It has never been the intention of this website to review or analyze music in writing, but in this instance I will go so far as to say that the strength of Brent Walsh’s voice in person almost knocked the camera out of my hands. To his and all of I the Mighty’s fans’ benefit, this talent is complimented by the top-notch musicianship exemplified by his band mates—check out bassist Chris Hinkley’s frenetic fingers in the video above. That said, who is I the Mighty?
Earlier in January, we had a chance to hang out with Brian Marquis (ex-Therefore I Am). Brian had a lot on his plate back then—he was in the midst of a regional acoustic tour—but it looks like he’ll be even busier this summer! Today, via Facebook, Brian announced that he will not only be performing on the entire Warped Tourcircuit in 2012, but he will also be producing an entire acoustic stage.
Those of us who inexplicably choose to inhabit cold, windy, and wet urban areas during the winter months witness the cycle of winter from a unique perspective. First the snow falls and accumulates, then turns to a ubiquitous and semi-permanent white crust and ice combination, then gets covered in dirt, garbage and traffic exhaust, only to finally melt away, reluctantly exposing the raw earth that had been layered beyond recognition, awaiting the nourishing power of spring. Singer / songwriter Brian Marquis’ (Therefore I Am) term for this final stage is “snow damage,” a term that doubles as the title of his first EP as a solo musician. As you will see below, the stages required for snow damage to occur are not just limited to music, nor is the concept of snow damage restricted to the tangible arena.
Musicians are insanely devoted people – there’s no other explanation for the amount of will poured into their unpromising craft and equivocal pain felt and when the vehicle for that craft crashes and burns. After the implosion of his previous outfit left Brian disoriented and disillusioned, he migrated west to sunny Los Angeles to remedy his wounds and re-discover his appreciation for music. But moving as far away from Boston as possible while remaining in the continental U.S. wasn’t the only drastic change Marquis underwent. He switched from being one member in a band to a solo singer/songwriter armed with nothing but an acoustic guitar. He gladly departed from the world of record labels and managers to a more simplistic lifestyle where he gets to be his own boss. Most importantly, he crested the suffocating anxiety caused by trying to “make it” as a musician.
Now in his 30s, Marquis is noticeably calm for someone who once played in a hardcore band. But content does not mean idle. Since re-emerging from his hibernation as a solo artist, Brian has gotten back to basics, the type that had him voluntarily playing for hours as a child. He’s also aiming to become a better guitar player: “When you’re touring so much, I felt like I was good at playing our songs, but I was a bad guitar player” he says. These skills are much more audible and open to critique when not smothered by effects and other instruments, just one factor that’s contributed to Brian also being nervous on stage for the first time in his life.
Cozy up with original tune “84 Rookie Card” and his cover of Thrice’s “Digging My Own Grave” in IAtv’s first ever post-redeye flght morning session, and pick up a copy of Brian’s Snow Damage EP if you like what you hear!