Local 913, Episode 26: Nameless in August
Since 2012, the band Nameless in August has organically acquired a new member and instrument for every year they have been together. It all began with lead singer, Zach Rock, and banjoist, Jason Buzon meeting at a local coffee shop. The two planned to get together and started writing music from the first session and have continued to do so ever since adding bass, more guitar and drums along the way. After playing out in the city for a few years, Nameless in August released their debut album Wheelhouse last summer. Although he is the lead singer, Zach Rock does not consider himself to be the only songwriter in the band:
“I write a lot of lyrics, but this band really does do a lot of collaborative writing. I can't take credit anymore. I used to say that, but I don't think it's right. Last night, I was singing this song, and, in the past I would say “I wrote this song”. But as I’m listening back to it, everything that I love about the song is [coming from] another member of the band saying “Why don’t we just try this small thing? Why don’t we try this here?”
One of the highlights on the album is “The Way It Goes”. Zach explains how that song became a collaboration between himself and Jason Buzon:
“’The Way It Goes’ is a good example of Jason just grooving on a banjo lick that was pretty catchy and firey. I started doing falsetto work on it and started writing some lyrics. The melody popped up, I wrote a verse and [sings] “the waaaay It goooes” just came about. That song formed and it was just natural: as in he had some music and I just scatted on the melody. You can’t give credit to either person in that sense of who wrote what, you know?”
Listen below to hear “The Way It Goes” from Nameless in August and check out the website for more information.