and sure, “The Rock-n-Roll Hi-Fives, dad.” From there it was performing very loosely at school assemblies, local parks and just about wherever the father/daughter duo might be able to set their gear up.
As the kids grew older, the band expanded as Evren began taking drum lessons and Gloree took to learning the bass, thus fully forming the RocknRoll Hi-Fives. The RocknRoll HiFives are honing in on their sound which is fast, snotty, fun, loud and filled with positive energy.
With Eilee singing lead vocals and creating sounds from her Theremin, Evren manning the drums, Gloree holding it down on bass and Joe shredding on lead guitar and backing vocals, the RocknRoll HiFives are more than gimmick. They’re a great band with great songs and a wild live show.
The RocknRoll HiFives are influenced by a mixed bag of rock n roll, indie rock, noise, punk and super heroes. Music from the Beatles, Superchunk, Guided by Voices as well as the Ramones, Blondie, Joan Jett and Slade with the awesomeness of Evel Knievel and Spiderman.
The RocknRoll HiFives enjoy sharing their love for music and proving that you’re never too old (or too young) to rock out.