Long before Worshipper won Boston’s 2016 Rock N’ Roll Rumble and before Mellow Bravo took the Boston rock scene by storm, Billerica natives Andrew Doherty (guitar/vocals) and Dave Jarvis (drums) along with North Andover’s Erik Szyska (bass) were part of the local indie rock power trio, Codetta.
When the band originally formed, it was under the name Invercaron presented along with an original demo release, 2001’s Geneology of Loss. However, like many bands, they decided to make a name change and settled on the more renowned identity, Codetta.
With clear ties to the Lowell area, Codetta was frequently found rocking the upstairs at Evo’s on Middle Street (a popular but now defunct venue located at the present day Smokehouse Tavern). While capturing the ears and hearts of the early 2000’s scene with their live shows and demos, it was Codetta’s 2004 full length Fake the Golden Age that eventually catapulted the group into the larger Boston indie rock scene.
Like many rising stars, Codetta would burn out prior to a follow up release to their acclaimed full length. A few lineup changes towards the end of the band’s was not enough to keep the magic alive; though, like a phoenix rising out of ashes, former members would eventually have an even greater impact on the Boston music scene as a whole through other outfits.
The band briefly reunited once to play 2015’s Awesome Day Fest in Allston (a show which caused a series of events that led me to meet Carissa Johnson who would go on to win the Rock N’ Roll Rumble the year after Worshipper and be crowned by Dave Jarvis himself, as all things seem to be interconnected in the music scene).
Today, you can still find the band members well integrated into the Boston music scene. Check out what the former band mates are up to these days below along with links to the Codetta catalog. (Their full length comes highly recommended) – Joel Gray
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