It's been a big month for the local band, Dramady. The band, comprised of Amanda Wilse and Zacery Stanley, engages listeners and audiences with Wiles on bass and tenor saxophone, Stanley on simultaneous drums, keyboard and vocals, and a precise use of loops and harmony to achieve a full sound. Check it out, it's beautiful. This month, they released their second full-length album, had their EP launch party and are nominated for Band of the Month on The Deli Magazine!Their second album, Answer Only to the Sea, was written by Stanley and Wiles and recorded at Arbor Lodge Studios in Portland this past spring. The new album was released on the magical date of 11/12/13 and is also be their first release on vinyl. We got caught up in all of the excitement and had to get some information from Amanda + Zacery!EYES + EDGE: How does it feel to have another album under your belt?Dramady: It feels amazing, but it's been a long time coming (6 Years). We've made two EP's between the two full length albums, but it definitely feels like more of an accomplishment to make a full length album. We're really happy with the sounds! It's also a more focused set of songs.E+E: What was the best moment of the record release party? Any fantastic stories from the evening?D: The show was awesome! It was a major love fest for us. Late in the set we had some guests join us. Zac, who usually plays drums & keyboards, got to play guitar so we were able to play all the songs on the album; even the ones with recorded guitar. Pall Jenkins, from The Black Heart Procession who recorded the new record, played the show with us as well with his new Portland band "Paulo Zappoli and the Break."It was Pall's actual birthday that night so to do something special for him and make him feel loved, we learned a couple of classic Black Heart songs and played them for him at the very end of our set. We called out to him and made everyone aware of the fact that it was his birthday. He was smiling from ear to ear, and it made a lot of people feel good. We also decorated the Kenton Club with a sea theme. Basically, we couldn't have asked for a better night!P.S. We're having an ALL AGES record release show this Friday, 11/22,for people of all ages and anyone that may not have been able to make it out the Kenton Club. It'll be at Cherry Sprout Produce from 8-11pm, and it's a FREE show!E+E: What do you think makes Portland the best home for Dramady?D: There are many things that make Portland a good home base for Dramady. Zac was born and raised in the NW so he has a lot of friends and family for support. I've spent my entire adult life here and feel as if I have the best friends you could ever ask for. Our home is set up for us to practice and record music, and is located in North Portland which has a great small town feel. Of course Portland has a lot of places to play and see music. And, it's close-ish to the Ocean.Don't forget to vote for Dramady for Band of the Month + check out their Facebook page.
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