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Threefifty / Bio

Threefifty has been called a post-rock band before, but that seems too
plain –labeling the eclecticism of Threefifty’s sound requires
something that gets more obnoxiously specific – perhaps post-baroque-
folk-rock. As Spinal Tap as that amalgam may sound, members Brett
Parnell and Geremy Schulick are musicians who made their hay
playing guitar duo arrangements from Bach’s The Well Tempered
Clavier and have now gotten their hands on that more modern heart-on-
your-sleeve genre, creating something that rings authentic in spite of
the fact that it’s never really been heard before.

Threefifty’s first record, released in 2006, is a testament to the duo’s
pedigree and finesse as classical musicians. Despite being self-titled, it
contains more works from Scarlatti, Handel, and Brahms than Parnell
and Schulick themselves. 2009’s Circles, their second offering, is full
of entirely original music but doesn’t stray from the acoustic duo
configuration that has always been Threefifty’s bread and butter. Their
newest album, Collapses, leaps forward into unmarked territory, a
genre-bending triumph infused with the strength of their technique, the
broadness of their palettes, and their appeal as composers. Collapses
opens pathways leading to a thousand new sounds that immediately
become vital to Threefifty’s identity and storytelling.

Threefifty’s seasoning has been nothing if not thorough. Parnell and
Schulick’s early infatuations with guitar heroes the likes of George
Harrison, Chet Atkins, Randy Rhoads, and Julian Bream eventually led
them to the Yale School of Music, where Threefifty was founded.
Since then they have embarked on an extensive touring schedule
reaching as far as the U.K., Austria, and Bosnia, cut three albums, and
landed gigs at TED Talks, BAM’s most recent Crossing Brooklyn
Ferry Festival and NPR’s Soundcheck. The two have spent years
practicing, playing, producing, and learning the rules so that they might
now begin to gloriously break them.

Threefifty’s inclusion of other instrumentalists on Collapses represents
another step in their development as a band. “Alone With People” is a
three-piece that includes the duo on effect-driven electric guitars
alongside percussionist Evan Mitchell (Runaway Dorothy, Ghastly
City Sleep, Los Encantados) and is built on a downright meaty riff
evocative of some of Elliott Smith’s turbulent rockers. “You Make Me
Not Want to Leave” features Mitchell, violinist Andie Springer
(Redhooker, Hotel Elefant), as well as a mandolin part by guitarist and
composer Jon Diaz – the sound of each, über-qualified musician turns
into something unpretentiously ecstatic, foot-stomping, and fun.
Jennifer Stock’s electronics emerge like inanimate footsteps in “Home
Somewhere” to conjure an austere yet vivid aural picture. Airy vocal
parts from David Parnell (Runaway Dorothy) and Joanie Leon
Guerrero (Darlin Darlin) stitch seamlessly into the tapestry of “Odd
Numbers Lead You West,” an optimistic tune that presses forward on
the strength of its beautiful guitar parts, and “Roofbeam” the lullaby
that serves as the ultimate track on the record.

The word “collapse” has become adrenalized and fear-inducing, used
in awe-inspiring headlines and epitaphs to things gone, destroyed,
changed for the worse. As Collapses’ emotional climax, “The Way
Day Collapses” contains an encouraging sense of beauty through
erosion – its coy theme splinters and weaves throughout, a memento
one can smile at however initially bleak sounding. Threefifty, in adding
new instruments, new noise, and new friends to their act, have
shattered their sound and built something original and striking out of
the rubble. It’s doubtful that they’ll ever lose enthusiasm for their
chosen instruments – but with Collapses, Threefifty has gone from
letting their guitars do all the talking to letting their music speak for

- Elias Blumm, I Care if You Listen

Threefifty is proud to be a part of the D’Addario artist family.

General Info

Band Members
Brett Parnell and Geremy Schulick
Artist Name
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Alternative / Indie / Instrumental

Contact Info

Brooklyn, NY