Randomly assigned to the same band at Dace’s Rock ‘no’ More School of Music, the future of Tambo was born. The four were inseparable and soon began writing originals and performing at various gigs. Tambo consists of lead singer and lyricist Amanda Ades, guitarist Eric Anderson, bassist Jack Christensen, and drummer Alex Wilson. Naive to Maple Valley, Washington, the young and aspirating alternative rock and roll band is known for incorporating catchy classic rock inspired riffs, dream-pop tracks, and bluesy tunes! Their first EP was released in 2018, titled "Typhoon" and coming this December is their second EP, “Who’s Sorry Now?”.
Beginning with a youthful and upbeat track with deep and soulful lyrics, the vocals in Tambo's latest single “Who’s Sorry Now?” is seasoned and demonstrates high-level training. This beautifully demonstrates the vocal range and soul in this song and prepares us for what is yet to come for the next EP! “Who’s Sorry Now?” is a groovy tune that many can enjoy, creating a dreamy mood. Although young at heart, Tambo is able to reflect the fun and entertaining sounds similar to Fleetwood Mac and Florence and the Machine. This fun, light-hearted tune will get you up and ready to start your day. The consistent and unifying sound throughout the track is engaging and the song ends beautifully with soft vocals and low-level tunes. We can't wait to see what Tambo has in store for us in 2020!
Listen to Tambo here.
Welcome to BuzzMusic Tambo! We know that fate brought you together but what inspired each of you to attend music school?
Eric’s answer: What inspired me to attend music school was specifically to learn how to collaborate with other artists. Sure, I like playing songs, but I mostly enjoy performing with other people.
Jack’s Answer: What inspired me to attend music school was actually me joining the band. I took a few lessons before so I had an understanding of the bass, but when Eric asked me to fill in for a gig, then a few more, then all of a sudden I was part of a band with people that were leagues ahead of me and I knew I had to step up my game and get some actual training.
Amanda’s answer: I wanted to be the lead singer of a band! Learning how to write songs and performing for an audience was super compelling to me, and I wanted to collaborate with other like-minded creatives.
Alex's answer: My drum teacher of 11-12 years recommended me to the school in order to join a group of people with similar talents. I wasn't too thrilled of the idea of putting myself out there to play in front of an audience with other people at first, but once I started getting to know everyone and became more comfortable with playing in a group it turned out to be one of the best decisions I've ever made.
Who are your biggest musical influences that have helped to shape your career in music?
Eric’s Anderson: When I was younger, I would listen to a lot of Billy Joel, The Beach Boys, The Beatles whenever my dad was on the wheel, but driving with my mom also gave me influence from bands like The Cure, Depeche Mode, and Pink Floyd. The music I find myself personally coming back to is the Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, and Alice in Chains. However, I am currently finding myself get influenced by newer artists such as King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Mild High Club, and I Know Leopard. I don’t like to isolate what I listen to so I often find myself writing songs that sound like an accumulation of everything I have ever loved, but I’ve never found anything wrong with that. It’s great to live in an era with such a wonderful abundance of great music.
Jack’s answer: I take influence from a lot of music. My brother was in a hardcore band so I grew up seeing him play and I take a lot of influence from that. And then as I grew and developed my own tastes I found a lot of enjoyment in the more "strange" bands like Primus, King Gizzard, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, and Orb. I really enjoy the melodic chaos that you can start to find when you listen to this type of music and the groove of the odd time signatures was contagious for me.
Amanda’s answer: When I first started singing in Tambo and covering songs, I listened to a lot of classic rock and grunge so bands like the Foo Fighters, Led Zepplin and Pearl Jam were always on my playlists as inspiration. But as I’ve continued to write lyrics and vocal melodies, my music taste and idols have changed. Being a woman in the rock n roll scene is rare to see, so I found myself looking for bands with female lead singers to find some representation and inspiration. So, now I'm a big fan of Florence and the Machine, Sidney Gish, Julia Jacklin, Mitski, Bikini Kill, Alabama Shakes and Lady Lamb. But overall I enjoy lyrically focused artists with powerful and unique voices.
Alex's answer: Some of my biggest influences starting out were AC/DC, Metallica, and other similar bands. But as my music taste began to mature and my skill as a drummer continued to improve, I became more interested in bands like Rush, Pearl Jam, Van Halen and more. But rock wasn't my only inspiration. Funk artists like James Brown and Tower of Power taught me rhythm and dynamics.
Out of all your released tracks, which one was the most difficult musically and lyrically to create and why?
Eric’s answer: For me, writing Last Crusade was weird. I had originally written a song that was a bunch of neat riffs performed in exactly one minute but I lost the recording and could only remember a part of the whole thing. We ended up just slapping that riff onto the end of Last Crusade because I was too lazy to write a more “appropriate” ending. Plus, it’s a great song closer to live shows. Jack’s Answer: The hardest song, in my opinion, was Place to Rest. From our first EP, Typhoon, that one took the longest to actually shape into a final product. We recorded so many guitar tracks, backing tracks, little colors hidden in the background. I remember to record one of the guitar tracks we had 3 microphones on Eric’s amp, with three mattresses surrounding it topped with some foam. One of the mics was even held in tape by dental floss and duct tape because we couldn’t get a stand in the proper spot for the tone we were looking for. The lengths that we went through to make that song always makes me laugh.
Amanda’s answer: Place to Rest was a complex song. I came up with a three-part vocal harmony for the intro and outro of the song and we had to record it over and over because I kept accidentally adding dissonance and it sounded like a car alarm/sirens going off. My process writing lyrics for the song was to word-vomit a story based off of what the mood the song put me in. To me, the instrumental track sounded like it would belong in the soundtrack to a post-apocalyptic action movie so I wrote the lyrics accordingly. Then I had to take lyric phrases from my story and make them fit into the instrumentation so it sounded good rhythmically and melodically.
Alex's answer: I'm not sure which song gave me the most trouble to write. In most songs, there's always some rough parts where we won't know where to go with the song or how to transition from one great part to another. However, every song we've written I felt every note and beat fall into place so naturally. Most songs we've created have been created from some riff or beat that one of us starts and one by one we jump right on it and boom, we got our next song.
What does Tambo stand for and how does the name reflect your vision and music?
Amanda’s answer: It’s literally just the first half of the word “Tambourine.” We were like 16 and thought it was a funny word.
Eric’s answer: I’ve found that tambourine can be heard in all the greatest songs in the world, most of the time being unnoticed. I thought it would be nice to praise the Tambo for all its done for the world.
Jack’s answer: No clue, it was the name before I joined and every time I ask I get a new answer.
Alex's answer: I'm not too sure. I came up with the name just to make a boring part of me playing the tambourine for 2 minutes in a song, just a little bit more fun and it just stuck around since.
Thanks for chatting with us and delivering such a fun and energic EP. What’s next to come for the future of Tambo?
Hopefully a tour of the PNW, so Oregon and Washington, maybe Canada if the stars align. Our next EP will be released on December 20th and is going to be called “Who’s Sorry Now?”