THEY KNOW / Bio
Electro-Acoustic Duo THEY KNOW write & record really good songs - a few great ones too, they hope. "Our goals for the future are seriously high right about now", says singer-songwriter-guitarist Daniel Ehart, who resides in the musical town of Phoenixville, PA. "We've got a big collection of songs written and just waiting to happen". Keyboardist-vocalist-songwriter Lee Raden continues: "We endured a long layoff while I recovered from a bone marrow transplant. During that time, we both wrote a bunch of new songs and also went through our personal archives and discovered a treasure trove of unheard material".
What does that mean for the rest of the world?
"Two things need to happen" says Ehart. "First, we get into the studio and record all this stuff. Second, we play some shows to get some grit back". Those plans are well underway. Expect to hear new tunes on Facebook, Reverbnation and MySpace as well as on Internet Radio. A smattering of live appearances will follow.
"People comment to us that they hear a lot of this influence or that influence in our music", says Lee Raden. "Within one or two songs there may be a passage that sounds like the Byrds or the Beatles, Lou Reed or Pink Floyd, Jerry Garcia or Ray Manzarek. It's all in there", Raden continues. "Musically, we borrow from all our friends and heroes, both new and old. Lyrically, we've got our own thing going.”
Indeed they do. Raden's "Living Free" is a picture postcard hymn on the magic of Maui:
"The Islands call to me in slack keys,
Black beaches after the rain.
It’s where I remain.” "Lee writes beautifully descriptive, emotive songs", says Daniel. "He can put across a deep spiritual message with style".
Ehart’s lyrics tend to be more dark and are at times confrontational. "I am merely confronting myself", he says with a smile. "When The Blue Chips Are Down" is his blues for a Wall Street character who trades money and power for true love left behind, all set to a weirdly nostalgic Motown backbeat:
"You've got the perfect American life
The golden parachute the trophy wife
Little blue pills to keep the
Wolves at bay, hey hey"
"I'm not against money and power" Ehart explains. "It's just that I don’t have any!” He elaborates further: "I'm on the side of Love. Lee and I write songs that, at their peak, reach to the core of what we care about. There are some heavy and poetic lyrics set to what is essentially classic rock and vintage singer-songwriter music. It’s all filtered through our particular awareness of modern sounds, production and promotion".
"Dan would say that" laughs Raden, from his mountain home in the Poconos. "I've known him since our freshman year of high school. His "heavy and poetic" is offset by sexy struts in tunes like "Louvers of Love" and deep psychedelic textures in "Farewell To Clouds". I love the contrast." Raden finishes, saying: "Look for us to be releasing a lot of new material this year into next year. We are really excited to share the heart and soul of our music with the world.” Peace & aloha
- Band Members:
- Daniel Ehart- Guitar/Vox, Lee Raden- Keyboards/Vox
- Artist Name:
- THEY KNOW
- Home Page:
- Singer Songwriter / Electroacoustic / Rock
- Dingmans Ferry, PA