On Thursday, Boise-based band Bankdrummer Brent Berg, brothers Dan on guitar and Andrew Keck on bass sharing vocal duties and lead guitarist Steven Pecka—kicks off a new tour on their way to Eudora, Kansas where they'll work with producer Ed Rose to finish their new release, Beginnings. When asked how they feel about travel and touring, Berg said, "We feel more comfortable out on the road." Dan added, "It's an adventure. [Driving between shows] is fun. We have a TV [in the van] and we have Guitar Hero." Of course they do.
The chemistry among the band members that allows for long strife-free hours on the road is clearly evident in their music. Though the copy of Beginnings that they'll be giving away with each purchase (through Myspace.com/BankTheBand) of a ticket to Friday's show is in pre-production (and therefore not polished), it's a good example of the ability of this Northwest indie-rock band to weave and blend harmonies, melodies and beats above, beneath and all around Dan's honest, lovely lyrics.
In "Rebecca Let's Go," Dan nearly whispers over a melancholy piano line: "Awake my dear, you need to know / All the things you want are yours / Take my words and hold them tight / I will always stay by your side. On "Black VW," grungy guitars, poppy cymbals and a steady drum beat accompany " ... just you and me on a drive to the edge of Seattle / and I laugh and you smile as the white lines and semis pass us by."
"I'll spend time at home working on ideas," Dan said. "The band will take the simple lyrics and melodies I have and make an amazing song. It really becomes a song when it's touched by these guys."
Oct. 26, 7 p.m., In:Aviate, Bank, Building a Better You, Tuscan Red. Tickets are $10, but through Myspace.com/BanktTheBand, you'll receive a copy of Beginnings. The Venue, 521 Broad St., BoiseVenue.com.