Well folks, we’ve turned over a new leaf here in Assuage and what we’ve found on the other side appears to be quite promising. Presenting Biography 2.0, catching you up on everything that’s happened in Assuage since The Infinity EP was released.
As of this writing, it’s been just over a year since the EP release show. Since then we’ve played through a successful string of shows at great local venues like The Larimer Lounge, The Meadowlark, Cervantes, and The Denver Art Society (with repeat offenses thrown in to boot). Apparently, we can even be heard on local radio from time to time, just never when we’re actually listening though… ah, vanity.
The biggest news though has to be the addition of a new member to our ranks. Straight out the city of fountains, the Midwest madman, the sonic sodomizer himself… ladies and germs, the one, the only, Mr. Tanner Wright.
Tanner is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and all around mothafucka who’s helping us take our existing music to new territory. As if that weren’t enough, he’s also been collaborating and contributing to new compositions and just helping to progress the band in general. He has played a couple of awesome shows with us already and we’re hot on the heels of a rip-roaring Underground Music Showcase spot! Now we keep on trucking, future-bound, through more shows, spectacles, and sonic spheres.
Yessiree, a whole new world of musical possibilities has opened up right before our ears. So, once again, it’s time for Assuage to evolve. Stay tuned.
(If you’d like to read the previous biography chronicling the screaming, bloody genesis of Assuage… why?)
Meet the team
Nicotine and Low Frequency Beatings
I was 14 when I first picked up a guitar, and I have been obsessed with music ever since. I have played in a variety of rock and metal bands, all the while producing electronic and hip-hop compositions. I have no formal music training as I have always learned Music Theory from books, A LOT of books. After moving to Denver in late 2011, I continued my musical studies, hoping to make proper use of them someday. That is when I met Coby, and later Chris Torres, drummer extraordinaire. I expressed my interest in Assuage to Chris and Kevin one day over car-bombs and at last, they agreed to a try-out. Since then, it has been all ass shakin' and ground breakin' as I learn a new style and gain exponential experience each time we play. I fell in love with Assuage's music instantly, and I will strive every day to bring that feeling of overwhelming joy to anyone daring enough to listen to our 12 minute songs ;)
Battery and Sonic Assualt
I began playing drums back in 2004, when I started exploring my kit and taking lessons. I've been influenced by hip hop and rock n roll since I was a kid, but in my teenage years I was highly influenced by heavy metal. From an early age I began playing in a couple of hardcore and death metal outfits from 2004-2007, becoming exposed to the live music scene in Denver. Upon moving to Boulder for school I developed a deep connection with jazz, and after hearing some jazz-influenced metal music I discovered the reach that jazz had into modern styles such as hip hop and drum n bass. Since then I have been delving into different areas of percussion and rhythm, constantly exploring the fusion of different styles and genres.
Tones and Soulful Groans
Music, science, math, animals, and art have always played a big role in my life. At an early age the first instrument that ever reached my arms was the violin and that was the start of my musical journey. From that moment on I have always been inspired and intrigued by music. It was always so intimate to play with others because it was a form of communication beyond words. The violin led me to learn how to sing and play the piano. It also initiated an inspiration for me to compose music during my adolescent years. I am sincerely an avid supporter for creativity and a better understanding of the world. I am thankful that music has become integrated into my life as it will always have something to teach me, be around to comfort me as I age, and bring people together.
Strings and Various Things
Music and Art have been in my mind since I have possessed a mind. Life simply has not existed separate of them. Piano lessons were my introduction to the form and figure of music. Punk rock and hardcore changed the game- words meant something, actions were an honest representation of your soul, and dedication was the only requirement to participate. Drums were in, bass and guitar followed shortly after. Heavy metal furthered my aural explorations and sustained my musical ambitions, rounding out the solid backbone of my musings and consuming my life in flames ever since. All the while Rock n' Roll, Classical, and Soul music jockeyed for limited listening time. Jazz, World, and Electronica have since rooted themselves to me as well. Currently the pursuit of intoxicating original music, language, and arrangements of physical mediums is where I seek (and sometimes find) joy. It is where personal understanding of the world around me is glimpsed, but never completely attained. For my part, Assuage isn't just a band or an art project, but a vehicle for perception and a way to transmit what I think I have learned back to the endless void which someday will engulf us all. Nature is understanding evolving towards perfection, we are trying to keep pace. Sound is the amorphous zen-perfect representation of a dynamic world, syntax made to be broken. I thank my parents for immersing me in music and my band mates for sharing in it.