Local band Hi-Fidelity will take a break from writing and recording Friday night to play a downtown Jamestown gig.
Made up of area residents Aaron Young, Dave Meger, Colin Braeger and Kenny Hultin, Hi-Fidelity will play on the sports bar side of The Q, beginning at 12:15 a.m. The band will follow acoustic act Onomatopoeia and alternative rockers Beyond The Illusion.
Hi-Fidelity formed in 2006 as a three-piece band with Young on guitar and lead vocals, Braeger on bass and vocals, and Meger on drums. Hultin joined the band six months ago on keyboard.
Aaron Young and Hi-Fidelity will play at The Q on Friday night.
Photo by Nicholena K. Moon
"Being a three-piece with just bass, guitar and drums, there has always been a lack of depth in our live shows," Braeger said. "If you listen to just about any three-piece band's record, there's always another guitar part, keyboard part or things hidden in the background that give it depth and emotion and more to the music than the members are. We've been searching for that for several years, and we've finally got it in the live sets. Kenny has given us more depth, but he has also challenged us to write more interesting parts. Not only that, but having another good musician on stage can never hurt."
Like many performers, the Hi-Fidelity musicians hate to describe their own sound. Braeger uses the terms "alternative" and "experimental" on promotional materials, but said the band floats between multiple genres.
"We've got softer songs and heavier songs," he said. "We have songs that are really kind of ambient and spacey. Then we have songs that are really straight forward, punk rock songs. We haven't really committed to just one place yet."
Hi-Fidelity released a CD called "The Beginning" in 2009, which is on iTunes, and has another CD in the works.
After playing cover songs for a couple of years, the band decided to take a different direction.
"We wanted to write songs," Braeger said. "We wanted to be on more of the artist side than the entertainment side of being musicians. We've been playing shows for free in basements and churches and places like that just so we can play originals."
In the band's early songwriting stages, Young would bring completed songs to practices. As time went by, Hi-Fidelity began writing songs as a group.
"The last four or five songs we've written, we've written 100 percent together," Braeger said. "Even the lyrics, we kind of sit around and poke words back and forth to each other and get ideas on every aspect of the song. I think that's been a much more fruitful process for us, as opposed to taking one idea and running with it."
The band is currently working on the studio process. Braeger has studio gear and will record and produce the CD.
"We're planning on slowing things down, being picky and pulling our hair out over this one for a while," he said. "Our goals are to write songs that mean things to us and to enjoy playing them in whatever capacity we choose. We're not going out there to take over the world. We're not going to climb in a van and not shower for three weeks at a time. We're just going to write songs that we like, and when we have a chance to play them, we'll play them."
Hi-Fidelity plans to play a 45-minute set of all originals Friday night, focusing on the songs it does best.
Onomatopoeia will perform on the sports bar side first, beginning at 9:15. Beyond The Illusion will follow at 10:45. DJ Jimmy Whispas will provide music simultaneously on The Q's night club side from 9-2.
The Q is located at 104 W. Second St., Jamestown. Admittance to the 18-and-over show will be free before 10.
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