Apr. 10, 2007 - Issue #599: Spring Style 07
A band is a Mysterious Body, but Azeda Booth aims to solve the riddle
Morgan Greenwood and Jordan Hossack first appeared together as an electronic duo two years ago, but, unhappy with the disinterested appearance they presented on stage, they decided to expand their horizons and enlist some bandmates.
Since last summer, the resulting six-piece group, Azeda Booth, has evolved even further, rendering a fuller, more deluxe mix of electronic ambient pop music. The band has consistently proven that it’s possible to reinvent itself and become a better group in the process.
“Exchanging instruments while playing lets you explore different realms and keeps it exciting to not be locked into playing the same instrument for 45 minutes,” says guitarist Myke Atkinson. “I think maybe we even have too many change ups. Luckily, we’re getting pretty good at it now. It keeps the energy high when you’re writing, but is not without its frustration.”
Atkinson admits that since the release of Azeda Booth’s debut EP,
Mysterious Body, the band has changed a great deal. The album is much more
electronic-based than the current incarnation, capturing the band’s
beginnings and presenting a different side than you will see during its live
“The idea was to not use the electronics, and then have it all done by live instrumentation,” Atkinson explains. “We started playing around with it and realized there’s no reason to completely replace parts on the electronic side of things. Instead, what was more exciting was to change them a little to accompany what we’re doing. We just wanted to play with it, and make it even crazier by having so much going on.
“It’s a record that I want people to hear, though,” he adds. “Being involved in this band, seeing how it’s grown, is exciting. Everyone’s been really receptive.” V
Sat, Apr 14 (8 pm)
With the Choir and Marching Band,
Velvet Underground, $10
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