24 Thorns, Tempe, Arizona’s premier heavy rock band was established on January 24th 2009 by Jeremiah Dewitt (aka Joker) and Justin Paup, who set out to create a new style of melodic heavy music with their new band. The name, 24 Thorns, is a hybrid of the two prior bands of Jeremiah and Justin, 24 Hours (Justin) and Twisted Thorn (Jeremiah).
24 Thorns set out with a dream; now we want to take it all the way to the top. We have devoted our lives to music, music production and living the lifestyle — not for fame or money, but for the love of the music, and the respect of our fans.
Jeremiah DeWitt (aka Joker), was interested in music and instruments from a very young age. His father and grandfather were both guitarists. Growing up, in Detroit ("Motown"), Michigan, surrounded by live music, Jeremiah started to show a love for singing and live performance. During his high school years, Jeremiah moved to Gilbert, Arizona, where that love turned into a dream to create his own style of music. Jeremiah's first project was for “Synthetic Fibers of the Unknown Kind” in 2003. Then, in 2004 he became the front man for Twisted Thorn. Twisted Thorn played with national artists, 36 Crazyfist, Devil Driver, and Venom, to name a few. This is when Jeremiah stepped into the professional side of the music recording industry, recording his first demo at Jimmy-Z Studios with master engineer, Aaron Carey, and mastering through Andrew Davenport. Now, as 24 Thorns’ front man, Jeremiah has stepped it up another level. Jeremiah created 24 Thorns in 2009 with its original line up. 24 Thorns has progressed from and 4-piece band, to a 5-piece band with the new additions to our current lineup.
Chuck Lohrengel got his musical start when his parents bought him a guitar when he was eleven. “I took lessons for a year, then I proceeded to teach myself how to play by learning every Metallica song I could both by ear and tab. Jump forward five years and a few bands in high school, I started jamming with Brandon Tutty (Lurid State), and he asked if I would try out for bassist for his project, Twisted Thorn. That’s where I met Joker, our singer. After a couple years with Twisted Thorn we both split off and started 24 Thorns, and the future looks bright for us all. I've adapted many different styles of play to the bass; most say I play it like a guitar, which gives us a unique sound.
Storm Ulibarri joined the band in 2010 and added grinding riffs and punctual solos. Storm admits he was a bit of a late bloomer, as far as playing music goes. “I have been working with sound productions as long as I can remember, and before that I started out playing concert band stuff in high school, and then quickly moved on to guitars and wanting to play in a band.” Playing with Flagstaff-based Regicide introduced Storm to 24 Thorns, playing shows on the same bill. “Since joining 24 Thorns it’s been the best experience, and I love the dynamic – the versatility and freedom I get from playing in this band.
Dylan Kidner started in music from a very young age through his family. He taught himself how to play the guitar, bass, and his most fond instrument drums. He has played for multiple bands across the Phoenix valley and now has landed himself in with the boys in 24 Thorns. With his solo project “Kidner” starting out as well as his other main act Black Wolf Mountain pushing forward, Dylan is ready to blow the ceilings off every building with 24 Thorns.
Notable Shows & Venues
24 Thorns has shared the stage with such illustrious bands as Sponge, Helmet, Adema, Smile Empty Soul, Digital Summer, Authority Zero, Faster Pussycat, Fuel, Gemini Syndrome, Prong, Soulfly, and Fear Factory, to name the headliners. Some of the venues we’ve played with these headliners are the Marquee Theater with Soulfly and Fear Factory; Sponge at 910 Live, Helmet at Club Red, Edema at Clubhouse, Smile Empty Soul at the Big Fish Pub/Joe's Grotto, Digital Summer at Club Red, Authority Zero/Faster Pussycat at Tuba City Western Navajo Fair, Fuel at the Skye Lounge, Gemini Syndrome at Big Fish Pub, Prong at the Martini Ranch (now called Wasted Grain).
We like to refer to our style of music as “Melodic Metal.” It's heavy, clean, harmonic, melodic, and straight forward all at once. 24 Thorns is a journey through the twisted hours of music. These songs are our stories, thoughts, and expressions painted with music.
Our shared influences include Metallica, Tool, Alice in Chains, Deftones, and Sevendust, to name a few.
24 Thorns Current Lineup
Jeremiah DeWitt (Vocals)
Previous Bands: Synthetic Fibers of the Unknown Kind, Voodoo (Godsmack Tribute), Twisted Thorn
Influences: Korn, Deftones, Alice In Chains
Chuck Lohrengel (Bass)
Previous Bands: Affinity of the Fragile, Twisted Thorn
Influences: Mudvayne, Metallica, Tool
Storm Ulibarri (Guitar)
Previous Band: Regicide
Influences: Megadeth, Rob Zombie, Ozzy Osborne
Dylan Kidner (Drums)
Previous Bands: H.A.M., latency, while she waits, sectas, last train to Juarez.
Influences: Tommy lee, Jason bittner, Rikki rocket, and ray luzier