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What I Learned at Bandcamp: Sketching in Stereo

Sketching in Stereo, Interview, Bandcamp

Sketching in Stereo has been playing around the Valley for nearly seven years but will play it’s final live show this Friday, Jan. 24 at Last Exit Live.

The band originated in Tucson but has spent all but one year of its existence living and performing out of Phoenix. In 2007, it released its debut album, Fools Love Charades, and followed that with 2009’s Technicolor Dreams. In May 2013, Sketching in Stereo released its final album (at least for a while), Watching. Waiting. Wanting.. Each of the albums is available for purchase and streaming on Bandcamp.

The Spec caught up with Sketching in Stereo before its final show, read what the band had to say below, and don’t forget to catch them live on Friday, Jan. 24…

Tell us a little about yourselves…
The band features drums, keys, bass, guitar and vocals, but we do not have a traditional bassist.  Our keyboardist, Chris Romero, plays bass and synth simultaneously on his keyboard making for a fascinating visual at live shows. Check out this video for an example.

Who/what are your influences?
Like every band we have a wide variety of influences, but generally we mix a healthy blend of 90’s grunge rock and progressive rock.

What is your favorite song you’ve released and why?
We’re going to cheat and choose three songs from our latest album — “If Time Could Save,” “End Of The World,” and “Pendulum.”  These songs best capture our idea of quintessential Sketching In Stereo.  They have a wide range of dynamics, they showcase our individual musical talents, yet they remain accessible to the average listener who just loves a catchy melody.

Upcoming projects, where do you want to go from here?
With our singer/songwriter/guitarist Rob Howlett moving to Bermuda at the end of January, our live shows will come to an end, but the music will not.  All of us have recording equipment, which allows us to continue writing new music.  Technology has so drastically changed the creation of music that any group of people in the universe can start a band and write great songs as long as there’s an Internet connection.

What inspires your music?
We like to test the limits of our musical abilities by writing songs that challenge us, but not to the detriment of the song or listener’s experience.  Our inspiration becomes reality when we write a song that is complex but sounds effortless.

What musicians or bands do you look up to?
All of us view Muse as a band well worth looking up to.  Years ago we saw them play at Celebrity Theater while promoting their album Absolution and that solidified our admiration.  We also have a close relationship with the band Dream Theater.  Our keyboardist Chris works for them as a music transcriber and assistant to Jordan Rudess.

Why do you make music?
Music, the songs we create, the friends we meet along the way, the countless adventures we have — it makes our lives meaningful in this vast sea of randomness and confusion that is the world.  Things change, but we can always rely on our love of music to find happiness.

Anything else you’d like readers to know that we haven’t asked you about?
Please check out our website

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