In a decade when rock experienced limited commercial success, Dynasty Xero exploded onto the stage with their high-energy brand of Rock 'n' Roll.
Their sound is built from the dueling guitar riffs
of Michael Schisla and James Lamansky, Keith
Montenegro's punk-inspired basslines, Tim
Rankin's thundering drums, and Faith Sahagian's
They were raised on their parents' record
collections and MTV videos that had re-surfaced
through YouTube and MySpace. But they were
also quick to embrace the music of the 21st
Century, and they found new sonic territory to
assimilate into their rock sound.
Dynasty Xero formed when lead guitarist met
bassist Keith Montenegro at Franciscan
University of Steubenville in 2018. Shortly into
their friendship, Michael offered to teach Keith
several advanced guitar exercises that translated
well to bass. Their first lesson quickly turned
into a jam, and within a week the two were determined to start a band. They filled out their lineup with Tim Rankin on drums, James Lamansky as a second guitarist, all while writing songs and playing shows. They became a staple of Franciscan University's music scene often being booked to perform at school events.
In November 2019, Dynasty Xero released their first single, "Falling" to Spotify and other platforms. Shortly after, founding member Michael Schisla stepped away from the microphone to make way for Faith Sahagian, the band's lead singer.