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Brotality performs at Creation Music Festival

By Joseph Abraham - sports and life editor

By: Photo by Dee Maopolski
From left, Brotality's Bryce Maopolski, Liam Fenton and Reece Maopolski performing at Creation Northeast Music Festival -- the largest Christian music festival in the nation -- this past weekend.
SHIRLEYSBURG (Pa.) -- Brotality, a local Christian metal band featuring Sullivan West rising senior Bryce Maopolski, his brother Reece (rising 10th grader) and Clark Summit native Liam Fenton (rising eighth grader), was on the big stage again this past weekend, performing at the 2019 Creation Northeast Music Festival in Shirleysburg, Pa.
Creation Northeast Music Festival is the largest Christian music festival in the country.
Brotality, who formed in March 2018, has played the Hard Rock Cafe in Philadelphia, Pa. and at the Judas Priest and Deep Purple concerts at Bethel Woods.
This weekend's gig was the largest crowd they've performed in front of.
But they weren't intimidated by the moment.
“We don't get super nervous before any gigs,” Bryce explained. “We were just super excited to play.”
“The whole experience was amazing,” he added. “A lot of our favorite bands were there.”
The band noted that as soon as they arrived, ten people came right over to help them with their equipment.
“Everybody was so helpful and there was a great vibe,” they said.
The event served as a learning experience for the group.
“We learned how festivals worked, how things operated backstage, changing between sets and how amazing everything was surrounding the festival,” Reece said.
Bryce added that they learned about marketing and promoting their band, and handed out a lot of flyers.
Since their inception, Brotality has released two EPs which are available on all the popular music sites. They will be hitting the studio again in August in Hawley, Pa.
The group's success is due in part to how well they blend as a unit. All three bandmates want to study music when they attend college.
“We just click,” Bryce said. “We'll just be messing around during practice and it clicks together. There's perfect chemistry. After a song ends, we all have the same feedback and know what to change.”
At the end of the day, it's the group's faith that's at the center of everything.
“Everything we do evolves around God so it's not hard to put it into our music,” Bryce said.
Want to check out Brotality for yourself? Well you're in luck. The trio is performing tomorrow night at Central Park in Honesdale. The event is free and from 6-8 p.m.
Also, Brotality is returning to Philadelphia's Hard Rock Cafe on July 28, and will be performing at Porchfest in Callicoon on Woodstock Anniversary weekend. Info on all Brotality's concert dates can be found on the group's social media pages (Facebook, Instagram and YouTube).

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