Widescreen Edition poised to make it big

Bobbi Sistrunk

Anyone intimately involved with the local music scene has heard of them.

The Widescreen Edition has already impressed music lovers from New York to Maine. But a recent appearance as the opening act for the popular band Lifehouse at Memorial Hall in Plymouth added a whole new group of fans of this talented foursome.

“It’s really hard to label our sound,” 19-year-old Plymouthean Gordon Walters said.

Walters, who plays bass along with glockenspiel and synthetic effects processor, said the band’s beginnings were innocent enough. Lifelong friend Shane Prescott, 20, of Raynham, who is currently the band’s drummer/percussionist said, somewhat tongue-in-cheek, that they should start a band after they attended an event at Agape Chapel in Raynham.

“He said, ‘Hey, lets start a band,’ and that’s what we did,” Walters said.

Prescott is a self-taught musician whose love for music began at an early age. His grandfather was a drummer.

Walters wasn’t really interested in music. He said he never listened to it and had no passion for it. But when two friends wanted to start a band and needed a bass player, he dove in headfirst. He credits friend Rick O’Neil for teaching him to play bass.

“He’s the reason I’m the type of musician I am today,” Walters said. “He taught music theory and composition first, then bass. I loved it so much I learned everything about it.”

With drums and bass established, they needed to find a guitarist.

Through a sort of divine intervention, the two friends would eventually hook up with Norwell guitarist Matt Johnson and play the Plymouth music scene as a threesome.

Johnson, whose father played guitar, began his love affair with music at an early age. He said he always knew he wanted to be a musician.

“I started recording when I was 13. I knew what I wanted and said I’m not going to stop until I get it. This is my life-long desire. Our music has a sellable quality to it,” he said.

Prescott briefly left the band, but that departure set up another meeting that would lead to the current incarnation of The Widescreen Edition. A temporary drummer introduced the remaining band mates to keyboardist and back-up vocalist Kyle Prouty, 19, a Carver musician.

Walters said the original songs they wrote always had parts for more than just three musicians, and Prouty’s sound filled a much-needed void.