the Soil & the Sun
the Soil & the Sun is corn-fed, Michigan-made, Experiential Spiritual Orchestral Rock. Originating in 2008 as a two-piece band, the group has grown and matured into a seven-piece community of friends and musicians. Oboe, violin, guitars, accordion, percussion, piano, keys and vocals, cooperate to create complex harmonies, layered melodies, and driving rhythms. The careful orchestration and intentional instrumentation will speak to your soul.
The Soldier Story
Based in New Haven, CT, The Soldier Story is the moniker for multi-instrumentalist and producer Colin Meyer. Born and raised in a musical family, Meyer got an early start at age 9,
learning drums, and shortly after bass and guitar. Immediately, he fell in love with making records and performing and continued working with numerous bands throughout the late 80’s and 90’s.
The Soldier Story originally formed in late 1999 as a six piece band based in southern New Hampshire. Frequent lineup changes forced the band to spend most of those years writing and rewriting to adapt to its current members. By 2005, the band had been reduced to a husband and
wife duo. Together they spent the next few years putting together the pieces that would become their first record.
In 2007, the Meyer family relocated to New Haven, CT, to a basement apartment with a studio converted garage. Finally, after a full decade of writing and experimenting, Colin Meyer and his wife Kristen released their winter inspired debut Wait in early 2009. The early sound of the band has been compared to the likes of Bon Iver, Radiohead, and Tori Amos.
The Soldier Story supported their debut release with brief stints of touring throughout 2009 and 2010, recruiting the help of multi-instrumentalist Jonny Rodgers, drummer Jon Kirsch and original bassist Mick Swan. During these years, Kristen Meyer left the band to focus her efforts more on her design/staging career, while Colin Meyer toured with his other bands Mon Monarch and Ten Shekel Shirt.
In 2011, Colin Meyer began writing for The Soldier Story again, which had now become a moniker for his solo project. He spent the next two years in the studio, self producing,
engineering, and performing the parts that would become the next record.
On October 1st 2013, The Soldier Story’s well received sophomore record Rooms of the Indoors was released. Meyer’s new record is full of both intimacy and intensity, with “beautiful lyrics surrounded by layers of genius. On first listen this album seems to be a great rainy day listen filled with emotional musicianship”. -Wordkrapht
The sound of Rooms of the Indoors has been compared to artists like The National, Peter Gabriel, Death Cab For Cutie, and Pedro the Lion. In support of the new record The Soldier
Story is currently touring with the help of musicians Eric Dawson Tate, Austin Morrison, and Andrew Zsigmond.
Kyle Flynn and The Vespers Nine
Kyle Flynn and The Vespers Nine is an American indie rock band founded by singer-songwriter and guitarist Kyle Flynn. It consists of Flynn, multi-instrumentalist and cousin John Flynn and Jared Dewick on drums and a rotating lineup of collaborators drawn primarily from the New Haven Ct indie music scene. They draw influence from bands such as: Elliott Smith, Nirvana, Bright Eyes, The Gas Light Anthem.