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He Is we
May 2, 2012 5:30 PM (Wednesday)
1308 SE Fourth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Supporting Acts: Deas Vail, Windsor Drive
He Is we
He Is We is an indie pop band formed in Tacoma, WA. The duo consists of Rachel Taylor and Trevor Kelly. The band's first full length album, My Forever, was released November 2010. Their OLD DEMOS album can be downloaded at http://heiswe.bandcamp.com.
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He Is We
Trevor Kelly and Rachel Taylor work at Ted Brown Music together in Tacoma, WA. When you spend a lot of time with someone and you don’t end up hating them… chances are you’re going to be great pals. They both play music but oh so different kinds. Rachel is into indie pop… melodic metal… and girlie stuff. Trevor is into the hardcore metal that talks about bloody things and such. Oh the madness! But it just clicked…
The current duo have only existed online for a few months now, creating quite the noise. With features on several different websites and a fan base that grows by word of mouth every day, the future seems exciting for He Is We. They are currently in the studio with Michael Warren putting the finishing touches on everything; expect their debut EP to be released in early January.
It would be easy to describe Deas Vail simply by pointing at vocalist Wes Blaylock's upper register range and falsetto and then to slap on the indie label. Granted, it's an unmistakable voice that sounds as if it bides its time floating amid the stars, and so, is a major part of the band's sound. But there's so much more beyond that soaring voice. To start, the band's debut "All the Houses Look the Same," features the unfailingly sharp and frenetic guitar work of Andy Moore (think Chris Walla or Jonny Greenwood), whose riffs are as memorable as any of the ridiculously high notes that Blaylock hits. Moore's work on the record sets a tone in line with America's finest indie rock (Death Cab for Cutie, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah) and Europe's best-kept secrets (Mew, Kashmir). But in no way does the album, produced by Mark Lee Townsend (Relient K), rely on any particular mix of instrumentation. By the time the manic guitar of "Rewind" fades away, it is replaced by the piano-led "Shoreline," courtesy of keyboardist Laura Blaylock, Wes' wife. The song also features a haunting string arrangement by the Blaylocks and the driving and clever rhythm section of drummer Kelsey Harelson and bassist Justin Froning backs all of it. Formed while its members were students at Arkansas Tech in the Midwestern hamlet of Russellville, the band has gone through several different members before settling in with its current lineup for the past two-and-a-half years. While at school, Blaylock began writing songs he initially envisioned as solo works, but when coupled with an affinity for the indie-rock scene, Deas Vail was born. Blaylock discovered and embraced the indie rock scene his senior year of high school, eschewing the bluegrass and folk enriched home he grew up in (his sister Hannah fronts bluegrass/country outfit Eden's Edge). "When we started, it was something we wanted to do because we enjoy music," Blaylock said. "We write songs because we love songs. They make us happy or explain an experience. That's why I grab hold of these songs and love them. It's something we really care about." Upon the record's release last spring, the band took on a healthy touring schedule that saw them crisscrossing the country for much of the year. Supporting acts like Lost Ocean, John Reuben and Edison Glass helped build the band's fanbase, a trend they would like to continue this year as the band feels their live show is essential to the experience and that more new fans can be made with this album. "To us, playing live is just as important as making records, maybe more," Blaylock said. "Even if we get tired of playing these songs, there's meaning in the lyrics and we still feel like itâ€™s good music."
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Windsor Drive is a rock band from Houston, TX. The band was formed in December 2004 in a small town in central WI, with members, Kipp, Owen, Jon, Dustin, and Dan. Taking influence from artists such as; Coldplay, Death Cab, and Keane, Windsor Drive combines melodic guitars, soaring melodies, and the emotion a piano brings to create a delectable new sound coming from band members that are just under the legal drinking age.
They have worked hard to expose their music to a broad audience, receiving credits from respected industry leader's such as, Decoy Music, and Purevolume.com. The exposure continues with extensive touring and major radio play, including Houston's 94.5 The Buzz. In the efforts of booking tours and promotion, Windsor Drive has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with well known acts including; Eisley, Waking Ashland, Showbread, June, The Junior Varsity, The Receiving End of Sirens, Number One Fan, The Rocket Summer and many more.
While living in Houston, Windsor Drive has stayed busy playing and recording four new tracks with producer Robbie Seay (Sparrow Recording Artist, Robbie Seay Band), they recently recorded an additional four songs and plan on releasing the eight song ep, 'Meet the Tide' this summer. Although they're fan base in houston has grown rapidly and strong they will spend most of the summer touring the midwest and west coast. With a work ethic that equally matches their love for music Windsor Drive is on their way to a long successful career.
Formed from the ashes of the trance-rockers Spacemen 3, singer/guitarist Jason Pierce's group Spiritualized did not break away from his prior band's trademark hypnotic minimalism; instead, they perfected it. Drawing on the continued influence of the Velvet Underground, La Monte Young, and Steve Reich, Spiritualized staked out a common ground between minimalism and lush symphonics -- While the infamous Spacemen 3 tag of "taking drugs to make music to take drugs to" remained a cornerstone of their craft, Spiritualized's very name acknowledged the existence of other forces, and further reflected in their heavy debt to gospel and soul music as well as an affinity for mantras and devotional hymns.
In 1991, Spiritualized emerged with a string of EPs -- Feel So Sad, Run/I Want You, and Smile/Sway -- before their long-awaited debut, Lazer Guided Melodies, finally appeared the following year. The masterful, blissed-out result of Pierce's obsessive studio fine-tuning and endless remixing, the album was promoted by the band's slot on the high-profile Rollercoaster tour, where they appeared with the Jesus and Mary Chain and Curve. An excellent limited-edition live document, Fucked Up Inside, followed in 1993, trailed by another EP, Electric Mainline, later in the year.
In 1995, Spiritualized -- now a trio consisting of Pierce, keyboardist/guitarist Kate Radley, and bassist Sean Cook -- issued Pure Phase, a heady, dense production which boasted separate mixes from each stereo channel. With 1997's , Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space Pierce deliberately jettisoned many of the band's usual points of departure, including drones, tremolos, and phase tones; recorded with new drummer Damon Reece, it featured a cameo appearance from legendary New Orleans pianist Dr. John on one track, while Memphis studio legend Jim Dickinson appeared on another. Other guests included the Balanescu Spiritualizeduartet (also featured on Pure Phase), the Greater London Gospel Community Choir, and Spring Heel Jack. The two-disc Royal Albert Hall October 10 1997 Live album followed in late 1998.
The following year, Pierce gutted Spiritualized's lineup, firing Cook, Reece, and Mike Mooney, who formed Lupine Howl soon after their dismissal; Sean Cook now fronts the band The Flies. Gregg Hale left the band to finish University in America, and plays in Last Response and Radley left soon after she married Verve frontman and solo artist Richard Ashcroft. Only saxophonist Ray Dickaty and sometime keyboardist Thighpaulsandra (aka Tim Lewis) remained in the band. Pierce began writing and recording material for the next Spiritualized album at George Martin's Air Studios and recruited percussionist Tom Edwards, bassist Martin Shallards, Echoboy drummer Kev Bales, and guitarist Dogan, from Julian Cope's band, for the sessions. The new album, titled Let It Come Down , featured an even lusher, more involved sound than Ladies and Gentlemen, was released in mid-2001.
The band Has since released Amazing Grace , a stripped down return to Pierces earlier days, and The Complete Works Volumes 1 and 2, collections of rare early tracks and B-sides.
The band is currently finishing the new CD, due out winter 2007!!!
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