Aug. 01, 2012 - Issue #876: The Art Of Serving
Sat, Aug 4 (9 pm)
With One Way State, Erica Viegas
Starlite Room, $12.25
Four have become two as local pop-rock act Chasing Jones releases its latest album, Loves Got Teeth, as a duo.
Brothers Adam and Nick Di Lullo began collaborating together in 2007, and soon recruited drummer Blair Brown, who had returned home from Los Angeles, as well as bassist Dwayne Ulliac. The four-piece achieved successful radio play for the singles "Anniversary" and "Amelia," but the Di Lullos have gone in a new direction and refocused their music, which includes exploring its acoustic side.
"Our musical direction was not where we were wanting it to go," Adam says of the former four-piece. "Cutting it down to two, to just Nick and I, we're kind of on the same page with everything and it shows in our music now."
Nick adds that ideas can become diluted once they've been passed around by four people, and while sometimes the extra opinions can bring out better results, they can also digress too much from the initial starting point. He feels that Chasing Jones is back on track, making the type of music they've always wanted to, which is inspired by pop-rock legends of the '90s.
The result has been a new album that Adam says can be just as easily stripped down and played acoustically or with a full band, as it was during recording. The brothers note this wasn't the case with Chasing Jones' previous work, which had very little substance left to it once different aspects were taken away.
"With this album, we had what we call the campfire test," Nick explains. "We have to be able to play the songs with one singer and an acoustic guitar."
Loves Got Teeth was influenced heavily by relationships, which is clearly evident on the first single "Lost in You."
"A lot of it stems from relationships, mostly because you have the most experience with that kind of stuff usually," says Nick, who writes the majority of the lyrics. "I think this album has a little more of a positive feel to it compared to the other two and it's also something everyone can relate to."
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