Kutztown University students Tyler Wells (guitar/vocals) and Tucker Butler (drums) played their first show together in December 2014. Their set consisted exclusively of covers, but the two started playing together on a frequent basis and, in the summer of 2015, began writing original music together.
“We don’t really live all that close so we only met up two or three times over the summer,” said Butler, a 22-year-old Norristown, Pennsylvania native. “We’d just get together in my basement and we’d just kind of bang out a couple songs.”
When summer ended and college brought them back together, it couldn’t have happened fast enough; the duo’s first show was in September, which only gave them a little over two weeks to prepare. They met sporadically during the summer, but when the two musicians reunited, they had a lot of catching up to do.
“The whole summer I had been writing a lot and when we got back to school I showed Tucker all these songs,” said Wells, a 22-year-old Levittown, Pennsylvania native. “He had to come up with all the drum parts in less than 18 days and he did it and we played the show at (Kutztown record store) Young Ones. It was nuts.”
Wells, an English and professional writing major, takes his poems to Butler when he thinks they lend themselves to the medium of music. According to Wells, Butler then “brings them to life,” and the two come out of the process with a completed song. In December 2015 they traveled to Hamilton, New Jersey’s Second Sense Studios to put those tunes to tape.
“Going in there we kind of had no idea how recording would go,” Butler said. “We did the drums, the vocals and the acoustic guitar all in one track, and then we did lead guitar and bass separately. It was a lot of fun, it was two very long days. We were there, like, 10 to 12 hours both days.”
”Just Trust Me,” the band’s debut 11-track full-length, was released Feb. 20 on iTunes and Spotify. It was intended to be a 10-track release, but the duo’s diligence in the studio allowed them to add “The Flag,” which didn’t make the original cut due to time constraints.
Wells and Butler said they’ll record again, but for now they plan to introduce the songs for “Just Trust Me” with a high-energy, emotional show. To be part of one of those crowds, keep up-to-date with The Easily Fooled at facebook.com/TheEasilyFooled/.
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