I really like the idea of side projects. I spent a good portion of one evening going through the list of Adam Young’s projects just because I wanted to hear them all (search for “list of Adam Young projects” on Wikipedia for a nice big list; you can find just about all of them between YouTube and Purevolume). Most of them don’t have an actual album release to my knowledge, and most of them aren’t meant to be taken seriously, thus aren’t really good (the farther you go down the list, the sillier they get; the ones at the top of the list start off pretty good though).
Heh…as I’m typing this, the Owl City song “Galaxies” came on RadioU. If you like this song, be prepared for like ten other great songs when All Things Bright and Beautiful comes out on June 14, most of which are better than “Galaxies.”
ANYWHO…I was thinking about how sad it is that most of the time side projects don’t end up doing any more than one album. There are exceptions, of course, such as brave Saint Saturn, FM Static and the aforementioned Owl City. But I’d like to know: which one-time side projects would you like to see more music from? Even if their one album was recent, include them! Be sure to include who is in it and what band they’re from, just for any potential new fans’ sakes! Here’s my list (that is probably not fully complete):
Grand Incredible (Mojo & Ethan from The O.C. Supertones)
The Brothers Martin (Ronnie Martin from Joy Electric and Jason Martin from Starflyer 59)
Fiction Family (Jon Foreman from Switchfoot and Sean Watkins from Nickel Creek)
A Rose By Any Other Name (Josh Scogin from The Chariot)
The Radio Sky (Cory Brandan from Norma Jean – I believe they had an EP and a full album, but I’m not entirely sure; the album is a free download though – myspace.com/theradiosky)
Sky Sailing (Adam Young from Owl City)
I’d also like to see actual albums from The Man Suits (featuring Aaron and Mike Weiss from mewithoutYou), The Water and the Well (Toby Morrell and Matt Carter from Emery) and The Thieves’ Guild (Josh Dies and Patrick Porter from Showbread and Reese Roper from Five Iron Frenzy).
I almost included Crash Rickshaw, but then I remembered they did have a second album. Pish tosh.
Your turn. Let’s see if there’s some I didn’t know about! Go!
— Scott Fryberger