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The Get Togethers

Texas-Tennessee hybrid rockers The Get Togethers reveal strength in fragility.

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The Get Togethers

What is it about the Lone Star State that spawns female singer/songwriters with such fragile, delicate, vulnerable voices? What is it about Nashville that breeds intuitive instrumentalists that can translate heartache, despair, hope and redemption from emotions into music? Texas and Tennessee have always been at their best when walking side-by-side (Sam Houston and Davy Crockett come to mind). And so it is that indie alt-rockers The Get Togethers have quietly exploded into my consciousness.

Fronted by the former Bethany Gray, now Frazier (she’s married to the band’s guitarist Daniel Frazier), The Get Together’s debut independent project, Home As In Houston, chronicles a year in the younger Miss Gray’s tumultuous adolescent life (I won’t ruin it for you, but suffice it to say it involved everything from an affair gone wrong to a head-on collision). Laid out chronologically, the project contains twelve songs, appropriately titled after the months of the year; January, February, March, April…you get the picture.

If you check out the band’s bio on their official website, you might get the impression that Home As In Houston would be a downer album, full of angst and whine, sort of like a Southwestern Americana version of Alanis Morissette. Nothing could be further from the truth. Yes, the lyrics are at times raw and bleeding, but those lyrics are also poetic, lilting and at times quietly transcendent, under-girded by clean, crisp melodies that shape and enhance the vocals. Drummer extraordinaire Kayce Grossman and bassman Andrew Frazier (Daniel’s brother) lay down a subtle, yet thick foundation for guitarist Daniel to build on, and Bethany’s survivor vocals tie it all together.

I hate to compare artists; you know, that whole ‘if you like so-and-so, you’ll love so-and-so.’ But simply saying, ‘Hey, these kids are great! You should totally go out and buy their album,’ doesn’t give you much to go on either. So, here goes: if you like Death Cab for Cutie, Leigh Nash, Rocket Summer, Florence and the Machine or Sixpence None the Richer, chances are you’ll dig The Get Togethers.

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