Story posted June 14, 2010
Bright Common, a band comprising Art Department Lecturer John Bisbee, Cassie Jones '01, A. LeRoy Greason Professor of Art Mark Wethli, and Fort Andross complex manager Anthony Gatti, has released its debut album, Pearl.
With "lyrical, American roots-inspired folk ballads to slow-burning chamber/pop rockers, Pearl features a spare but expansive sound that traces a wry path through friendship, love, hope, and loss," says the band's Web site.
Bisbee (vocals, guitar, harmonica), Jones (keyboards), and Wethli (bass), who have been playing together for nearly 15 years, were joined by Gatti (drums) in 2005.
"Together we went through a succession of names," says Wethli. "Funnel Cake, Mr. Tuffet Seeker, Stover's Cove, Curtis Pool and Sheet Rock Box, before settling on Bright Common, a type of nail and a play on the name of John's show at the Portland Museum of Art a couple of years ago. For about 10 minutes, one night at Joshua's, we called ourselves Woodcuts of Devon."
"Pearl," the album's title track, is the first song Bisbee ever wrote, and mentions his move to Brunswick.
The album also incorporates the work of Courtney Brecht '01, Associate Professor of English Pete Coviello, Kathryn Jacoby '10, Wade Kavanaugh '01 and Moira Greenspun Tarmy '06.
Pearl is available for purchase at Bullmoose Records in Brunswick and can be downloaded here.