'Our musical taste is the exact same, I was brought up listening to Dad's live concert DVDs and vinyl,' the 20-year-old shared.
People picked up all sorts of hobbies during the COVID-19 lockdowns as they found themselves with nothing but time on their hands and very few people to spend it with. While most people took up banana bread baking and dalgona coffee making, Ryan Stokes from New Zealand embraced a project unlike any other. Since he couldn't have his friends come over during lockdown, he decided to teach his parents how to play the drums and the bass so that he could jam with them instead. What began as a lockdown project has since grown into something much bigger than anyone anticipated as Stokes and his parents now have an album out.
According to Good News Network, Stokes first started by teaching his 55-year-old mother how to play the drums. Soon, his 60-year-old father joined their band by picking up an electric bass for the first time in his life and the rest is history. Appropriately named "Mommas Boy," their band today features Stokes as the frontman vocalist while his mother Andrea keeps time on drums and his father Lyndon plucks the bass. "They were pestered to start the band by their very eager son," Stokes joked. "I had nothing to do during lockdown and wanted to play music."
"Mum loved the White Stripes—especially Meg White and was very excited to learn to drum like her," he added. Andrea quickly picked up the basics, Stokes revealed. "Sure enough she had a strong beat within an hour and was ready to play within three hours," he said. Although they've only been playing for a couple of years now, the rockstar parents adapted to their new life of rock and roll seamlessly. They've been making appearances in videos on TikTok—where the band has more than 72,000 followers—since hours of picking up their instruments for the first time.
Stokes—who is a student—and his parents, both of whom work in local government, were stunned by how popular Mommas Boy has become and love the support they get online. "Mum is known as the 'mumma drummer' around her work and dad is constantly blown away by the response online, after initially thinking social media was a very negative environment," he shared. Although the band has no record label yet, they put together their album in just a month from inside Stokes' bedroom-turned-studio. The album called "Who Would Have Thought" was released in April on the band's Spotify account. They've also had the opportunity to perform live on a number of occasions.
"Mum constantly said that she was not good enough to play a live show and Dad was not optimistic, but after we completed our first show, they were overjoyed and could not wait for the next one," Stokes said. Another happy outcome of their lockdown project is that the family gets to spend more time together now and derive even more out of the music they all love. "We always bonded over our shared love of music. Now we can bond over our shared love of making music," Stokes shared. "Our musical taste is the exact same, I was brought up listening to Dad's live concert DVDs and vinyl. I believe there is footage of me being brought home from the hospital after just being born and you can hear The Rolling Stones in the background."