61 Cygni
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61 Cygni

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The best kept secret in music


"61 Cygni"

...Drummer Eric Jarvis and bassist Paul Adams orbit singer/guitarist Tessa, tempering her emotive voice with their own quirks. Adams, who is also a photographer, plays bass with a verve more often seen in lead guitarists.

"Eric calls me Metallicartney," Adams says with a laugh, "I get completely nutty. I don't know where it comes from; I just can't keep from moving."

Jarvis further explains, "It's just that he's got this flamboyant style, but he's playing these really melodic lines."

A technology consultant by day, Jarvis lends the band some gravity with his sarcastic sense of humor. Ask the band about musical influences and well-known greats fall from Tessa's and Adams' mouths, while Jarvis attests to an admiration for lesser talents.

"I'll kick it with Loverboy," he says. "I'm all over anyone who is gap-toothed, fat and wearing leather pants."

This sends the band into a fit of giggles.

Tessa and Adams have been collaborating musically since the early '90s. Their first band, Breathe, attracted Jarvis to the married couple. He later joined 61 Cygni, filling in where drum machines had been used in lieu of a live drummer. Growing up playing guitar and bass, he wasn't well versed in drums.

"They've been kind enough to let me learn on the job," he says.

Tessa's flexible voice exhibits every bit of the pain and anger that her lyrics suggest without subtlety. The songs are about "hatred, pain and revenge. It's pretty simple," she explains. "I look at it as therapy. Songwriting is the only means I have to talk to people in that way."

Thanks for Nothing, from the band's 2003 debut CD, Binaural Beatings, is full of the blame and guilt that accompanies a failed relationship: "I saw you standing there / Then I saw you leave / Do you know I hated you? / Do you know I lied to save myself?" On Lost, the speaker walks the line between love and hate with lines like "I can't stop my feelings for you / But I don't want to be in your life."

When Adams jokes that all the songs are about him, Tessa laughs and says, "No, they are not about Paul! If I were to write a song about Paul it would be good, because he's good."

Though the words are Tessa's, the finished songs are often the work of the entire band.

"We all contribute. I usually come up with a concept and everyone expands on it. Lyrics come later," Tessa says.

"The songs start off as a Pink Floyd / Spiritualized, 40 minute-long crazy jam. But we eventually get the point and learn to focus the song," Adams adds.

"I like the songs that we've written together," Jarvis says. "They're economical and structured. We discuss the crafting of the song, making sure nothing is unnecessary. We know that if a bigwig listens to a recording, they're only going to listen to 3 seconds and it had better stand out.

The band realizes that ambient rock is off people's radar for the moment, waiting to come back into favor...

- By SARA CRESS Copyright 2003 Houston Chronicle

"Houston Music - 61 Cygni"

The star 61 Cygni was christened the "Flying Star" in 1792 because of its rapid motion a departure from the normal idea of the behavior of a star. Houston band 61 Cygni is an rapid departure from the traditional idea of what the Houston music scene is but they are very much a part of what it can be. Their unique brand of ambient rock takes its root in bands like Siouxsie & the Banshees, The Church, and Curve and sets it sights on the stars from which it borrows its name.

Singer and guitarist Tessa, bassist Paul Adams and drummer Eric Jarvis combine their keen melodic sense with a flair for the dramatic and earthy and personal lyrics which can make the soul stir in even the most jaded of listeners. Combining captivating drumming with razor steady bass lines swirling guitars and almost painfully beautiful vocal phrasing, this band is a rare find in the Houston landscape.

Tessa and Adams having been working together for quite a while and their musical styles have gelled into one. Formerly of Houston band Breathe, in 2001 they formed 61 Cygni and the couple added Jarvis to the line up. After a brief period of adjustment (he was formerly a bassist / guitarist) they have made their mark on the Houston music scene with dramatic effect.

Exploring themes like pain, anger, and revenge in an expressive and cathartic way 61 Cygni explores the ideas and expresses feelings which many of us are unable to vocalize.

The band's debut CD released in 2003 and was entitled Binaural Beatings, a reference to Binaural beats which are auditory responses resulting from the interaction of two different sounds, one in each ear interacting at different frequencies. They are believed by some to be useful for altered states of consciousness. 61 Cygni's music can also induce an altered state of consciousness and may stimulate parts of your brain which the typical band may not have ever touched.

While ambient rock may not be on every radio station at the moment its popularity is on the rise and when it does this star is set to explode onto the mainstream music scene. Meanwhile check them out at Rudyard's or The Proletariat.
- by Punk Brady Copyright 2005 Silver Dragon Records


"Binaural Beatings" 2003


Feeling a bit camera shy


The star 61 Cygni burns within the constellation Cygnus. Though not visible to the naked eye, it garners attention from astronomers due to its notable speed.

The Houston band 61 Cygni cloaks itself in this same brand of velocity. Its ambient rock can go from gently wistful to a swirling hurricane, much in the vein of Cocteau Twins or Siouxsie & the Banshees. Its collective onstage persona proves mysterious, serious and at times brusque.