While many three-piece groups run the risk of leaving gaps in songs due to limited instrumentation at times, Three Imaginary Boys has no trouble as a trio.
We're proud of being a three-piece band, and we like to have that come across in everything we do, lead vocalist Tim Husty said.
The band has been on the local scene for six years, and in addition to 22-year-old Husty, who also plays drums and guitar, there's his 25-year-old brother Rob on lead and rhythm guitar and vocals and 21-year-old Mike Wintermute on bass, keyboards and vocals. All are from Wilkes-Barre.
Three Imaginary Boys recently released its second full-length album, People Wearing Masks, which is available at local music stores today. The release party will take place Dec. 7 at Brews Brothers West in Luzerne.
As a group the guys pump out rock, but each has his own musical tastes. Tim gravitates toward jazz, Rob toward blues and Wintermute toward experimental and alternative sounds, with each citing classic rock as a definitive influence as well.
We very much focus on vocal performances, Tim said. We love harmonies. We draw from The Beatles; we draw from other three-piece bands like The Who, The Police. We're all about vocals and three-piece power.
We're also drum-driven, Wintermute said. With a three-piece band you have to do what you can with the drums. They have to be just right because they're defining the rhythm of the songs.
The look is also important, Wintermute said. We all dress in black to look professional. We take ourselves seriously, but not too much. We switch instruments when we're playing. We go out into the crowd.
People Wearing Masks is proof of how the group has evolved since its first full-length album Going Up? The role of bass player has switched to Wintermute, and the guys now have what Tim calls a tight-knit group dynamic.
The album has been in the works for a little more than a year, and Tim Husty calls it rock-driven, though some tracks go the way of acoustic and jazz. A track to keep an ear out for is Some Other Day, which holds meaning to all the members.
There's a chorus at the end, and it's all family members, Rob Husty said. It's our grandparents, aunts, uncles, so it's very special to us.
Hit up the River Street Jazz Caf√© in Plains Township at 10 tonight to hear Dopapod, an experimental funk-rock band from Brooklyn. Tickets are $10.
Tomorrow night, the beats will be heavy at 9:30 inside Ole Tyme Charley's, also in Plains Township, when DJs Spinnit, Fiyawerx, Seannyboy, and Tricky drop the best of house and tribal music.
If a road trip is in order, Front Street Station in Northumberland is the place to be at 8 p.m. tomorrow. Drums-based rock band The Sunset Villains will open for The Badlees.
What: Three Imaginary Boys People Wearing Masks release party
When: 9:30 p.m. Dec. 7
Where: Brews Brothers West, 75 Main St., Luzerne