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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: The Lantern Slides

Recommended if you like: The vocalists/songwriters who’ve had the biggest influence on me are Mark Hollis (Talk,Talk), George Harrison, and Robin Pecknold (Fleet Foxes). I’ve been told my vocal tone is probably closest to Peter Gabriel’s. Some specific examples of songs that exemplify the sound and spirit that we’re trying to achieve include: “George Harrison - Let it Roll/Ballad of Sir Frankie Crisp” “Talk, Talk – New Grass” “Fleet Foxes – Meadowlark” and “Peter Gabriel – Mercy Street”. Jack Kerouac is another great influence, with his beatific, exalted prose; the rhythm and cadence of his voice almost like a trumpet or sax in a jazz band. I think Mark Hollis (Talk, Talk) achieved this vocal style on both “Laughing Stock” and “Spirit of Eden” albums. Listen to his vocals on the song, “Inheritance” and the lyrics – (April Song, Lilac glistening foal, Ten as one, On the breeze they flow, When it gets my heart out, it gets my heart out...) That’s what we (The Lantern Slides) are trying to realize in our music with songs like: Big Sur, Juniper Cathedral and Pear to Bear.

Story behind your band/artist name: The Lantern Slides invokes a different visual experience for everyone. It works both as an action verb and a passive noun. Prior to the advent of photography, magic lanterns were used in the 17th Century to illuminate painted glass “lantern slides” to tell stories and entertain. When I introduced the band name to my brother, Joe (our drummer) he immediately saw a swaying lantern on an old sailing ship, casting it’s light through the darkness of a storm. He saw the lantern literally sliding around in the dark. My cousin, Weston just refers to us as “the slides” like something he sees kids swooshing down on a playground.

Band Members: Ethan Jett - Vocals, Guitar, Songwriter, Mixing & Production Thom Stevenson - Supporting Vocals, Guitar, Keys Dave Ruckman - Bass Joe Frye - Percussion

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : DC has always been home and we've played at Velvet Lounge, DC9, IOTA, Jammin Java etc. Grew up in Fairfax,VA. Currently reside in Gainesville, VA.

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: Our very first headlining gig was a freebie - no pay show - at Axum's Lounge in NW DC (now permanently closed). No air conditioning in the middle of summer. It was right next to an awesome Ethiopian restaurant that just filled the little upstairs bar/stage room with spices. Our drummer setup his kit in a glorified broom closet and the rest of us literally stood on top of each other sweating like crazy but we had the greatest time of our lives drinking beer and playing with other local bands to include Tony Porecco (Black Checker) and now Uptown Choir Boys. It was such a pure experience. Just music and beer. Everyone was there to experience music in the moment and it was the beginnings of something for us, where we stepped through this door and joined a community that night. It was good.

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: We're primarily a recording project at the moment due to growing families and obligations. We do all our recording at a home studio at Gainesville, VA with a Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 interface.

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Main Genre: Indie

Other Genres: dream pop, folk, alternative