Working it out

Childhood friends form a band together

Alissa Perkins, Reporter

A year and a half ago, Nick Mirielli and Hunter Crawford were recording at the Darkroom Studio at Battle, the sponsor for Darkroom Records, Jordan Smith, asked the two what the name of their band was and Mirielli responded, “I don’t know, that’s in the works”.

As a placeholder, Smith wrote down “The Works”. It wasn’t supposed to stick, neither one of the boys were fond of how it sounded, but over a year and hundreds of band names later, the name had stuck and thus, The Works was born.

The band consists of four friends: Nick Mirielli, Hunter Crawford, Will Deckard, and Hayden Haller. They’ve known each other since elementary and due to this, it’s easy for each of them to work together and make music.

“It sounds cliche, but we’re like brother’s really. We’re all so similar yet have our own unique skills and traits that makes working together fun,” Mirielli explained.

On the band’s Instagram bio, they consider themselves an indie/alternative rock band out of Columbia. So far, there’s no music that’s available to the public, but the goal is to have an extended player finished by the end of the year.

Mirielli said, “We’re working on writing and recording a debut EP, and hopefully playing some live shows later this spring.”

Although the four of them have a great chemistry with one another, The Works still have its fair amount of struggles. Recently, a band member quit unexpectedly which changed the dynamic of their sound, however the boys haven’t let the hiccup stop their dreams.

“He definitely added a lot of depth to the stuff we were making and we’re sad to see him go [and] it’ll definitely take away from the amount of depth in the music.” Haller said.

Currently the band is continuing to produce new music and are going to release it through Dark Room Records. The boys are also planning to compete in Battle of the Bands which will be held at the Bluenote. If you want to keep up with them, their Instagram tag is,