Music

A Triple Threat: New Rock Outfit, Deserter, Hits the Stage

three local musicians find ways to reinvent Chippewa Valley music scene – after their 9-to-5s

Parker Reed |

STRIKE WHILE THE IRON IS HOT. New cover rock band Deserter brings engaging entertainment to Chippewa Valley music scene, creating music after their full-time jobs and schooling. (Submitted photos)
STRIKE WHILE THE IRON IS HOT. New cover rock band Deserter brings engaging entertainment to the Chippewa Valley music scene, creating music after their full-time jobs and schooling. (Submitted photos)

Three young musicians striking while the iron is hot, pushing through adversity to pursue their next musical endeavor.

Tristan Shuttleworth, Jake Morley, and Aidan Senn make up the new three-piece rock outfit Deserter, a cover band that made its debut in Chippewa Falls in October at the Thirsty Badger.

With a name and sound entrenched in the hard rock of the 1980s with a modern flare, Morley said the three musicians are more than ready for their latest project, as they’ve learned what it takes to put on an engaging show in the Chippewa Valley through years of performances.

“All of us have been around the block a few times, and we know what it takes to put on a good show,” Morley said. “The songs we’ve chosen are also different from what other bands in the area are choosing. We’re a bunch of young guys in a music scene where you don’t find a lot of that, so we have something unique to offer.”

They’d ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up, and I’d always say, ’I want to be a rock star.’

Over the years, I’ve learned you can’t just instantly become a rock star. because you have to take the time to live life, too, but I’m still that little kid who wants to be a rock star at the end of the day.

Tristan Shuttleworth

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Shuttleworth and Morley played together in the Stanley-based country outfit The Brady Luke Band prior to founding Deserter, which has been the foundation for building their musical partnership. After Shuttleworth and Senn were connected through their musical fathers, the three-piece lineup of Deserter was cemented a few months ago .

Originally titled Triple Threat, Deserter will perform a mix of modern and classic songs, including music from 38 Special, The Killers, Van Halen, White Lion, and everything in between. The members of Deserter all either work full time or attend post-secondary school, so Morley said using their spare time to perform music for up to four hours a night was still an easy decision.

“I code eight-to-10 hours a day for my job, so to pick up an instrument for any reason is enough to keep me going,” Morley said. “It’s a challenge and something I still love doing after years of playing out.”

Shuttleworth echoed Morley’s sentiment, as he said his love for the guitar, and music in general, has been the primary driving force behind his musical aspirations.

“I used to go to the doctor, and they’d ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up, and I’d always say, ‘I want to be a rock star,’” Shuttleworth said. “Over the years, I’ve learned you can’t just instantly become a rock star, because you have to take the time to live life too, but I’m still that little kid who wants to be a rock star at the end of the day.”