"This is a song about a kid who gets way too much attention for his own good," said Draco and the Malfoys co-frontman Brian Ross, before leading the audience in a sing-along to"My Dad is Rich (and Your Dad is Dead)."
That "kid" is Harry Potter. With author JK Rowling's series breeding a generation of wannabe wizards, it makes sense that a wizard rock band or two would pop up. Brothers Paul and Joe DeGeorge, have become the founding brothers of wizard rock after combining efforts as the co-Harrys of rock band Harry and the Potters. Bands Draco and the Malfoys, the Whomping Willows, Ginny and the Heartbreakers and Dobby and the House Elves soon followed. The Potters stopped in Boise last week with Draco and the Malfoys for a performance at the Community Benefits house where they were met by a crowd of 50 or so scenesters and Potter-heads.
Ross and Bradley Mehlenbacher (also brothers) opened the show with their take on Harry's schoolyard antagonist Draco Malfoy's point of view. Their intense looks and proper use of a cowbell provided a great backdrop to songs such as "Party Like You're Evil" and the crowd favorite, "99 Death Eaters (Go By)."
The Harrys performed in matching collared shirts and Gryffindor-colored ties; the Malfoys wore Slytherin colors. This would have been the ideal show for anyone with an attention deficit, since about half the songs were only 30 seconds long. Their opening song, which consisted of Joe repeating "Harry, Harry, Harry, Harry, Harry Potter!" at varying speeds, as well as their ode to awkward first dates, "The Human Hosepipe," were endearing to say the least and most of the crowd knew lyrics to at least several of the songs especially "Save Ginny Weasley."
The Boise show marked the 47th state these brothers have played in their four-year gig and they hope to ride the Potter craze as long as possible. What was just a joke between the colorblind, Massachusetts-born brothers has developed into something these boys never imagined.
"Paul tried to start the band with some of his hipster friends, but they were not into it. They were too cool to do that," said Joe, the Potters' keyboardist, saxophonist and co-vocalist.
Since Paul and Joe had both been in bands before, they figured they might as well try a brother act, where they had co-ownership of playing the wizard protagonist. The boys began writing songs about the first four books that had been published, and played for small groups of friends. It wasn't until the release of Rowling's fifth book that they went public with their music.
"We recorded our first album in time to release it along with the book. We played some shows around bookstores near where we lived," said Joe, "and people would [ask us to play] kids' birthday parties and stuff like that."
Joe summed up the success of Harry and the Potters as "outrageous." As for the popularity of Harry Potter after the series' conclusion, he feels confident the public will continue to embrace the Boy Who Lived.