I stumbled across The Intermission Project a few months ago in a local Canterbury haunt ‘The Farmhouse’, a cosy place hidden down a side-street and yet brimming with local talent. I began to listen and watch as The Intermission Project played a set that, by the end of it, I was dancing along to with a smile pulling at the corners of my lips. I don’t know whether it was the tinkling of a mandolin or the chorus of soft voices in unison but I was captivated and had to know more.
At just 18 and recently out of school, Jim and Alex are the two frontmen who, in a matter of months, have managed to transform their sessions of jamming in their break-times into a successful band that not only sang at the Highworth International Music Festival 2012 in June, but secured a spot on the main stage of Lounge on the Farm 2012 in July. It is clear then that this defined, but not limited to, Indie duo are a force to be reckoned with. But what is it that makes them so intriguing? Perhaps it is their age and their attitude, a refreshing vigour and humbleness that set them apart from the crowd. Unlike many young musicians, they are not dazzled and besotted with the promises of fame and fortune but are purely in it for the love of music. Jim especially has been writing songs for a long time and confesses that “music was always the dream”. A dream they are now set to embark upon as they live up to their band’s name and take an intermission between school and university in order to tour and develop their musical skills “we just want to play as much as we can, there’s no rush, it’s a job and it’s fun, a perfect mix of the two.”
They confess that music for them is not only therapeutic, as Alex states that he’d “never been much of an academic student so music is a bit of a relief” but it is also a way of expressing both theirs and others life stories. Indeed, hearing other people’s narratives is a main source of inspiration for the two, an inspiration that earns them an immediate rapport with their audience. They however, do not expect this, which is what makes their performances all the more appealing. The reaction from the audience is always a heart-warming revelation, so much so that they are often taken aback “When some guy or girl comes up to you and says thank you very much, that helped me get through this, you don’t know what to say”.
It is not just their attitude that makes Jim and Alex a refreshing take on the Indie music scene but their lack of creative boundaries. They state that everything inspires them and they cannot wait to expand into other genres and musical instruments. A big part of this is expressed through their experimentations with each other’s instruments, often swapping vocals parts as well as instrumental, as a way of challenging and expanding their creativity. Although this can sometimes become somewhat messy it is hard to criticise such initiative.
With so many doors opening up for the band and at such an exciting time, I ask what can we expect to see next? It comes as no surprise to hear that their goal is to go and play as many places as they can, to constantly improve and consolidate their music. These guys are no one trick pony, their creativity is positively bursting at the seams, if you’re going to watch out for any band this year it would be The Intermission Project.
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