WANT TO GO?
Farnsworth in-store EP release appearance
WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday
WHERE: Budget Tapes and Records, 3708 MacCorkle Ave. SE
COST: Free. (EPs $7)
INFO: 304-925-8273CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- They say you can't judge a book by its cover, but sometimes a CD cover is a different story. The cover of "I'll Tell You When I've Had Enough," the debut EP from local rock duo Farnsworth, encapsulates everything Chris Vance and Jason Reese are about: classic rock records and rocking out.
On the cover, Vance and Reese are pictured at their rehearsal spot, Reese at the drum kit and Vance, the singer-guitarist, on the floor amidst a sea of bottles and records from their favorite rock bands: Free, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and Grand Funk Railroad, among others.
Talking over the phone from Reese's apartment, the pair said the cover is wholly indicative of what they're all about and that their in-store EP release performance at Budget Tapes and Records Friday brings them back to what helped bring them together: the records.
"All of the albums on the cover are big time, huge influences on us," Reese said.
Both musicians collect vinyl, and Vance said they bonded at the record store before they became a band.
"What's funny about having the release show at Budget is that's where we first started getting together," he said. "We'd meet at Budget once every couple of weeks, and go through the record bin and talk about bands that we like like Free, Lee Michaels, Deep Purple and Mountain.
"That was that was a big thing for Jason and I getting together; we would just talk albums. And Jason has the best record collection I have ever seen." Vance said with emphasis and awe.
Fast forward to the present. After starting out with a bassist last year, Farnsworth is now stripped down and back to raw rock and roll roots, Vance said.
"It's a chemistry thing," he said of his and Reese's musical bond. "From the first time I played guitar with other people, it'd be just me and a drummer jamming. And it's funny now that Jason and I are in Farnsworth together, because that's how I got my start -- just jamming with a drummer. There's just something really raw and primal about that connection."
"It's a little different; it's freeing," Reese said of the configuration. "When we had a bassist, I just played in the pocket. I didn't really branch out or do anything flashy. There's more sound to fill out."
While citing more contemporary influences and favorites like Buffalo Killers, The Suede Brothers and Shepherdstown's The Demon Beat, Vance recalled a particularly transformative experience seeing a two-piece rock band as a teen.