Play Back reaches its 10 year milestone with its second CD and has had many changes over the years.
“The band has changed quite a bit since then. We went through a lot of different variations with the band, from trying to be a bar band, losing members, getting new members etc.,” said Gray. “I think where we are now is where I’ve always wanted us to be because we are mainly focusing on our own music. To me it is more satisfying getting up in front of people and playing your own songs.”
Current band members are Kyle Gray, Mario Furtado, Will Westby, Ian Riemenschneider and Cam Lutz. Play Back’s musical style has been evolving, particularly over the last few years, he added.
“I have been obsessing over the idea of “space” in music. Meaning how can you create open spaces in the song to make the melodies and lyrics more effective,” said Gray.
“A band like Arcade Fire have mastered that concept by the members weaving in and out. So for this album and going forward, we’re trying to do that. Personally, I have been focusing on building songs that have more depth.”
Their new album, yet to be named, is due to be out in the fall.
“The entire album is recorded and mixed by myself and I have really enjoyed the creative process,” said Gray. “It is a lot of work but I feel we have made some really great stuff.”
Their single, Sloan Kettering, is available online. All of the artwork for the album, including the album cover and the single art, is being done by local photographer Brandon Broderick.
“I love his approach to photography and I wanted something that showcases our area,” said Gray.
The band is moving into more acoustic-based music that will provide the opportunities to play smaller and more intimate venues because there aren’t as many venues anymore for a full band to play, he added.
“I definitely see some touring in the future, whether it’s full band or a small acoustic setup. Even if it’s a two week tour, it’s something that I really want to do,” said Gray.
Play Back performs at Concerts in the Park Aug. 5 at about 6 p.m., right before headliner 54•40.
“It’s awesome. I have always liked them as a band and we’re very excited to see them play in Terrace. We have a bunch of new songs from the album so it’s going to be a great showcase for us,” said Gray about playing before 54•40 at Concerts in the Park.
The new album is expected to be available on iTunes later this fall and the single Sloan Kettering is available now at playbackmusic.bandcamp.com and can be streamed via youtube at https://youtu.be/zV5C2-cXxjs