Almost at the heart of a busy city called Belize a band practices upstairs of a local pizza restaurant. They dedicate hours to what they do, perfecting their sound and making every harmony count. This band is known as The Remaining. They are currently a cover band, covering musical genres such as, but not limited to alternative rock, reggae and dancehall.
This band boasts a multi-talented 6 piece ensemble. There are 2 guitarists – Daniel Ortiz and Nick Gomez. In addition, there is also Drew Gill the bassist/ keyboardist, Cindy Burgos the violinist and Alexander Evans on drums. Lead vocals are provided by Edwina Logan and Nick Gomez. The Remaining was officially formed in the summer of 2011, with their namesake describing their story of musicians that have all played in different bands together and were essentially the ones that remained in Belize to continue their musical career.
The Remaining has performed at various local events such as the Belize City Street Art Festival hosted by ICA (Institute of Creative Arts) and the Belize Music Award’s After-bash show. They have been invited several times to perform on Channel Five’s Open Your Eyes Television Show and Belizean To Da Bone’s The Link Belize Show.
They have organized several rock concerts at Thirsty Thursday’s Restaurant and Bar, which has helped to launch themselves on to the musical scene. Their audiences have ranged from young kids, young adults, older folks and more recently teenagers from various high schools in Belize City in Jenko Veli’s Black Guayabera Tour. The Remaining have since been performing with local artists Jenko Veli and Nello Player through 2012 helping them to bring spread the their music which is a symbol of patriotism in Belize.
Even though The Remaining’s main genre is alternative, they refuse to be constricted to such musical limitations. This can be seen with the local Belizean artists that they have worked with such as Jenko Veli, Nello-Player, Blak Berry, Leslie “Bastic” Jenkins, Mistah Geeh, Denise Castillo, Ernestine Carballo, Tricia Gabourel, Melonie Gillett, Channelle Parks, Jackie Castillo, and fellow rock bands Echoes, Verge of Umbra and Ascenthium. These guys even got to meet popular Jamaican artist, Konshens, earlier in 2013.
“We want to be set apart from the stereotypical rock band image. We’re flexible and creative with whatever song we are asked to cover. Every single one of our members has something to bring to the table.” – Cindy Burgos. On a regular night of practice Alex can be found not only behind the drums but directing and arranging music for the others to play. Daniel Ortiz, a fast learner, perfects his solos and plays them as if you were hearing the original track. Leon and Edwina take this approach as well when they practice their vocals. Drew Gill often can be found grooving on a catchy bass line or behind the keyboard filling in intricate melodies. Cindy, on the violin, is like the cherry on their cake, adding that extra something that makes the band unique and intriguing to watch live on stage.
Although The Remaining is one of Belize’s upcoming bands, their main goal is to be set apart from the rest, not just as a rock band, but a band that takes full advantage of the talent of each of its members; a band that gives an amazing performance both visually and musically. In the near future the band plans to work on original songs and hopefully record them. For now, they continue their passion – music.