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Jammin’ on the Trace Reviews

"Further Reasoning, from New Orleans, wrapped up the night and from my understanding took home 1st place. After hearing their opening song it was obvious that they would be the class of this round. Described as pop/punk by one of the members of Cardinale the bands set featured tight breaks and some cool lead work by both guitarist Brian Pretus and Jonathan Crawford. A high energy set and a great way to end the evening" -Mad Maxx Music - Mad Maxx


The second round of the Jammin' on the Trace competition, held July 10 at the Tammany Trace Trailhead on Koop Drive, ended with a loud bang as an intense thunderstorm drove the final group to a halt, the crowds to their vehicles and the technicians to disconnect the equipment with haste.

According to judges Christian Serpas and Jeff Oteri, members of the regionally popular group Christian Serpas and Ghost Town, along with fellow judge Tammany Trace Director Lisa Maddox, all five competing bands performed well but the final band of the evening took first place with its great stage presence and interesting song structures.

That group was Further Reasoning, and it earned a $100 cash prize and a trophy for its first-place win.

"As the rain approached the band was circling in on a chorus that was well thought-out and sounded just like the end of a show," Serpas said. "They were focused on what they were doing and had it really together. They had good rock sounds like you would hear on the radio."

Oteri said the lead singer and lead guitarist were very good and the songs had good hooks.

"There were parts of the song you could remember, and the band was very active on stage as they performed," Oteri said.

However, when it came to deciding the second-place finisher, Serpas, Oteri and Maddox did not have an easy time. Just as had happened at the first round of the series on June 12, there was a tie for second.

"Both bands ended up with the same score, and it just didn't seem right to leave one out or to flip a coin," Serpas said. "We figured why not, so we called out the winners as the lightning and thunder crashed around us." -Amy Althans - The Time's Picayune


Discography

Further Reasoning (Demo '07)
1. The Luxury of Playing It Safe
2. Two For Flinching
3. The Epic Song

Further Reasoning (Demo '08)
1. Intro / The Luxury Of Playing It Safe
2. Think Of This When You're Underground
3. Walk The Plank

"Think Of This When You're Underground," and "The Luxury Of Playing It Safe" both are streamed on the Loyola University New Orleans radio show called, "Gentlemen's Delight," and are also streamed on the internet radio show called "Radio Chaos."

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The Story
Further Reasoning consists of four of the closest friends you could find. Since the beginning of the band, there was an extremely strong connection between the members. It was obvious that it could one day become something great. The reason behind their tight musical connection is not only based on the fact that they all play their instruments well together, but the fact that each member is so close to one another, that they can always tell what the other one will do. For the last two years, Further Reasoning has gone through many tough times together. Through member changes, personal problems, and life-changing decisions, the members of this band have formed a bond unlike any other band, and this is one of the reasons that some people believe this band really has the potential to be great.

or Further Reasoning, they couldn't imagine their local success and support from friends and family within the past year. After finalizing their lineup last fall, the world is finally theirs for the taking.

This journey begins with Gregory Manson's departure from his previous band, Travel by Stars. With many unfinished and unwritten songs in his head, he quickly found friends help his dream to become a reality. The original lineup also included Jonathan Crawford, Greg Tilton, and Joey Cronvich (Good Day for an Airstrike). Though the lineup was eager and excited to, they never finished any recordings before the two member changes.

Brian Pretus and Gregory Manson met in the Mardi Gras of '07 and had an instant connection because of similar music taste and they shared the credit of both being in becoming local bands. Before the week ended, Brian became a full-time member of Further Reasoning. The friendship between Dominic Falati and Greg Manson started six years before the band was created. They had played in bands together such as Life as it Was, Almost*Heroes, and Travel by Stars. Both knew each other and styles very well, so naturally Dominic was the perfect candidate for Further Reasoning's missing replacement. However, this past summer, Dominic made the brave decision to enlist in the Army National Guard. Upon his departure came the induction of the bands drummer to date, Aris Petrou. Coming from a long list of well-known local bands, Aris is exactly what the band was looking for in their time of need. Now, with a new member and new ideas, Further Reasoning continues to push forward with their dream of making great music for anyone who will listen.

INFLUENCES:
Further Reasoning is influenced by many different bands and types of music. As kids, all four members grew up listening to punk rock. The four men spent much of their teen years either playing in punk rock bands, or attending local shows. Some of the members favorite bands consist of The Misfits, Kid Dynamite, Lifetime, Leftover Crack, and Choking Victim. However, as they got older, without losing their roots, the members music taste in music changed to both a heavier side, and a lighter side to punk. Currently, the group is influenced by bands such as Set Your Goals, Four Year Strong, Saves The Day, At The Drive In, Brand New, and even bands like Norma Jean.

Further Reasoning, despite their (semi-mainstream) tastes in music, cannot be compared to any other band. While some of their biggest influences are obvious at times, Further Reasoning has a sound that is all its own. In retrospect, Further Reasoning sounds like four best friends doing what they love, and making music that they believe is worthwhile.

BANDS WEVE PLAYED WITH
-Don't Die Cindy
-The Flood Memoirs
-We Versus Shark
-Pianos Become The Teeth
-Gruk
-The Vals (from Holland)
-The Flaming Tsunamis
-Fatter Than Albert
-The Jonbennet
-Meriwether
-The Vettes
-Stereohype
-The Mad Conductor (ex. No Ca$h)
-Big D And The Kids Table
-The Matches
-The Esoteric
-Oh Juliet
-The Garden District
-Retard-O-Bot
and TONS of great local bands!