Smile! Anthony Bourdain
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Smile! Anthony Bourdain

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Debut EP to be released October 2009



Smile! Anthony Bourdain began as a casual band between friends, but there seemed to be something more. All four members had been in a band before, but only half had been in the same band. Drummer Nathan Anderson and guitarist Jordan Cope had been in the grunge band, Prisom, which played a good bit in the Seattle area. Bassist Will Baxter had formed the notable Houston alt-rock group This Fast and singer/keyboardist Wayne Spangler was a member of the Tokyo band Welcome Mat. With much experience behind them, great music was bound to flow.
Lead singer and keyboardist Wayne Spangler has been singing and playing piano since he was knee high to a grasshopper. Many hip-hop and R&B artists for his lyrical patterns rather than traditional rock singers influence him. His style adds an interesting sound to the group.
Jordan, the principle songwriter and lyricist gathers influence from all over. His guitar riffs are reminiscent of Jack White, Dan Auerbach and David Gilmour. Overdriven chords with a slight blues progression are a staple in his writing. Lyrically his biggest influences are Nick Cave, Jim Morrison and Cedric Bixler-Zavala of the Mars Volta. The best example of this is the song “Lion Shroud”.
Intricate and opposing bass lines have always been a signature style of Will’s playing. The obvious influences of Flea and Tim Commerford come in overdriven funk style riffs. Will studied under Todd Gowers and has since been largely influenced by jazz bassists, primarily Jaco Pastorious.
Nathan started as a jazz drummer in his high school band. From that experience he has learned to play in many different time signatures and styles with ease. He and Jordan are the driving forces behind the band’s frequent departure from the all too common four-four seen in rock today.
What sets Smile! Anthony Bourdain apart from other bands is the fact that all of the members have different influences. This brings a dynamic sound every time the band gets together. The music is made more intense by the energy between the members. It is so infatuating, in fact, that the audience begins to give it off as well.