Drunken Logic, Talented Indie/Rock Band with some Boston Magic
I did a piece recently on a band called 3′s & Sevens, with front man and guitarist Igor Stolarsky. Off the back of this fantastic opportunity, I have been lucky enough to be approached by yet another great band, for which Igor helped produce, record and mix their debut album. The band are called Drunken Logic and the fantastic album in question is “Something New to Burn”.
Headed up by the immensely talented Jake Cassman, I couldn’t wait to rip the lid open on this genuinely feel-good indie/rock outfit. Here’s what Mr Cassman had to share.
Bazingapop – I believe you have had a number of changes to the line-up before settling on the band members we see today? Can you tell us about this and Drunken Logics beginnings in general?
Jake - DL’s first appearance was as a four-piece, and was really just slapped together for a show I was pulled into. The gig went so well that I started planning an album of material last summer. However, none of those guys from that first gig are in the band anymore, besides me. We had an almost entirely different lineup for the album, and two new guys have switched in since we finished recording. It’s been hectic just trying to get everyone in the same room for practice, but the turnover has meant that a lot of really talented and intelligent people have gotten to help me interpret these songs, which has been incredible. I’m very happy with our current lineup of Sam Sewall, Austin Wells, Ryan Jordan, Alex McGillivray and myself – we have lots of different strengths and influences, and care deeply about this project.
J – I could tell you that I think the name is redundant, and that it’s a reminder of how it doesn’t matter how much thought you put into your decision-making, you’re always going to look back on some choices you made and say, “Wow, was I HIGH when I did that?!” I could also tell you it was the first thing I googled that wasn’t taken. Both would be true.
Bp – You busk at Faneuil Hall in Boston regularly. How is the feedback and support from the local community and what are your reasons for continuing to perform at the Hall? (any images of you performing here)
J - Faneuil has been great for us, especially as our lineup has been in flux. Busking there regularly allows us to perform our music with one member, the full band and any combination in-between. We have a lot of fun rearranging songs for acoustic performance and with different lineups. Plus it allows us to practice our material while performing to people who wouldn’t normally hear us, and make a little cash while we do it. Elderly couples will stop and listen for half an hour, and young kids start dancing in front of the crowd – it’s an awful lot of fun.
Bp – If you could collaborate with any musician(s), who would be your choice and how much of an influence is this choice on the style of music you produce?
J - I think we take a lot of pride in our ability to make DL as diverse a project as possible, while still keeping it contained to the five of us and developing our own strong artistic identity. That said, we’re all Berklee guys, and we’ve had the opportunity to work and play with some wonderful people while here. Igor Stolarsky of 3′s & Sevens produced the album, and he’s a fantastic musician in his own right. I recently had a lot of fun playing piano and singing on the latest record by my friend Ben Michalak, who plays under the moniker Doc Baker’s Traveling Musicological Extravaganza. And Ryan Jordan is an incredible songwriter in his own right. The more you can play with talented people, the more you learn and the more you’re challenged to improve your own game — I want to play with anybody I think is better than me at something.
Bp – How do you envisage your future in the music business and what are your plans to succeed?
J – It’s really tough out there right now for aspiring musicians. On the one hand, there is a lot of opportunity and the playing field has become much more level, but it takes so much time and hard work to get to the point where you can support yourself on those opportunities. Three of us are still in school, while Sam and I are trying to sort out what life will be like after graduation. Several of us have day jobs, which isn’t a bad thing, because I think you can learn something anytime you’re working with enthusiastic and intelligent people. We all also have a lot of other projects and aspirations, and I think you have to multi-task to be a musician these days — I’ve worked in radio, at duelling piano bars, and booking and managing shows at venues. But it’s definitely a priority to keep this band together, because we are having so much fun with it and really believe in this music. We have a lot of new material on the way, big plans in the works for the fall and winter, and we’re gonna keep on rocking in the free world for as long as we can.
This is a great band, with heaps of potential and masses of talent, and after listening to their 11 track album, I have to say I was more than impressed with the diversity of the tracks on offer. Each song separating itself from the last, with different genre influenced undertones on each, including indie/rock, punk and even a distinct Irish-folk nip about some of them. Having said that, there is no mistaking the bands characteristic guitar and piano melodies, with Jake’s familiar smooth vocal tones giving way to a more powerful, raw intensity when needed.
It is, for once, refreshing to listen to a band who have a real feel good sound about them, especially in a climate of economic doom and gloom. However, they aren’t ignorant of life’s challenges and regularly touch upon various world views throughout their songs. Drunken Logic is a band definitely worthy of public support, so please take a moment, check them out and give them the love they deserve!
The guys will be playing at Faneuil Hall all through the rest of August and September, plus are playing the Red Room in Boston with Paul Brown & the Killing Devils, and January Jane on 27th September. They are also in the process of putting together a live EP to release. In the meantime visit the band’s website drunken-logic.com and download their album either below or at drunkenlogic.bandcamp.com. If you wish, you can follow the band on Facebook and Twitter too.