Love at First Listen

I love music. I make music. I listen to a lot of music. And I’m tired of hearing the derivative crap the commercial music industry generally has on offer. So it’s great to hear something that instantly grabs and engages your attention with some incredible musicianship thrown in for good measure.

CDBaby is a good place to find new music but sometimes it’s hard to find stuff that you really like. I’d heard about a Canadian band called Drums and Wires which I’d actually discovered accidentally via Beef Donut on the CBC 3 website.

These guys are great!: Joel Klaverkamp (laptop, keys and vocals); Jason Banman (drums, samples, vocals); Matthew Lawrence (percussion); and Mark Penner (guitars). The music is a fantastic upbeat groove, with nice electronic flavouring, and solid riffs.

So back to CDBaby. D&W have released their new disc which you should go order right now! And so I go to CDB to order my copy. But, you know I don’t wanna just buy one disc. It seems inefficient somehow. So I started looking around to see what else might be worth grabbing.

This is when I stumbled upon another great ‘love at first listen band’: 2=3. This L.A. band released their six song EP in 2006 that is, well: too short! This is a truly rewarding disc which will instantly become a regular in your player. Just can’t get enough.

There’s an interesting mix of musical interactions going on here with a very relaxed groove that I bet would be awesome to experience live. I can hear the extended jams that are just begging to burst out of this EP. The musicians are: Cepheus Strachan aka Psi-Phi (guitars, vocals); Rey Thorne (bass, keys, vocals); and Dustin Prince (drums). There’s not much info available on the band nor the individuals involved, although it is difficult to get good results searching for 2=3.

Prince shows up on a few bands including another L.A. band called Lobate Scarp which sounds progressively promising.

Looking around for more info and hope to hear more from both of these great bands. Thank you CDBaby!!