My Double, My Brother
By Ashley Bennett
Joel Hasemeyer (vocals, guitar), Andy Leong (guitar, glockenspiel, percussion, vocals), Evan Eliason (bass, vocals), Beau Knechte (keyboard, French horn, glockenspiel, vocals), Matt Bushyeager (drums, percussion and vocals).
CITIES OF ORIGIN:
Riverside, Whittier and Long Beach.
What We Found Beneath the Ground (2011).
Arcade Fire, Death Cab for Cutie, Fleet Foxes, T.S. Eliot, mewithoutYou, Anathallo, Andrew Bird, Kurt Vonnegut, W.S. Merwin, Animal Collective, Sufjan Stevens and the friends and family members that we love.
Now and again you might feel the urge to listen to music about broken relationships and teenage dreams but sometimes you need a change in melody; something with substance. My Double, My Brother provides just that in the form of an interesting mix between mellow indie tunes and the inspiration of 19th century French poet Charles Baudelaire and his poem “To the Reader.”
Joel Hasemeyer is quite the fan of Baudelaire and uses the conclusion of the poem to connect with the band’s overall goal for its music. “I really like [Baudelaire’s] idea of the space between the artist and viewer becoming prevalent. However, while Baudelaire seems to be a lot more confrontational in his approach, I think for us it is more of an invitation to our listener. It’s an invitation to come into our lives and to come into our various experiences and through that, maybe we can enter into our listener’s life,” says Hasemeyer.
Don’t worry, this band isn’t a group of musical and poetic hipsters trying to tell you how to live life via Baudelaire. My Double, My Brother simply invokes the use of written art to inspire its own purely melodic music, creating such oddly optimistic tunes for your listening pleasure. Because of this, the group easily fits into all sorts of venue spots.
From festivals to dive bars, My Double, My Brother is passionate about spreading its music everywhere. “We like to play music wherever people like us to play music. We hope to bring lots of energy to our shows [to match] a certain type of intimacy and honesty in our performance. Our sound is a sort of eclectic, alternative indie rock. We use lots of different instrumentation and have lots of different percussive sounds mixed with vocal harmonies,” says Hasemeyer.
The band’s next performance will be on stage of the ever popular venue Back to the Grind with a few other indie bands. But before that rolls around, check out My Double, My Brother’s YouTube channel to get a taste of what the band’s performances are all about. While you view various live and “re-imagined” videos of various songs, I’m going to give them a thumb up for the use of a glockenspiel. (Ashley Bennett)
My Double, My Brother with Preacher’s Sons, Paulie Pesh and The Lawlands at Back to the Grind, 3575 University Ave., Riverside, (951) 784-0800; www.back2thegrind.com. Fri, March 30. 8pm.