Playful and vibrant, his orchestra swept into the studio toting erudite appellations and festive decorations, full of big smiles and a fun attitude.
Accessibly extroverted, the crew of his orchestra actively cultivates a warm, attractive vibe in their banter of camaraderie, which involved the innocuous singing of Disney songs as well as the original game, ‘If you were a television channel, what channel would you be?’
Managed by Simon Bennett (who also tour manages The Raveonettes, Jesus and Mary Chain and be your own PET) there’s not a lot of press out there about the band or its members. We learned they were formerly known as Goodbye Ian. Some say their sound’s like Snow Patrol, Bright Eyes, Sufjan Stevens or even a smaller version of The Polyphonic Spree. The lead singer, Douglas, acts as the son on HBO’s Big Love. And Raviv, the drummer, plays the lead on Disney’s Phil of the Future. Cellist Kestrin has toured with Beck and Cary Brothers. The other band members of his orchestra are Whitney, female vocalist and keyboard player, Winthrop on the bass, and Paul on violin. All on target in their performances, it’s likely in this bunch that they, too, flash impressive acting and music resumes.
Interestingly, his orchestra quotes ecstatic poet, Hafiz on their Myspace page and references Nikola Tesla, Van Dyke Parks, Winston Churchill, and director Ken Kwapis, among others, as influential to their music. Perplexing perhaps, but their intellectually inculcated, self-described ‘happy sound’ is right on the money.
his orchestra is a stimulating blend, a musical half-decaf 2% Ethiopian latte with a dollop of real whipped cream and some jimmies on top. Yum!
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