The Drawbar reinterprets soul, jazz, R&B and country from the 60s and 70s in an intergenerational organ trio setting (Hammond organ, electric guitar, and drums.) All three members also sing. The group grew out of a long-time collaboration between organist Nick Lloyd and guitarist George Baker. Nick started playing with George nearly 25 years ago, and after distance kept them apart in the 2000s, they have rekindled their musical bond. They are joined on the drum kit by Sam Oliver III, whose father, Sam Oliver II also played with George for many years. Sam III is thrilled to step in on the skins.
“The elegantly understated debut from this Brooklyn band does what great, grown-up indie rock at its best has always done: It maps out states of personal, emotional and historical in-betweenness with careful, intelligent grace… Songs […] take their time building from muted beauty to closely held grandeur.”
“Once they emerge from the trancelike perfection of [Somewhere You Found My Name‘s] first two tracks, they and their band rock out… Don’t wait for them to come to your town, just buy the darn record.”
“Little Silver has a familiar, delicious vibe… Listen, for example, to a cut called “Anytown” and hear echoes of the New Pornographers. The brew of ethereal harmonies, majestic arrangements and gentle melodies proves there was more precious metal in those hills… In “You Slept Through Summer,” an evocative sonic journey through the passing of time, the words themselves are so rich they feel like instruments… The album is built on delicate harmony, and Simonian’s voice, in particular, is lovely. In fact, it might be its similarity to that of Neko Case […] that beckons that comparison. It’s good company; Little Silver has shown it belongs there.”