You Can Be A Wesley
.Boston-based indie-pop lovers You Can Be A Wesley are pleased to announce their much-anticipated Nightosphere EP which will be available November 1, 2011. To celebrate the release, Cambridge, MA can catch You Can Be A Wesley on November 1 at Middle East Upstairs for the EP release party.
You Can Be A Wesley is a group of Bostonians that join a long legacy of sonic-barrier-breaking musicians, from The Pixies to The Modern Lovers, and they’ve been making well-crafted, cheerful-yet-grungy pop songs since their days in a BU dorm room. They’ve since graduated to the “Wesley House,” which serves as both their home and their jam palace, and is where they wrote the songs on Nightosphere.
You Can Be A Wesley make classic indie rock—melodic, lyric driven songs with finely tuned layers of guitar, bass and drums—in the style of bands like Broken Social Scene and Deerhunter. On Nightosphere, Untracht-Oakner’s young, clear voice seems to slip seamlessly through the chords and beats. On “Talking Science,” the melody modulates between meditative quiet and joyous chorus, while on “Giants,” the guitars are muddier, and the vocals a little more strained, like the excitement of the song gets ahead of Untacht-Oakner in the best way. The thing about You Can Be A Wesley’s songs isn’t one part on it’s own, but rather, the way the members work together.
“The great thing about living together,” says Untracht-Oakner, “is that we all listen to the same records at the same time in our living room.” This has given the band, which is comprised of Untracht-Oakner, Winston Macdonald, Nick Curran and Dylan Ramsey, a unique creative singularity, allowing them to hone in on their shared interests and build their songs around the effects. After self-releasing their debut record, Heard Like Us, You Can Be A Wesley raised the money for Nightosphere on crowd-funding site Kickstarter, which allowed them to record at the church/movie theater/possible freemason hangout and now recording studio 1867 with engineer Chris McLaughlin. “Chris pushed us to find new textures and sounds and really made sure we captured the feel of the songs,” Untracht-Oakner says, which all move through their verses and choruses like living, breathing things—totally organically.
It’s this comfort that surely lends the band’s songs their tenderness and their sense of freedom. This freedom has allowed You Can Be a Wesley to truly grow as a band and explore the boundaries of their various talents, something that is apparent on the record. “We hate each other, we love each other, we fart on each other,” is how Untracht-Oakner puts it, and you can tell.