Strawberry Moon discusses new EP launch My Provide

Strawberry Moon is ready to launch a brand new EP, unintentional This Friday, December 15 with a launch present on Saturday, December 16 at Bandito’s Burrito Lounge. What started as a solo venture by Katie Bowles, has developed and expanded over the six years he has been in it.

“I have been taking part in solo with a loop pedal for a very long time and it was actually enjoyable. I really feel like I’ve gained extra confidence and constructed my stage presence throughout that point,” Katie stated.

Little by little the band began including extra members. Initially Bowles’ companion was Liam McElroy on guitar, then Grey Stephenson on bass and TJ Mead on drums.

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“You possibly can see how we began to adapt Katy’s loop-pedal songs and incorporate our personal writing model which is a conglomeration of all of us,” Stevenson defined. Meade, additionally a guitarist, could not resist writing riffs for the band.

“He was all the time taking the hardcore songs he wrote and translating them into songs for this band,” McElroy stated. After writing a number of riffs from behind a drum package, they knew Mead needed to develop into the second guitarist. The band introduced in new drummer Christian Noonan, permitting Meade to play guitar alongside McElroy which brings us to the band’s present improvement as a five-piece.

“Christian’s first present with us was with Sheer Magazine, which was a high-pressure present,” Bowles famous. “Truthfully I used to be just a little nervous, as a result of issues have been good. I used to be form of underneath the mindset of like, ‘We’re simply attempting this out.’ However Christian is actually good at taking part in the drums and he is additionally very nice.”

When requested about recording their new EP the five-piece Bowles replied: “The EP is actually simply us 4, we did not know we have been going to be a five-piece band when it got here out, however for the duvet, all of us picked out some particular issues to placed on it. It was Christian. Concerned at that time, he gave away a few of his child enamel as small choices.

“We recorded the EP at Ward with Ricky Olsen in February,” Stevenson defined. “We have launched the primary two singles since then and I feel we’re excited to launch them and get again into the studio as a five-piece band with a brand new batch of songs we have been engaged on.”

When it got here to the songwriting course of, they after all wanted to adapt not solely to the scale of the group but additionally to everybody’s enter.

McElroy defined, “TJ’s received a number of quick, frenetic chord modifications, and Grey’s actually good at taking the notes that Katie would write and making them danceable.”

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Images by Emma Carlson

“Writing the songs is my favourite half,” Stevenson continued. “I do not give you the preliminary melodies as a lot, however the puzzle piece is placing it collectively. We’ll put in sneaky little issues like a pre-bridge that builds rigidity earlier than the complete bridge kicks in. I like The craft of track composition, it’s extremely attention-grabbing to me.

After the discharge of the brand new EP, the band will go on tour with their outdated comrades and file label colleagues Destructo Disk. “After we have been wrapping up our final tour on the final day, I stated ‘I need to do it once more!’ I made a decision to textual content Gideon as a result of we’re mates with Destructo Disk and he stated sure straight away,” stated Bowles. “We’ve got two massive bands in North Carolina and Georgia that wished to do a few dates.” “They have been in a position to level us in some assist instructions and native venues. It is my second time organizing a mini tour and it was a number of enjoyable. I am excited to do it once more.”

“Katie is a beast relating to reserving your self,” Grey famous. “The final night time of our final tour we have been so exhausted. I bear in mind wanting round at everybody and nobody was speaking. All of us liked one another however we have been able to go residence. Then Katie stated ‘When are we going again out?!'” Grey laughed. Katie stated: “If you’re on tour, you get to play each night time. It is all the time enjoyable, it is all the time new and funky. It is a blast!”

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C.J. Payne

After finding out Classical Efficiency and Audio Engineering at William Paterson College, CJ moved to Richmond in 2020 the place he took up pictures. No stranger to the native music scene, CJ has made a reputation for himself photographing live shows throughout city. You will discover extra of his work at www.cjpaynephotography.com

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