In the autumn of 2009, Cole Woods and Alannah Walker formed Cannon Bros upon the premise that the less people you have in a band, the easier it is to get things done. While this utilitarian approach could easily limit a lesser group, Cannon Bros prove that less can certainly be more -- though merely made by one guitar, a set of drums, and two voices, these songs do not sound stripped down or bare, but full and vibrant.
To anyone acquainted with Cole and Alannah, this sound will not come as a surprise: the two have been playing music together since the eighth grade and possess a hard-earned musical familiarity. In addition to knowing how to play together, Cole and Alannah both have an impressive command of their instruments: sharing drum, guitar, and vocal duties, Cannon Bros ability to seamlessly switch roles is admirable.
Though the degree of technical proficiency is evidently high, this music is not showy or outwardly technical. Cannon Bros. demonstrate their ability in concentrated, deceptively simple pop-rock songs that follow in the tradition of bands like The Clean, Pavement, and the Velvet Underground. But while many young bands are unable to pass beyond the mere imitation of their influences, these nineteen year olds transgressed such a trend long ago (probably in the twelfth grade or something).
Youthful, enthusiastic, and stripped of pretension: Cannon Bros filter their friendship, ability, and points of reference into honest self expression. This is music that is exciting, genuine, and, in short, very good. Please look forward to the imminent release of their first full length record Firecracker/Cloudglow, out November 2011.