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Meet the Band: Lush Progress

A look at a band with local ties.

By Times Staff Writer
Published January 11, 2007


THE BAND: Drew Cutler, guitar and vocals; Bob Massicotte, bass; Adam Husarek, guitar and vocals; Mark Feinman, drums; and Tom Kersey, cello and keyboards.

AVAILABLE NOW: The LP Vigorously Growing Improvement (2004) is available from iTunes.

A DECADE TO PREPARE: "Adam and I have been playing together since we were 15 years old," Cutler said. "That's about 10 years. The band's been together since 2004. We changed members a lot. "

MUSIC SCHOLARS: The whole group met at the University of South Florida; all of them were in the music program.

SOUR GRAPES SWEETENED: "They started the band, and I wasn't in it," said Massicotte, who graduated with a music education degree. "I got upset in music theory class and was like, 'You have a rock band and didn't tell me about that?' "

GUINEA PIGS IN A FAILED EXPERIMENT: "We played the Reservoir Bar (in Ybor City). We were the first and last band to play there, I think. It just didn't work. People were walking out," Husarek said.

INCOMPARABLE: "We're not by any means comparable to what's trendy now," Husarek said. "Our influences are classic-rock-based. Drew and I, as far as songwriting and what we're inspired by goes, we're influenced by bands like Pink Floyd and the Beatles, and even the Beach Boys and Brian Wilson. The most modern bands we're influenced by are bands that have been around and are still around for a while, like the Flaming Lips and Radiohead."

WHAT SETS THEM APART? "I think solos," Massicotte said.

Husarek: "You don't really hear a lot of guitar solo bands on the radio now. It's kind of old hat . . . I don't think we're retro at all. We're just inspired by the progressiveness of older bands."

Massicotte: "Like the long instrumental sections."

Husarek: "We're really just a bunch of weirdos."

SPECIALTIES: "I call Adam the lyricist," Cutler said.

Husarek: "Drew's a great lyricist, as well. Definitely a better director. If we were making movies, that would be his job on the set."

Cutler: "Bob is really smart when it comes to music, and he has the awesome opinions that come in every 50 or so years."

Husarek: "He'll put things in really simple terms. Yesterday, our drummer asked, 'What does my snare sound like?' Instead of saying it has too much high end on it, he said, 'It sounds like 311. Change it.' "

CHECK 'EM OUT: The guys play at 8 p.m. Friday with bands Greymarket and Mouse Fire. The event, also featuring photographer Jacob Tillman, illustrator Josh Taylor and painters Julia Fowler and Shelby Baron, is at the Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. (813) 241-8600. $8 advance, $10 day of show.




[Last modified January 10, 2007, 10:01:01]

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