As brothers, David and I learned how to play our instruments alongside one another, drew from the same inspirations, spent the entirety of our adolescence, teenage years, and onward developing our stage presence and collaborating with different musicians. We went on road trips, experimented with consciousness enhancement and modification (dropped acid), fought alongside, sometimes with each other, survived a house fire, trained together, kept each other in check, tasted wild debauchery, visited places of terrifying darkness and glorious illumination, have a relatively identical appreciation for the same types of philosophy, rationale, literature, cinema, art, and humor, and we are both extremely imaginative and very hard-working. In our youth, we produced our debut album out-of-pocket and by painting the engineer’s house, recording songs all borne of our primal vigor and wild, irreverent, fearless imagination. We’ve always stuck to the ideals of the art, feeling that there are plenty other arenas in life which require formula, templates, and established rules. We never felt these applied to music -an expression of individual perspective- in any rigid sense, not if the material were to reflect in earnest the nature and magnitude of our characters and ideas. There is no compulsion to emulate anyone else’s style, nor speak as an industry machine. We’ve been digging for many years to discover the things we want to say and the sounds we want to make, and we’ve only just begun to go off the deep end.
In choosing who we work with, we’ve never allowed ourselves to join forces with anyone but the most technically proficient, prolifically talented, subconsciously intuitive musicians, and Johnny Reed is no exception to that. Zero ground was gained over the years we spent holding auditions to find a drummer. Nobody ever came to an audition knowing any of our material until Johnny. Dudes just showed up to jam and it never vibed. Johnny asked for a short list of songs to learn, spent 2 weeks mapping drum strikes out on stools in his apartment, and showed up to his first audition nailing 3 songs in their entirety. Only person to do anything like it. It’s still relatively unknown to me from where he draws his fundamental inspiration or what he listens to regularly, but his understanding and application of rhythm patterns and layers, list of constantly evolving techniques, wild style of percussive attack, and willingness to learn and adapt to change not only clicks into place with our own ethos like a puzzle piece, but unbelievably mirrors a style which was produced between two brothers over a lifetime in his absence. His contribution is at once complimentary, distinct, and vital to the sonic equilibrium we have set out to achieve.