Their There is a local outfit consisting of the six hilarious and talented friends Adam de Souza on bass, Ross Jenkins on guitar and lead vocals, Harley Small on piano and lead vocals, Jess Desrochers on drums, Rory Hislop on trumpet, and Adam Gough on saxophone. Four of the band members, Adam de Souza, Jess Desrochers, Harley Small, and Ross Jenkins, went to highschool together while Adam Gough and Rory Hislop met the rest of the band via open mics. Over the past six years, the band has been writing and performing all over the city together, garnering a devoted and sometimes unexpectedly diverse niche following as they eagerly pursue their project.
The band is generally described as an alternative rock band in simplified terms, but the band sees themselves as a blend of dynamic elements which is perfectly fitting for the rich and lush sounds heard in Their There’s music. The band just recently released their debut full-length album Familiar Skin this past summer and includes 10 tracks written from differing points in their musical journey as a band. The band specializes in gorgeous vocal harmonies contributed by all members of the band and are backed by beautiful instrumentation involving a plethora of writing and playing styles found in various literary influences, classic and modern genres, indie rock, alternative, jazz and folk styles. The band asserts that they have never set out to have any specific sound or be any specific act, having only focused on writing whatever sounds right and intuitively natural for each song: “There has to be balance in the songs between what is cognitive and what comes instinctively,” they said. “Influence is not something you can manufacture so when you hear something, read something, or see something that inspires you, you just have to run with it for as long as you can.”
Having said that, the 10-track album is effortlessly cohesive and very much Their There despite the band’s inclination and preference to stay dynamic as both a recording and live performing act. Moreover, staying dynamic and flexible is vital for the band when performing live. Being able to read each other’s cues comes naturally–they affirm that should a reggae breakdown suddenly feel right, expect them to naturally run with it in mutual musical concordance.
Their There is currently hard at work endeavoring to musically craft an alternative word for “indie” as well as a sophomore album with plans of getting back into the studio and going on tour on their imminent to-do list.
Upcoming shows for Their There includes a performance at the Electric Owl on Wednesday, August 29th, during the Fringe Festival on September 14th, as well as during Olio Festival on September 21st so be sure to catch them at an upcoming show or two.
You can find Their There’s music including their debut album Familiar Skin digitally and physically on their official website at www.theirthere.com where you can also find links to all their social media outlets.
Photo by Sebastien Galina