A collaboration between two roommates and longtime friends, Greg Leo and Alex Ewalt, who are taking their first stab at DIY recording. The project will span all sorts of genres. I guess you could say they dabble in just about everything - folksy acoustic numbers, covers, power pop - as dilettantes are given to do. Greg is a fine orchestra bassist and is a former principal bass in the Walton High School (Marietta) Orchestra, widely recognized as one of the best high school orchestra programs in the nation year after year (www.waltonorchestra.org). Alex was an All-State cellist from the same school. Greg and Alex are also ex-members of the seminal Marietta rock band Stellar (stellartheband.tripod.com) in which they played bass and guitar, respectively. The band gained notoriety in 2002 and 2003 for their raucous, unpredictable live shows and classic alternative style. Stellar garnered many accolades including a first-place finish at the 2002 Kell High School Battle of the Bands and an invite to the prestigious inaugural 2003 US Play (Kennesaw) Battle of the Bands, which offered prize money and a production contract to the winner. Unfortunately the band broke up in the summer of 2003, but the music bug has bitten Greg and Alex once again.
Greg and Alex rely on sound songwriting skills, an offbeat, sometimes oddball, creative drive, and a deep understanding of music in general. They constantly look to push the envelope with their experimental instrumentation and structure, establishing themselves as true members of the avant-garde. Some of the instruments the boys own and will themselves play: acoustic and electric guitar, keyboard, drums, harmonica, ukulele, mandolin, cello, electric bass, and more.
Like I said, the DRS Alliance is just getting off the ground... however, we have messed around and recorded some quick, mostly improvised takes for short songs and musical pieces, which we hope to upload soon.
We will play live if it suits us... this project is in its infancy, and we are intent now on finding our voice and our style.
Alex: great indie bands with pop sensibilities (The Replacements, The Pixies, etc.) Also the post-hardcore movement (Quicksand, Drive Like Jehu, Unwound, Fugazi, etc.) Classical music, mostly Romantic to the present (Glass, Bartok, Rachmaninoff, Berlioz, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, etc.) Bands like Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, and Weezer will always be influences. Lately I'm getting into a more folk sound (Dylan, Guthrie, Calexico, Iron and Wine, Sufjan Stevens, etc.) I'm always searching for new music and new influences.
Most recording will be done through a TASCAM MF-P01 analog four-track and then converted to MP3 format. We have a Yamaha keyboard, a Yamaha acoustic guitar, a Les Paul Classic 1960 Reissue, an old Kustom mini-amp, and Shure mics. For the other equipment brand names are either unknown or inconsequential in our judgment.
We strive to be the best we can, and to be as original as possible. This is great fun for us, but we also want to be tight and creative. Perfecting our craft is what is most fun, we believe.