Friends living in San Diego started playing music together in 2004. As the years went on, some friends bowed out or moved on, but still music was made by those left and willing. These are the ad-hoc groups that formed (and are still forming!), and some of the magic that was captured.
A revival of Russyoolae with added firepower, Four Corners is a drummer, his bassist brother, and two hotshot guitarists (one with a voice to speak, and the other only sometimes). Finally, both rhythm and lead guitar lines can be played, and lyrics come into the mix after much vocal silence in earlier incarnations. Jamming that meanders all around still persists, but actual songs are much more easily attempted now that the basic four-piece rock band is intact.
What happens when a very talented percussionist gets behind his skins and plays off an experimental rock-blues guitarist's wildest whims? Inertia. Musical inertia that sometimes seemingly goes on forever. Riffs and beats are exchanged back and forth and synergy just kind of...happens. No words. Just an organic sound that's never quite predictable.
Take the often unwieldiness of Russyoolae and ground it with some pop rock sensibilities and you get what can only be considered a unique garage band trio. Endless jams around one riff become more elegant and structured as purposeful songcraft is now possible.
The original grab bag of off-the-cuff recordings. Joining the garage band trio of Joe, Mike, and Russ is friend of Joe's, Brian. His guitarring skills are definitely up to par, and so a bit more string complexity was found during jam sessions. Sometimes it was just Joe and Mike, and even sometimes it was just Mike. Regardless, this is where the cooperative musical collaborations were first born.