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Sammamish, Washington, United States | SELF

Sammamish, Washington, United States | SELF
Band Rock Adult Contemporary


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LYRE is conscious pop rock. Serving up an inspirational set of original work, this guitar-driven Seattle band has a simple m.o.: Music, done well, can entertain, enlighten, and even heal the human soul. This credo is aptly displayed in Hoskins’ songs which features haunting melodies, deft guitar work and sweeping universal themes.

The team’s sound pays homage to a host of guitar bands ranging from Dire Straits to Coldplay while frontman Dave Hoskins’ vocals conjure David Bowie or Lou Reed. Harmony singer and guitarist Matt Quarterman keeps the rhythm bouncy and interesting and his tenor voice adds refreshing sheen to the vocals. The lyrics are straight up “Pink Floyd on Prosac” taking an optimistic approach to existential themes.

LYRE’s concept came to Hoskins a few years back during a time of soul searching. “I was really into reading the psalms of King David in the Bible and I started thinking if I could channel a fraction of the energy that made his work so potent and timeless I’d be on to something big,” Dave recalls. “The band’s name refers to David’s harp. The lyre was a kind of Greek harp which later gave birth to the guitar. I’m really passionate about helping others discover their best life, so to me the name LYRE represents what this band stands for.”

LYRE is currently playing in and around the northwest.