Members: Josh Morris (Vocals, Guitar), Nick Roberts (Vocals, Guitar), Malcolm Martin (Drums), Robert Edmondson (Bass, Saxophone, Bass Clarinet)
Location: Gainesville, FL and Nashville, TN
Influences/Sounds Like: And the Giraffe have been compared to Iron & Wine, Bon Iver, and Explosions in the Sky.
Accomplishments: And the Giraffe’s newest album, Creature Collector, landed at the #2 spot on Bandcamp’s weekly folk charts the week it was released. The band’s first ever release, Something for Someone, an EP released during the summer of 2011, has garnered over 2,500 downloads since August, 2011.
“It is not very often that you come across music that has the ability to transport you to a completely different place.” – Maimed and Tamed (http://maimedandtamed.com/2011/09/12/new-music-mondays-and-the-giraffe/)
“…And The Giraffe have made one of the best folk albums of the year…” – Ear Buddy (http://www.earbuddy.net/2011/09/and-giraffe-something-for-someone.html)
“Something for Someone [And the Giraffe] possesses that rare ability to transport you into a new dimension of relaxation and musical bliss.” – The Times New Roman
And the Giraffe was started by best friends Nick Roberts and Josh Morris in Gainesville, FL. During an orientation meeting at the University of Florida, they talked music and hit it off. A few short weeks after their first meeting they were writing songs in Josh’s bedroom and performing at local venues. Their performing was cut short when Josh decided to make a move to Nashville, TN to pursue an audio engineering degree.
The duo figured out that they didn’t have to permanently split, but instead could share songs via Dropbox. Another school year passed and during the summer of 2011, after sending a few song ideas back and forth, Josh drove 600 miles back to Gainesville to work on recording music. They holed up in Nick’s small apartment bedroom and recorded what would become their debut EP, Something for Someone.
The year that followed remained quiet, musically speaking. Dropbox was still the main artery for communication, but the issue of distance still proved problematic.
The summer of 2012 saw the band together again, this time joined by Robert Edmondson on bass and Malcolm Martin on drums. The fruits of their summer labor resulted in the band’s second EP, Creature Collector. Creature Collector was recorded in Nashville, TN in many different studios, bedrooms, and basements with the help of many friends.
“The goal of the album was to explore a different sonic space. Our last record was done piece by piece and kind of stitched together, whereas this time around we took the time to try and nail down all of the arrangements of the songs so that we could record them live. We also wanted to try out as many different production ideas that we could think of. A lot of times we just played around with tones or stumbled onto ideas and sounds and ran with them” says Roberts.
Creature Collector was mixed in house by Josh Morris and was mastered by a friend and professor of Josh’s, Luke Gilfeather.
2013 will see the band graduating from college and making a permanent move to Nashville, TN. A full-length album will be released in the coming months.