Columbia is the historic gold rush town. Probably depending on taste there are new gold coming from Columbia when the band By The Bull now releases the record Toise?
By The Bull is Nick Brewer`s musical playpen where he can make the music he always liked best and experiment and enjoy the music. As one of his fellow musicians, Brewer chose his good friend Jonathan Palance, but not because of the friendships, but for his ability as a drummer. Palance is experienced from the jazz scene in the hometown.
The two had a few jam sessions which immediately turned into writing sessions. Brewer’s odd, melodic, and aggressive style matched perfectly with Palance’s explosive and outside-the-box approach. The chemistry between the two would be the cornerstone for By The Bull’s sound. After trying several bass players, none of them quite fit until Matt Buck came in. Buck had been playing with jam bands, running sound at various venues, and slinging drinks on occasion. His solid and energetic playing rounded out the group.
Two months of writing led the group into the Studio in April 2012. Twenty-four hours of tracking later would produce By The Bull’s debut album, Ghosts & Prophecies, eight diverse and stylized songs ranging from odd-metered and progressive jams to punk/thrash rock to mid-tempo ballads. By The Bull’s live show is highly energetic and injected with spurts of the group’s stellar improvisations. After playing lead guitar on two tours and two records with the progressive rock group, The Memorials, Nick Brewer returned home to Columbia with a new hunger and sound. I’m glad because I think By The Bull is a very interesting, playful and creative band.