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thenewseasons are a band with a DIY sensibility, a punk/alternative background, some jazz and funk influences sprinkled in, and a good dose of free-form jams. Consisting of Iain Standing on guitar and bass, and Declan Poehler on drums/vocals, thenewseasons formed after the demise of their previous band, FeedBack, in which Declan played drums and Iain played bass. Following the end of FeedBack, Iain, who had already been playing guitar for 6 years, began studying classical and jazz guitar with Maurice Arenas, adding to his already blues influenced guitar style. Declan, who is a self taught drummer with incredible skill began to incorporate jazz and funk style rhythms in to his playing style to create a distinctive sound, especially with his vintage kit. Declan lacks the ability to read music but makes up for it with his amazing ability to hear and feel a song.
In one practice the band had already gathered about twenty songs, all of which can be heard on their original demo. When they record, they opt to use a basic premise of the song, and then do a play through the song in its entirety, with the solo or jam section being completely off the cuff and free form in an attempt to capture the live and rawness of their performance, as well as prove their ability to play off of one another. Most songs they record occur in one take.
thenewseasons formed mainly on the basis one goal after the breakup of their previous band: to play a gig. After a year and a half of work in their previous band, they had no shows to show for it. They instantly began booking and secured their first show only a week after forming the band. Since then they have played places such as Baltimore Soundstage and Cafe 611.
After independently releasing two albums by themselves, thenewseasons are now working on a best of compilation to be released as their first official album due out very soon.