With their roots firmly planted in Mesa, local rock band Mimelight is on a quest to share its music with the world. You can see them next at a benefit concert for Mesa’s Paz De Cristo shelter Dec. 10 at The Underground in Mesa.
The four-piece band is made up of Jesse Palmer, drums; Mark Reyes, bass; Dion DiDomenico, lead guitar and backup vocals; and Clifton Peotter, rhythm guitar and lead vocals.
Having met each other through playing in different bands and in high school, Mimelight came together after another musical project had fallen apart. The guys didn’t know exactly what they wanted to do; they just knew they wanted to make music together and that this might be their last hurrah. The song writing, practices and shows began to be successful for the guys and eventually led to them playing direct support for Rescue The Future at the Marquee Theater. They released their self-produced EP on Dec. 5.
Here Peotter tells more:
Q: Tell us about your new EP.
A: The new EP is called “The Last Days,” which is actually the last song. It is basically a rock album that has some hard rock and slow jams. For right now, we do not have any physical copies. People can purchase the EP through Amazon, iTunes or digital download cards that are available at our shows. You can also listen to it for free on Spotify, Pandora or iHeart Radio, places like that. We do have a couple of songs that you can stream from our Bandcamp page or our Facebook page. The price, I think, across the board is a little under $5 — it’s like $4.95.
Q: Why is Mimelight choosing Paz De Cristo shelter in Mesa as a charity to help?
A: Our bassist’s — Mark Reyes’— father, who works in the police force, does volunteer work down there and he kind of has a background of what they need and the struggle that the people there face. It is also right next to downtown Mesa, and we all kind of grew up and hang out around there so we want to give back to that part of the community.
Q: What can people expect at the Dec. 10 concert?
A: We will be opening for local pop-punk band We Still Dream. All the proceeds are being donated to Paz De Cristo. The event will definitely have a concert feeling to it but is still open to all ages. We will be playing a mix of our own material and Christmas songs.
Q: What’s Mimelight’s dream gig?
A: Our dream gig would probably be to perform at the Nile Theater in Mesa. Obviously, we would love to do a world tour someday, and my personal dream would be to tour the country and share our music. We recently had the opportunity to play at the Marquee, so that was a dream come true for us. I think the next big dream that we have is to get out of the state and start touring around the country, and sharing our music with other people.
Q: What are your day jobs?
A: We are just normal people. I mean, we are a little older than most of the teenagers that are in bands at this point. I have a wife, a child and a second one on the way. Mark has a wife and a little newborn baby, and our drummer has a wife, and they are expecting their first child now. We all just work our day jobs; we work in marketing, we work in banking, we work in pest control. You know, some of us are still trying to go to school, finish up our bachelor’s degree.
• Nicole Schwab, a junior at the ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, is an intern for the East Valley Tribune. Contact her at (480) 898-6514 or email@example.com.