Here's a Look at So Many Dynamos in the RFT Over the Years
This week's music feature on So Many Dynamos is the latest piece on the band in the pages of the RFT. In that feature, singer/keyboardist/guitarist Aaron Stovall says the group's latest release (a self-titled EP that comes in the form of a digital download whose only physical presence is a 'fridge magnet), could serve as an introduction to the decade-old band for fans discovering them for the first time.
Whitney Barclay So Many Dynamos in 2013.
"Since it had been so long and so much had happened in music in the course of the last three years," he says, "it was almost an introductory piece to the full album."
Which got us thinking, the RFT has written a lot about SMD over the years, what better time than now to dust off some of those not-quite-new-anymore stories? This is not an exhaustive list, because where's the fun in that? And we're not calling it an oral history, because nobody likes oral histories.
2004 - The first mention as far as we can tell: A Critic's Pick in the March 31 issue for an April 4 show at the Lemp Arts Center. The band had released a five-song CD-EP, Are We Not Drawn Onward to New Era? and John Goddard wrote this: "What a concept: fresh, energetic indie rock from the bi-state area that you can dance to."
2004 - In former staff writer Mike Seely's April 28 feature, "All the Young Punks", Seely wrote of the band as "a battalion of bangers from the metro east" who "make elbows to a keyboard at the end of a tune seem as sweet as Chopin."
2005 - Jordan Harper wrote of the band's plans to perform in "every one of the lower 48 states before fall rolls around." Guitarist Griffin Kay (who resigned his duties in 2011), said at the time, "We've all quit school, and we're going to quit our jobs. And we figured, let's play in every state other than, you know, Alaska and Hawaii."
2006 - The band played the 2006 RFT Music Showcase. "Taking cues from destructo-pop bands such as Les Savy Fav and Thunderbirds Are Now!, So Many Dynamos make music that's off-kilter and somehow still danceable," wrote then music editor Annie Zaleski.
2007 - In an "Introducing the Band" feature on this music blog, then SMD guitarist and founding member Ryan Wasoba (now a regular contributor to this newspaper) wrote: "Thor Axe is the So Many Dynamos triumphant math/metal side project."
2007 - The band appears on the cover of the RFT for this feature titled, "Circuit Breakers." Of the band's major label prospects, Wasoba told Zaleski: "We have feet in doors. It's really weird. We've always been blissfully separated from [the industry side of things]. We've always been proud of how far away from that we are."
2008 - In March, Zaleski wrote of the band's performance at South By Southwest: "So Many Dynamos proved that they belonged among the showcasing talent in Austin."
2008 - In '08: "The members of So Many Dynamos are showing no signs of scaling back their tireless work ethic." The band played the Music Showcase main stage that summer.
2008 - The band was mentioned again in this interview with Chris Walla of Death Cab for Cutie. Walla produced The Loud Wars, So Many Dynamos' album, released on Vagrant Records in June 2009.
2008 - SMD is part of a "decent showing" at CMJ Music Festival in New York, playing a show at the Bowery Poetry Club downtown.
2009 - The band again played the RFT Music Showcase, sort of fresh off the news as "the first local band in recent memory to sign to a prominent indie imprint" in inking a record deal with Vagrant.
2009 - So Many Dynamos play the record release show on June 27 for The Loud Wars at the Firebird. Here are photos from that show.
Egan O'Keefe So Many Dynamos in 2009, after the record release show at the Firebird for The Loud Wars. Kay (second from left) and Wasoba (far right) have since left the band.
2009 - The Loud Wars was one of Christian Schaeffer's top ten local releases of the year.