The 27s origins date to 2010 when Adam Raley (guitar/vox) migrated north to DC from his native Louisiana where he left behind the comforts of playing in the highly successful Canvas Red. After months of scouring local musician ads he came across an ad local guitarist Jim Connolly posted. Listing influences like The Replacements, The Clash and The Hold Steady, the ad stood out from the pack and seemed too good to be true. Jim, a veteran of the DC scene (The Highballers, 69 A Go-Go), and Adam hit it off instantly. Sharing drinks at a local dive, they quickly bonded over their shared fondness for the many great power pop, indie, punk and rock and roll bands of the past 40 years.
After a few false starts with drummers and bassists nearly derailed the project, Jim and Adam reconvened in early 2011 and went after it more determined than ever. They quickly roped in the rock solid rhythm section of drummer Ahmad Asi and bassist Soren Bakken (Helo) and dug in hard. Christened the 27s (in honor of the countless R&R legends that have left us at that age) the four had an easy camaraderie and the original tunes came pouring out. Determined to capture the energy while still fresh, they opted to enter the studio before even playing a gig. Working with noted producer Don Zientara at Inner Ear studios, the 27s recorded 5 songs in the summer of 2011. The tracks reveal a band that proudly wears its influences on their sleeve while somehow managing to sound like none of them. The songs feel familiar and have a timeless quality yet avoid sounding trendily retro.
2012 saw the band bringing their big hooks and loud guitars to the masses. Their first show was an opening slot for Tommy Stinson (The Replacements) and they have not looked back. Catch 'em soon as they continue to make their mark on the DC scene.