In 2001 or so, I received a CD in the mail. At the time, I was running a collectivist record label with some folks in the DC music scene. The senders of this disc wanted show help. Unfortunately, we were all rather unversed in the nonsensical methods of show booking. To us, shows were these random gifts from heaven that seemed to be the result of fate, talent, and friendship. We didn’t know that shows stem from money or networking. Naive? Yes. Passionate? Yes. Prematurely jaded? Most certainly.
The CD I received (indeed, my roommate CJ was also a recipient) was from a band based in Bellingham, Washington. I had never heard of Bellingham and could barely register thoughts of a place so far away that wasn’t L.A. or Seattle. This demo came from The Narrows. Four songs. Guitar, bass, drums, occasional vocals. It sounded like it was recorded by a band member or perhaps a friend. But it rocked. The Narrows’s demo sounded like an angst ridden Dead Meadow. The vocals howled and the guitar mourned. One song, in particular, caught my attention: The B.S.A. I may be wrong on the title, but it was so heavy and sparse that I was hooked instantly.
Fast forward to today. Yes, this very day. I got the urge to listen to The Narrows. I put on their demo. It still rocks. I zipped it and sent it to some friends, thinking that this band had vanished in the unfound annals of the pre-Google era. Nevertheless, I searched. Here is the order of searches I performed, based on memories half-forgotten or made up from nearly a decade ago:
The Narrows band
the narrows “the bsa”
“the narrows” “the bsa” music
“the narrows” “down in the darkness” “no need for progress”
“the narrows ” “b.s.a.” portland
“the narrows” “b.s.a.” guitar brother bass (thinking that maybe two of the band members are brothers)
“the narrows” guitar bass band
Finally, a hit. A Bellingham, WA band called Lands Farther East played their final show with The Narrows in Bellingham, WA.
“david glen kyle” (I emailed this guy and some other folks)
“the narrows” bellingham
It took awhile, but I found The Narrows. Check them out. They still rock, and they’ve clearly grown as songwriters. Maybe I can convince them to do a temporary release through Fuzzy Panda and/or get them a show in DC or even link up with them when I’m on tour this summer.