Through the many incarnations of the and/ors, it has finally come to a point where they can be put under the microscope. The central force of the project is songwriter/firestarter Daniel Black. Formerly of the Interstate Ten, Black's vision reorganized itself initially with the help of his four-track recorder and a rotating array of musician friends. He blazed his way through the songwriting process and spanked out a dozen dirty, garage-pop gems. Firey melodies and hooks like thorns on a rose bush were the agenda. From that first inception, there were several more phases of the and/ors. But always Black's vision persevering.
Then a side project between Black and guitarist Lane Miller, formerly of Thee Psychic Hearts and now Corrugated, blossomed into a natural rebirth of the band with Chris Wassel, former Crash Worship member, on drums. This time around, not only was there fire, but with the addition of Miller's signature style, it was smoking. Original songs had the guts kicked back into them and newer songs burned with intensity and creative spark. Reminiscent of early Television, Big Star, Guided By Voices and Replacements, the and/ors were warming the blood of rock-n-roll. Black's vocals seared through space, at once tearing at you and piecing you back together. Wassel's drumming could only be described as non-stop. Nobody has heard this kind of playing before. However they were still a three piece, and although the two guitarists and drummer were excited about their sound, they felt it wasn't quite complete.
Enter Arabella Harrison, just fresh from quitting the emo kids favorite band, Jejune. Her steady, rumbling bass and high-pitched harmonies were the last piece of the puzzle to fit. They headed into the studio and recorded a long playing LP, entitled "will self destruct."
This record will reaffirm your faith in good songwriting, talented musicianship, and gosh darn it, rock and/or roll! The and/ors don't wanna waste your time. With a few songs clocking in under a minute, they get right to the point. It's about rock. It's about playing what you love and loving what you play. It's about being a fuckin' amazing band...thank you Cleveland!
Araby now plays as: Arabella Harrison : www.myspace.com/arabellaharrison
Danny now plays as: The September Gurls : www.myspace.com/theseptembergurls