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
- she even invited the other
with previously unheard
dynamics from the indie
on various tracks, another
example of their increasing collaboration.
Bellemeade, Reed Four's
Plans for the new material
as a vehicle for Reed's
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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