Band of the Week: By Light We Loom

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Meet the Band: Shanna Delaney (vocals, loops) and Eric Ling (guitars, vocals)

A Good Run: With their previous band Bethesda, which called it quits last year, Delaney and Ling had a good run in the '00s. The indie-folk group toured throughout the Midwest and even played big festivals such as Bonnaroo, CMJ, Bunbury and MidPoint. It opened for indie acts such as Mates of State, Sharon Van Etten and First Aid Kit. "It was a huge part of our life," says Delaney when asked about that time period. "We got to play so many awesome shows, and we loved touring. We released two singles at the end of that run. Everyone was in different places and Eric and I went through so many different members to fill in when people couldn't make it to shows. We just couldn't hold it together anymore."

On To Something New: In the wake of Bethesda's dissolution, Delaney and Ling reconvened as a duo, christening the band By Light We Loom. Last fall, it started writing songs. "We knew we didn't want to be an acoustic duo," she says of by Light We Loom. "Eric locked himself in a room for six hours and learned the Ableton Launchpad system by watching YouTube videos. He has that kind of mind. I'm not like that. I would just sit on the couch and cry. He taught me how to use it and now we're writing all the parts and all the songs on it. We always wanted to go in an indie pop direction. Forming the new band allowed us to switch gears."

Why You Should Hear Them: The group's new release, The Ignition EP, is a really solid effort. Album opener "Ignition" is a jittery pop number that makes good use of xylophone as Delaney croons, "I've got my mind made up." The song finishes strong with a jam at the end. "Stand" features a steady drumbeat and cooing vocals; it comes off as a power ballad with its somber lyrics about a bitter breakup, and the handclaps and harmony vocals in "Measure of Us" are bound to make it a fan favorite. Recorded with local producer Jim Stewart, the EP shows an evolution in songwriting. "We hit the studio right away," says Delaney. "We had a lot of things done before we went to the studio. The hard part is that we had so many sounds at our fingertips. It was hard to decide what to use or not." She says the band has already started writing songs for a new EP it hopes to release in the fall.

Where You Can Hear Them:

Where You Can See Them: By Light We Loom performs with Marcus Alan Ward and Nonaphoenix at 9 p.m. on Friday, May 1.

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Jeff Niesel

Jeff has been covering the Cleveland music scene for more than 20 years now. And on a regular basis, he tries to talk to whatever big acts are coming through town, too. If you're in a band that he needs to hear, email him at [email protected].
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