By Rachel Weight
Meet brothers Tim and Josh Eymann, who along with Dave Haq met in 2004 and formed Springtime Is Wartime in an effort to fuse the rhythmic slide of James Brown, the sly style of Thelonius Monk, the latin snap of Tito Puente, and “hammer of the gods” abuse of intruments to create a sound to rumble the kids’ bellies. Add lyrics inspired by literature from the Bible to a Gerard Manley Hopkins poem, and you have a sound that’s clearly too cool for State Street—as if the guys even wanted to play there. They released their first CD, The Halo is Lit Tonight, in November and hopes travel sometime this summer to promote their record.
Springtime Is Wartime has also invited their longtime friends from Chico, The Americas, a duo that relies on the expressive playing and singing of Travis Wuerthner on guitar and vocals and Casey Deitz on drums. Yeah, there are only two guys in this band, but since they formed in 2001 they’ve put seven West coast and two national tours under their belt. They’re promoting their third release, Jollaluyah, the three-song EP that highlights texture over the noisy experimentalism of their previous records. Check out “As of Yet” on their Myspace. You’ll wish they’d let you click “download.”
Kyle and Jake form Stationary Legs, another two-piece intricate hard rock band joining the America’s on their ambitious West coast tour. A year and a half after their first EP, titled We Suck Souls Through Pee-Holes, they’ve already released the EP Mariana’s Trench and are writing for a future full-length release.
Go check out the $5 all-ages show at 8 p.m., January 30 at Muddy Waters, 508 E. Haley, to see if Springtime is Wartime makes good on their promise to make the 500 block of Haley cooler than State Street by 2010.