First a big screen hunk, now a hockey superstar — why Swayze and Gretzky? Guitarist Drew Johnston: Both words just sound really appealing on a linguistic level, regardless of any connotations they may exude. Obviously we don’t have lyrics or any kind of social/political agenda as an instrumental band, so we had to create concepts that would resonate with people. For some inexplicable reason, two-syllable last names containing Y and Z seem to do the trick. It’s total nonsense; both titles are basically non-sequiturs and do not relate to anything musically or personally. The enunciation of the last names themselves and the aesthetic value of how they may be perceived are undeniably endearing to us... we didn’t want typical or pretentious titles for our releases, so it was important to choose something bold but totally goofballs.
How do you feel the lack of low end contributes to your acoustic aesthetic? We’ve never really consciously strived to avoid having a bassist — it had more to do with complacency and circumstance than any kind of aesthetic choice... we’ve adapted our sound naturally over time to be concentrated in the lower registers of the guitar to compensate for the lack of bass. People have told us we sound fine without a bassist, but personally I hear it as a handicap... I came to realise first-hand the density and impact a bass guitar can provide in context, and to extend that "luxury” to EQ would give the guitars more freedom to explore independent phrasings and counterpoint punctuated by a real rhythm section keeping the low-end jet stream intact... we have enough momentum behind us at this point to at least experiment with the idea. (Willowtip)
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