Edison Chair is the kind of band you can’t forget after you catch them live.
Perhaps it’s because the members have been performing together in various configurations for years, the culmination of their musical pursuits being Edison Chair.
When the band hits the stage, it feels like you are peering into the living room of a massive musical family gathering, fully equipped with candid banter and mind melting indie-pop sonic vibrations.
Edison Chair is a sort of ‘large ensemble’ rock band. With six members sprawling across the stage at every show, their sound is nothing less than monumental. The band heightens their ’60’s influenced sound by playing through vintage instruments and amps. Martin Aker is the lead guitar player, providing an individual style steeped in amazing blues rock riff-age. Rachel Thompson and Ellen Gruber lead on vocals with powerful, unique harmonies. Rachel’s abilities are immediately impressive, displaying vocal prowess in an outward hard rock style. Ellen is her perfect match, bringing a robust yet agile soprano tone to their harmonic relationship. Wes Armstrong is the tightest drummer in Austin, livening songs with auxiliary percussion and low, lush harmonies. Wes Ballew tickles the Nord Electro and his expansive chord progressions and complex solos add warmth through the vintage Leslie speaker that accompanies him. Jacob Draper is the glue that holds the band together, laying down insane bass lines and deeply fattening the group’s catchy songwriting with his virtuosic playing style.
If you have yet to hear or see Edison Chair, you should remedy that issue immediately. If you like magnetic live performance, undeniable chemistry, masterful harmonies, and songs that will forever be stuck in your head and heart, Edison Chair is your band.