Aaron Best and Jon O’Dwyer had been in and out of bands together since they were in high school. Nothing ever seemed to click for the two and every time one of their projects ever started to take off, it would fall apart. Sick of dealing with egos and so many other personalities, Best sought to find a new way to play music and found inspiration right in his hometown.
“I went and saw My Sister Ocean and they were doing the whole duo thing too, only with just bass and drums,” says Best, whose experiencing watching two people creating a whole band’s worth of sound enticed him to start his own duo. “My Sister Ocean also incorporated a lot of electronic elements and samples, but we decided just to keep our stuff barebones rock and roll.”
With an idea and sound in mind, Best knew O’Dwyer would be a perfect fit to fill out the duo. The two got to jamming and continually reinvented how they played to make the duo sound work without sounding obviously like there were members missing.
“I knew about bands like White Stripes and Black Keys, so I knew this was possible,” Best continues. “It felt dry and lacking at first but through a lot of trial and error we figured out how it works.”
The band took a loud, blues based approach to its sound and recorded its first six-song EP in 2010, which gained the attention of Oak Apples Records owner Nathaniel Sutton. He approached the band, wanting to include them on the second Fresh Fruit compilation. This past May, he officially signed the band to the label. Instead of recording a whole new record for its Oak Apple debut, the band decided to re-release its previous EP in October, but include four more songs to make it a full-length.
“We already had the songs recorded and they’ve been sitting in the vault for quite a bit,” explains Best. “Our music video and the compilation gave us more attention than our record did, so hopefully this time it’s better received as a full-length.”
By Christopher Schieman