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About soft targets

Tallahassee, FL

Soft Targets started in 2003 with Singer/Guitarist Jesse Corry and Bassist/keyboardist Nate Sadler. They joined up with drummer Marcus Delano to record their debut full length "Frequent Flyer"--produced and engineered by Atlanta’s Tim DeLaney,formerly of the bands ’Kopernik’(Eastern Development Records),and The Sight Seers (Sony/Shotput Records). The Soft Targets have just wrapped up sessions for their second album--again with DeLaney on board--to be titled "Heavy Rainbow". The new album,according to Corry,has some immediate differences from the debut,such as: "A slightly different approach to writing,as far as a number of the songs are concerned.I’d always written from a more "solo" minded perspective,trying to make the songs so they could be played alone and still come off as fairly intricate and involved,with my fingers staying pretty busy on the guitar.Feeling like I was always going to end up alone,so I ’d better be prepared!But now Nate and I have been playing together,for something like 7 years and he’s also begun to play alot of simultaneous bass and keyboards onstage,so I’ve realized that I can relax a little,play a bit less,and that gives him more room,which he’s willing and capable of using.Plus with Steven Gillespie(drums) in the group now--he’s got a beautiful voice--and,although Nate and I explored a little bit of harmony singing in the past,we’ve had the opportunity to really elaborate on that aspect of the band,and,really,to become a "band" in ways that I have certainly not felt before." Sadler and Gillespie also took cheif writing and vocal roles on two songs from the new record,"Under Control" and "Sirens",respectively;and for the songs the band is currently writing and working on,"There is an increasing amount of collaboration.But we make an effort to contribute our opinions only if we think it suits the song,or the performance or arrangement.Sometimes you catch yourself trying to throw in your two-cents and then realize it was just a human reflex and not really a helpful change to the song.So we watch that." Besides the obvious musical differences,the album’s influences were "largely madefrom the stuff that’s really only able to be communicated in the songs,and quite tricky to talk about.The recent years,for us as individuals, have been very interesting.And I guess,since personal experiences are so hard to communicate because by their very nature,they’re have faith that music,if done honestly,can carry the content, not the form,of the experiences you’ve had that you felt were valuable."


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