Thursday, December 21, 2006

The Twelve Bands of Christmas: Day Eleven - Two If By Sea

Two if by Sea is a band from Baltimore, MD. They have been regulars on IA, but with good reason. Safety was one of the best cds released this year. They took all of the elements from their debut, stripped them down and added strings. It really worked. They are also known for tearing it up with their high energy live sets. This was a good year for the band. They took some time to reflect upon it and share some insight on how they will top it in 2007.

Two if by Sea
Bodymore, Murderland
Cris Cowan / ahhhh & treble
John Jorde / low-end rumble
Charles Cole / Boom Boom
David Hardy / whoosh & echo
SilverThree Sound Recordings
Translations (2004) Speedbump
Safety (2006) Silverthree
Upcoming Live Dates:
12/22/06 sonar, baltimore
12/30/06 rock and roll hotel, dc
1/22/07 fletchers, baltimore
2/3/07 black cat mainstage, dc

How did the band form?
surrepitious late night sessions at UMBC's on-campus television studio

How was '06 for you?
grrrreat. tiring too, because of the schedule we've managed to impose on ourselves

Highlight of the year?
three: our april residency at DC9, finishing the record in june, month-long US-Tour in october

What do you have in store for '07?
find a new rehearsal space, more touring in the spring, win some major $$$ from scratch-offs, continue writing for the next release !

Goal for '07 and beyond?
to maintain the current velocity while continuing to juggle jobs, careers, relationships & sanity

Safety (2006)
White Zin on-Ice
All The Reasons to Leave

The Affair, Act II


3 favorite songs of '06?

So many good ones… but here are a few from my current playlist:
ticket to immortality – the dears
tv - Headlights
cold world – electric soft parade

Favorite album of the year?
I love you but i've chosen darkness - fear is on our side

Best live show you saw this year?
Editors - at Sonar's Club Stage

Favorite holiday song and artist?
The waitresses - christmas wrapping

Best present you ever received?
I've received a few great design books… “the pantone guide to communicating with color” – by Latrice Eiseman was a very useful one

Worst present you ever received?
every year i receive white tube socks. i never wear white socks...ever.

3 favorite songs of '06?

Computer World-Kraftwerk
Sugar and Whitebread-G/L/A/S/S/C/A/N/D/Y
You Reached For The Stars-Twink

Favorite album of the year?
anything by bright eyes… I adore him

Best live show you saw this year?
Joe Jack Talcum (of the dead milkmen)- at the Talking Head

Favorite holiday song and artist?
Chestnuts Roasting-Bing Crosby

Best present you ever received?
Joy Division Box Set

Worst present you ever received?
Beanbag frogs only to be topped by Rock’m Sock’m Robots-My parents were broke that year.

3 favorite songs of '06?

When You Were Young- the Killers
Oxygen- Willy Mason
Bullets- Editors

Favorite album of the year?
The Back Room- Editors

Best live show you saw this year?
The Mishaps, 7‰ release (I haven't gone to many shows this year)

Favorite holiday song and artist?
Father Christmas - the Kinks

Best present you ever received?
A hand knit Harry Potter scarf.

Worst present you ever received?
A package of drinking straws.

The Twelve Bands of Christmas
Day 1: Telograph
Day 2: AVEC
Day 3: The Hard Tomorrows
Day 4: Middle Distance Runner
Day 5: Thrushes
Day 6: Georgie James
Day 7: Exit Clov
Day 8: Jette-Ives
Day 9: These United States
Day 10: Cedars
Day 11: Two if by Sea
Day 12: Soft Complex

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