Tetrarch Guitarist Rowe Brings Fresh Sound To Buffalo
Some places have a history of music. Buffalo has its roots in blues and jazz. Nashville has country and early rock ‘n’ roll. Seattle has the grunge music. Atlanta is traditionally the home of hip hop and rhythm and blues.
Sometimes, all it takes is for one band to emerge with a sound and a look and a new identity is born. Atlanta just may have that with the heavy-driving bass, the quasi-industrial sound, and the growling vocals of Tetrarch. Oh, and the foursome includes the guitar prowess of Atlanta-born Diamond Rowe.
Rowe is not the traditional face of metal guitar. This young woman breaks not only the gender wall but the race perceptions of the metal scene as well.
“I have always been the weird one,” Rowe said.
Growing up with hip hop all around, Rowe said she was fortunate to have an older friend in middle school that introduced her to rock music, and it all kind of spiraled from there.
“She was listening to these bands, Nirvana, Pearl Jam. She was a good friend so I just thought, ‘I have to give it a listen to see what it’s all about,'” she said.
That was all it took.
From that point, Rowe was learning guitar and listening to bands like Metallica and Korn, loving the sound.
“I never put that guitar down,” she said. “I knew what it was that I wanted to do from that point on.”
Growing up in Atlanta as a young woman of color, Rowe said she was welcomed with open arms, for the most part, in the metal scene.
“There really wasn’t a pushback, per se,” she said. “I mean, my brother would give me hassles about it but, it was really pretty easy to get into the scene.”
Rowe said she has even been approached by people in the Atlanta Hip Hop scene to record with them.
It was through that kind of acceptance that she has been able to learn what it means to have a drive, to succeed.
“You know, you can talk yourself out of anything when you focus on what can go wrong,” she said. “I knew that I was different (in the scene). But I knew wanted to play and knew what I wanted to be. You just have to pick up what you want to do and be the best you can be.
“Differences will make you stand out, but making people see who you are despite those differences is what makes you a success,” she continued. “I knew I was different but others took notice because of my style.”
Her band, Tetrarch, is on a headline tour in support of their 2017 release, “Freak.” The album has garnered a level of success that continues to ramp up and excite Rowe and her bandmates.
“Well, we really weren’t 100-percent sure what to expect when we put the album out,” she said. “Of course, we had goals to achieve with it but, we really didn’t have that all-in push like you would from a label.”
Tetrarch have seen the steps of musical success materialize before them as they achieve the previous climb.
“We put out info to see if we could get some of the metal music magazines interested,” Rowe said. “OK, that worked a bit. Now, let’s see what we can do with tours. Then it was radio play. We have been able to get our songs on Sirius XM’s Octane. Everytime we think a cycle is done, a new one starts.”
Rowe will be on stage with her band, Tetrarch, at Buffalo Iron Works, on Tuesday. There is a $10 admission and the show starts at 8 p.m.