by Laura Yorke
From performing at open mic nights, jamming in a basement and playing real gigs, String Theory has grown to become a solid act. Formed in August of 2008, they played their first show at The Guild in Charlottetown and after that they had a show almost every week for three months.
Jamie Crawford, Nathan Gill, Josh Simon, Simon Joseph and Mike Carver gather in Carver’s basement to practice. The walls are covered with U2, Jimi Hendrix and The Strokes. It’s not hard to see the band draws from many different artists, even more so once you listen to them.
“We all have very different styles. It technically shouldn’t come together because it’s so different,” said Simon.
But, somehow, it does. Switching things up doesn’t seem to hurt either.
“[‘Good As Gone’] was a totally different song four months ago,” said Carver.
The guys will even take on one another’s individual styles. “’None of That’ is a song I wrote pretending to be Nathan,” said Crawford.
The band does have three guitar players, though, and sometimes it can get a little tricky, said Gill. “We’re still a new band, still trying to work that stuff out.” The key, he said, is to cut back and try to pick and choose who plays on what songs, rather than trying to fit three guitar parts into every song. This avoids a cluttered sound and a cluttered stage as the boys often play small venues around Charlottetown.
“The last show we played at Hunter’s I was getting hit in the neck by his guitar, and his guitar,” said Crawford as he gestured to his bandmates. But even getting hit by a guitar couldn’t throw these guys off. They tend to laugh at mistakes and move on from them easily.
When Joseph’s patch cord fell out at a show, Crawford reacted quickly. “I just looked back and Simon’s looking down at his bass. I had to cover for him on guitar.”
This kind of chemistry shows even in practice. When someone hits the wrong note, they just laugh and keep going. It probably has something to do with the fact that the guys have been friends since high school. “It’s just like hanging out while playing music,” said Simon.
Recently, the band has been recording their first EP, entitled, We Don’t Want Your Money. It comes from a lyric in their song “Cap Gun” and it is also a reference to their independence. “We’re going to try to do it all by ourselves so it won’t cost so much and we’re going to give it out for free,” said Crawford.
With this kind of do-it-yourself approach to music, it’s clear String Theory can only go further.