Somebody's Something
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Somebody's Something

Milford, Ohio, United States | SELF

Milford, Ohio, United States | SELF
Band Rock Singer/Songwriter

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Somebody's Something @ Lenhardt's

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Somebody's Something, like more than a few things in this world, started off in a Starbucks. Zach Starkie said that he and Chelsy, "met through some people we knew and talked infrequently until we happened to run into each other," at the ubiquitous coffee house. A conversation led to the formation of the duo that has played the Galaxy numerous times over the last year.

"I'd been writing and recording songs for a few years and wanted to play out, so I asked Chelsy if she would want to play a set of her songs and we'd put a show together. She told me she'd rather play songs together, so we started learning my songs and a few covers," says Zach. Unbeknownst apparently to Zach, it was a perfect fit for Chelsy. "Here's the thing," she says, "I couldn't write a song to save my life. In my many years of musical experience, I've written a million 30-second blips, but nothing substantial. When Zach came along and I realized he writes his own stuff, I was pretty excited about the prospect of being in a band with him."

While Chelsy has her million short blips, anyone who knows Zach is aware that he has probably as many notebooks, filled with songs he's written over the years. "When I write a song, it's generally a sort of organic process where lyrics and music happen a the same time, at least the bones of it. I'll have a progression I like and I might just start singing nonsense, or maybe something coherent and I just let it grow from there. Lyrics are important, and the music should be a reflection of them. Even though I would love them to have a popular appeal, in the end they're just stories about me most of the time. The good ones are anyway."

Those initial structures serve as the framework for the final songs, which are definitely a collaborative effort. "The songs were skeletons before, and Chelsy brings a lot of ideas to flesh them out. They may have had harmonies, but she's really good at finding harmonies that sound natural for her voice. On "The Distance Never Decreased," I played the chorus for her one time and she had come up with a part to sing with it. The same thing happens with bass parts and the drum machine. She's a talented musician who can hear what she wants and then either play it or sing it. It makes the rehearsal time pretty easy, and it's rare that her ideas don't fit with a particular song."

Zach is right to point out that Chelsy is talented. She pointed out that, "Another interesting effect that our band has had on my life is that I am now considered a "bassist". That's funny to me because I've played acoustic guitar and drums for 13 years. Throughout those years, I sporadically picked up a bass guitar here and there, but never learned anything challenging or technically demanding. Being in this band has greatly improved my bass-playing abilities, for which I'm grateful."





Chelsy cites Regina Spektor, Florence & The Machine, and The XX among her influences, which for what it's worth scores major points with me as I love all three of them! Zach is clearly a child of the 90's, and follows in a long line of pop songwriters. "My biggest influences are Elvis Costello and the Smashing Pumpkins. I take a lot of lyrical inspiration from Elvis, he's got some clever lines that surprise me when I listen, and some playful rhyme schemes that I like. I dig his straightforward aesthetic as well, especially in the 70s, but I also like how he's not afraid just to let a song be the song it should be. He's hard to categorize," he says.


"Similarly", he continued, "the Pumpkins do similar things. Billy Corgan knows how to write a song that appeals to people but seems to carry some real meaning, and I admire that. It's great that the pumpkins have songs that are all over the map, but they're all connected. The 90s in general had that. So many people were writing music that was non-genre specific, so they just called it alternative or modern rock or whatever. The same thing is going on with indie rock, but some bands kind of corner themselves with a genre, so you can tell the music is all by the same band, but just because it all sounds the same, not because it's all joined by some intangible connective musical tissue. Sometimes the songs I write are punkish, sometimes they're grungy, sometimes they're folky," he concludes.


Anyone who has seen them can hear those different influences, though the band clearly has a vibe of their own. They're not imitating their inspiration, they're crafting really great pop songs of their own from the space those pioneering artists help create. The sets are varied, and include inspired and well done covers that showcase the duo's sound while fitting well within the context of their own writing. If you didn't know the song you'd easily attribute it to them, a testament to their ability to not only craft songs worthy of being played along side those covers, but to work them seamlessly into the flow of their show - Galaxy CDs


Discography

Releases:
Apple Demo, Released May 2012

Radio airplay:

WVQC Cincinnati
WIUX Bloomington

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Bio

Zach Starkie is a singer songwriter who teamed up with multi-instrumentalist Chelsy Albertson to play original music. Somebody's Something is the product of the their influences. The synthesizers and drum machines paired with vocal harmonies has drawn comparisons to Death Cab for Cutie and the Seedy Seeds. Zach draws inspiration from Elvis Costello, the Smashing Pumpkins, of Montreal, and that mid-90s modern rock sound. Chelsy loves Regina Spektor, Florence + the Machine, U2, the Ting Tings, and the XX. If you listen carefully you might hear them all at once.

It's the mix of influences that makes Somebody's Something special. The drum machines make it danceable, but the lyrics have meaning. The vocal harmonies spin a sweet sonic web around the audience, and the distorted guitar provides the perfect counterpoint. Somebody's Something's sets are as finely crafted as their music, as they strive to take the audience with them on a dynamic music adventure. Sure, you'll dance, but you might be too wrapped up in the story being told to move a muscle.