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NEWS4U SEPTEMBER 2019 | MUSIC

REED FOUR WOLF PACK MENTALITY: EVANSVILLE INDIE ROCKERS RETURN WITH BITE ON THE DRIVING "COCOON" Sometimes life gets in the way of things - especially creative

Yeah Yeah Yeahs-esque chorus with Reed chanting "You've got

pursuits. Projects get put on the backburner for an undetermined

the wolf in your mind," displaying an attitude previously missing

amount of time, though the ideas keep churning in the mind,

on earlier recordings.

just waiting to be realized. Few people know this better than the members of Reed Four, one of Evansville's most interesting

Much of Reed's newfound confidence can be attributed to

original bands, currently on the comeback trail thanks to the

working with local producer Steve Tyner who schooled the

monster single "Cocoon," an apt title considering all has been

band on how to get the most out of their sound. "I had little

quiet on the quartet's front for the last few years. Why? Well, life.

experience in the studio," she explains, "but by the end I knew

Frontwoman Andria Reed became a mom; drummer Matthew

exactly how I needed to sing into a mic - I had to learn how

Hyneman got married; bassist/synth player Josh Case moved

to play the microphone." Recording for the six-song project

house and guitarist Joe

actually began over 18

Vowels kept busy coming

months ago but with a

up with killer riffs like the

baby coming early, Reed

one that powers "Cocoon"

pulled the plug, returning

from beginning to end,

to finish vocals this summer

ebbing

- she even invited the other

and

flowing

with previously unheard

members

to

harmonize

dynamics from the indie

on various tracks, another

rock group.

example of their increasing collaboration.

2016's

Bedford

to

Bellemeade, Reed Four's

Plans for the new material

debut

range

album,

served

as a vehicle for Reed's

from

trickling

singles out while the band

songwriting and an outlet for her personal struggles. A solid folk-

continues writing together to releasing an EP. Either way, there's

rock collection that drew praise from all corners, it was effectively

much to look forward to with "Cocoon" recently tapped by

a solo effort with musical input from Case, Hyneman and Vowels.

regional filmmakers to appear in Morbid Colors, a dark vampire

"Cocoon," however, marks an evolution in the band's creative

flick that should see release in the next couple of months (stay

process. "This was much more of a group writing effort," Hyneman

tuned for more info). And keep your eye out for a possible live

explains. "We all got to chip in." And it shows. Described by Case

performance or two as the new year approaches. All in good

as the band's own "We Will Rock You," the song initially bubbles

time, according to Reed Four. "We just want to put out things

to the surface via his nautical sound effects before Vowels'

that we like and hope that someone else likes it as well. We are

driving, repeating riff subtly falls in line with Hyneman's pulsing

experiencing our lives and that's the most important part."

backbeat and Reed's vocals burst through as though she's been startled awake. All four members duly crash in for the full-on,

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