The Mary Getaway (I Lost Everything)
Joel, Adam, Chris & Ross form new band, theworkingtitle. The Working Title formed in 2001, with three-fourths of the group having attended high school together in the Charleston area. Hamilton, guitarist Adam Pavao, bassist Chris Ginn and drummer Ross Taylor had each logged time in other outfits, but it wasn't until they started playing with one another that things clicked.
That chemistry was instant: within six months of forming, the band cut its first independent release, the now out-of-print Sincerely, a self-released, self-produced collection of songs full of themes of life and death, and inspired by family and girls and relationships. Written on an acoustic guitar, and flushed out on a four-track, the band moved a few thousand copies of the disc at shows in and around Charleston.
The Bands first album is called 'About Face', a collection of old and brand new songs. Three well-traveled tracks, "Something She Said, "The Mary Getaway (I Lost Everything)" and "There Is None" appear in different versions on the EP, Everyone Here is Wrong, while some were written in the studio, or just before the band began tracking, such as the album-ending "Turbulence" and "The Crash."
Replete with angel imagery, "The Crash" is a tragedy on which Hamilton envisions being murdered as he has just begun to taste love for the first time: "It stems from me never having fallen in love before," he says. "There was a girl, and I was feeling that I was falling in love for the first time in my life. And I was having dreams of death, and all these things that made me feel, like, 'What if I die never having fallen in love, having experienced something like that?'"
In the album's intro, he waxes poetic about how when you're in a relationship, or when you're forming or ending one, "everything can kind of flip right before your eyes, and you have no idea what's going on in your life. Everything can flip, and you're kind of left not knowing what's going on."
"Something She Said," one of the older songs was inspired by the death of drummer Ross Taylor's mother, who passed just as the band was getting off the ground. Therein lies part of what makes the band unique: its devotion to one another. "These are my best friends," says guitarist Adam Pavao. "They'll be there for me, and I'll be there for them, in whatever situation. This band is my family, it's my whole life." But make no mistake; everything isn't so drama-filled in the Working Title. "We're fun-loving guys who want to put on a great show and make sure everybody has a great time," says Pavao. "But we take our music very serious. We don't want to be some band that pops up on the radar and drops right off."
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