Volume 93, Issue x
Wednesday, March 18, 1999
|ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
Dry Heave makes mouth water
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BOB DIDN'T REALIZE THE TRICK WAS TO TOUCH HIS OWN NOSE WITH HIS TONGUE. London ska-punk entrepreneurs, Dry Heave bring their chunky instrumentation to the Embassy tonight.
By Mark Pytlik
It's not often you find a young punk band who place their primary emphasis on musicianship but Dry Heave isn't exactly your average punk band.
The London quintet have been plying their trade for a couple of years and in that time they've managed to release a full length CD and gain the respect of the local London ska-punk scene in the process. However, according to their ambitious band members, one of the things they're most proud of is the progress they've made at their various instruments.
The nucleus of the band has been in existence for over two years. Lead singer/guitarist Nick Harris and bassist Mike Boniferro have been making music together since grade school and the notion of a ska-punk outfit led them to seek out a drummer while in high school. They eventually settled on Chris Gregory, whom they met through a music teacher.
Together, the trio quickly set out to form an outfit that placed particular value on instrumentation. "Everybody in the band is still going through music lessons in order to get the best techniques that we can possibly get," explains Boniferro. "That's really important to us we want to be constantly expanding."
Once they were comfortable enough with their playing skills, the threesome recorded an eponymous full length debut. Unfortunately, funding problems led them to delay the release of the record until they could afford to distribute it. Last November, their CD was finally released.
Although the record has been something which helped them gain a strong following in the immediate area, Dry Heave were not content to stick with their current lineup. At the recommendation of some friends, the trio added trumpeter Jess Langan to the fold in a move which has augmented their live performance to an even higher degree.
"It's basically what we've been experimenting with [lately] and it's a pretty big part of our set now, so it'll be coming out more on our new album," Harris says. "I had no idea how good she was going to be and she ended up being an amazing trumpet player. Everything just clicked."
The result is a new sound for the band which they plan to highlight further on their eventual followup. Although there's no plans for another release looming on the horizon, Dry Heave feel like they're getting a chance to explore this new terrain in their live shows. "It's a lot more fun playing live and it's great to see people enjoying the music," Harris says.
That's probably a good thing, because the foursome intend on playing live for a while before they try to record another album. "We're pretty antsy as far as getting back into the studio, but at the same time we're having fun," Boniferro smiles. "The more time we take, the more we're gonna be enjoying it when we get out and play the new songs. We're just really excited [about everything] because Jess has added a lot to our show."
The guitarist goes on to speculate further about the band's possible direction. "It's getting more complicated different beat changes and stuff like that, but it's still got the same poppy feel that people can listen to and enjoy."
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