Time has seen what started out as a humble Andrew Bird-ish duo slowly erupt into a powerful 5-piece rock outfit. Heavy doses of boisterous harmony surround the eerie and precise melodies from Aaron Mendelsohn. Jesse's thunderous drums fill moments of chaos with decisive direction. The angular guitar work from Nick Burleigh shocks the senses and it seems impossible that he's the same guy playing that violin. One of the two new additions to the band is Ian Mellencamp on bass, whose tasteful and restrained parts evoke the cool calm that he exudes as a dude. And one other exuberant dude has joined up, by the name of Josh Rouah. A multi-talented man is Josh, who has filled the pockets of sound with beautiful piano/synth work and has lent energy to the songs with commanding vocal harmonies.
The band thrives on the diversity of the personalities within it. Spontaneous, funny, dark, honest...these qualities seem to hold weight in a description of any member's attributes, though rarely are they all on the same page. The songs, like the room in which they are created, tend to contain personalities which move in many different directions. What is remarkable is how it all works together. If Isadora was mapped on a Venn Diagram, the dot where the bubbles intersect would be tiny but bright and alive, possibly blood red. A great deal of the material and the lyrics come from the writing in Aaron's impenetrable solitude, but the songs only really arrive in rehearsal, the home of their blooming openminded creative process. This is reflected in their distinctive sound as well as in the band's memorable performances. An oddly cohesive set of songs from an oddly cohesive group of dudes.
Aaron Mendelsohn is the singer who began writing songs while living in Dublin and busking Radiohead and Nirvana covers.
Ian Mellencamp, nephew of the famed John Cougar, brings an upbeat rock and roll sense to the band on bass.
Jesse Bilotta, who grew up banging out on drums in a New Hampshire basement, brings thunder to the atmosphere from behind the kit.
He draws from the heavy hitters like Keith Moon and John Bonham but he also channels in a little big band influence from Irv Cottler and 'The Musical Drummer' , Louie Bellson.
In 2007, Jesse swapped the rolling White Mountains of New Hampshire for the hustle and bustle of New York City diving into the happening music scene in Brooklyn, where he first met Aaron.
Josh Rouah, who became disenchanted with the Broadway acting scene, is the newest addition to the band. He met Aaron over a discussion about Jeff Buckley and their mutual desires to bring something fresh back into the New York music scene. They've drawn inspiration together from some of the classic songwriting geniuses such as David Bowie, The Beatles, and Beck.