A band of Redlands high schoolers seems to be on the fast track to fame.
The teenagers, calling themselves Half & Half, were discovered on their first professional performance by talent scouts and now they're booked at the House of Blues in Anaheim and the Whisky a Go Go on the Sunset Strip.
Members are Harrison Fakas on drums, Alex Watkins on vocals and saxophone, Aric Perez on bass, Ben Purper on guitar. Emily "Lucille" Lopez will be joining on keyboards and vocal harmony.
Aric, Alex and Ben are seniors at Redlands East Valley High School.
The group initially got together in January as part of a seven-member ska band.
In March -- just in time for REV's Battle of the Bands -- the four guys created Half & Half.
"We pretty much just went from down here to up here," said Fakas, 19, the only REV alumnus in the group, a 2011 graduate.
Half & Half played some local parties and both RHS and REV's Battles of the Bands, but its performance three weeks ago at Chain Reaction in Anaheim launched the band.
On Sept. 28, Half & Half played at The Wire in Upland.
A talent scout from Whisky a Go Go sent the band an invitation accompanied by a list of dates to choose from.
Whisky a Go Go is famous for launching careers - The Ramones, Blondie, Nirvana, Motley Crue, Talking Heads, The Police, and the Doors, who started as the Whisky's house band - is running through the Redlands teens' minds.
"My future plans are to get signed, get on the radio, play Coachella," said Fakas.
But being faced with possible success at this age means making some choices as well.
"It's a tricky thing for us three, because college is a path we could take too," said Alex.
Ben, who has been playing guitar since he was 8, has plans to go to the University of Southern California, but says if this is his future, right now, he's in.
"All of our families are really supportive," he said.
Aric has a heck of a Plan B.
"I want to go to college to become a neurologist, but if this works out, I'll do this," he said.
Half & Half describes its genre as alternative rock, but not completely.
"There's ska infused rock," said Aric. "Each song is just different."
"You never know what's coming next," said Alex.
They have seven songs, all originals. They also do cover songs, but they say they don't like to.
Fakas wrote "Hold the Phone," which he says is the most commercial of their pieces.
And Ben and Alex collaborated on the band's only ballad, "These Falls."
Alex, the lyricist for "These Falls," wrote the song about his relationship with his dad.
"It kind of sounds like a weird break-up song," he said.
The lyrics say, "I know things don't go all the ways that they should, but that doesn't mean I don't care anymore."
"The message is kind of like, `I'm trying to do my own thing, and you're in my way."' Alex said the song and the band in general have broken down a wall in his relationship with his father. "It's made us friendlier. He's really supportive."
The Chain Reaction concert is also where the House of Blues booking came from. Half & Half will perform at the Downtown Disney venue Oct. 16 - a school night - at 6:30 p.m.