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Who?: Nick Randall, guitar/keys/vocals; Rocco DellaNeve, guitar/keys/vocals; Ben Randall, bass; Jesse Rejewski, drums.
What?: Local alt-rock band with full-length debut collection, "Kindling Theory." The fast-rising quartet won the 2011 edition of the Artvoice B.O.O.M. Battle of the Bands. The group has opened for the likes of the Tea Party, Bedouin Soundclash, River City Extension and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros.
Why?: This group of schooled, able and adventurous musicians bring their vast and varied capabilities and influences - from jazz to funk, R&B to pop - to bear on a collective sound equal parts indie-rock and smartly composed pop. These guys can all play, big time, but they subsume individual musical egos to the collective good. "Kindling Theory" has legs, and the Etchings seem poised to run.
What's next?: "Kindling Theory" is available now through the band's website, www.theetchings.net.
- Jeff Miers