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This City of Takers is an ambitious music project that is as much a band as it is an ever-changing concept and growing production. Began by Brandon Lee and David Wise in the summer of 2009, these two uniquely talented and experienced musicians set out to tell stories through their words and music.
Joined in August by Michelle Glaser on bass, John May on drums and Andy Phipps as keyboardist, This City of Takers set out to produce a memorable opening chapter to the omnibus of stories they intend to tell through their music. “The idea initially wasn't to start a band in the traditional sense but to instead right our 'Moby Dick', just write an amazing album,” says Lee.
The group’s first project, “Going Along with the Delusions Will Not be Helpful,” produced by Ryan Wasoba (founding member of So Many Dynamos) tells the story of a man who, after being left by a cheating spouse, finds his head occupied by the voice of God. The songs depict his struggles in confronting, questioning and arresting his mental condition. Already, This City of Takers has perfected a unique sound and has begun work on their next narrative.
“I was truly amazed by the momentum with which This City Of Takers took off.” Says May. “Within weeks of meeting we were looking to record the first album and all of us were extremely proud of what we had created.” Since their inception This City of Takers have shared the stage with such national touring acts as Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs and The Dollyrods. Though founding member David Wise left in the summer of 2010 to pursue his graduate studies, TCOT is still heading strong towards their goal of telling stories through music.