So hopefully youv’e noticed that I have been trying to broaden my musical horizons in an effort to provide you with recommendations for new music that doesn’t suck. This week I’ve been listening to a new group called Bootstraps that was originally formed to make music for a movie. Here is the band’s Bio from their website bootstrapsmusic.com.
Bootstraps is an American rock band that was formed in Los Angeles by Jordan Beckett. The band further consists of Nathan Warkentin and David Quon. Their debut album was recorded by Skip Saylor in Northridge, California after actor/director Sam Jaeger asked Beckett to write a few songs for his film ‘Take Me Home’. Beckett recruited his college friends Warkentin and Quon to experiment; spending one day in the studio tracking songs the old fashioned way—recording them live in an attempt to capture raw moments. The result lead them to return for four more sessions, tracking three songs a day to complete the record with the help of Richard Dodd (Kings of Leon, The Raconteurs). The bands name is a play on the expression, “pull yourself up by the bootstraps.”
Let’s listen to a couple of my favorite songs from the album. Here is Sleeping Giant, my favorite Bootstraps song, at least for today. It is a really pretty song,in a folky kind of way, and seems to help me relax no matter how stressed I might be.
This next video really compliments a Bootstraps song called Guildtfree and the combination of the two perfectly captures how Bootstrap’s music makes me feel.
Some of you might notice that the vocals sounds a little like Ray LaMontagne. Please don’t let this fact throw you. The band has a lot more going for it than sounding a little like Ray. I highly suggest you checkout Bootstraps….I don’t think you’ll be disappointed! I’m really hoping they stick around for a second album.
Before we end this post here is a great song from Ray LaMontagne for those of you that have not had the pleasure of hearing him before.