Local Band in Focus

Bethesda

Meet the Band: Shanna Delaney (vocals), Eric Ling (acoustic guitar, vocals), Jesse Sloan (electric guitar, banjo, keys), Dan Corby (bass), Justin Rife (drums), and Christopher Black (violin, viola).

By the Slice: A chance meeting between Delaney and Ling at a Kent State pizza place was apparently destiny: They later tied the knot. Even though it sounds like the plot of a lazy Hollywood romantic comedy, their relationship was the catalyst for the formation of Bethesda, whose indie-folk-pop sound was eventually rounded out by the other members over the past couple of years.

Healing Art: Their name comes from a healing pool found in the Bible and in Jewish and Christian traditions. "We wanted to make music with thoughtful lyrics and instrumentation that captures our real-life struggles in an honest way, but that also offers hope," says Delaney. "We loved the imagery of a place where people gathered with their brokenness on full public display in hopes that they could find healing."

Why You Should Hear Them:

Bethesda serve up an uplifting indie aesthetic that recalls the Decemberists, and their intensely meaningful lyrics, carefully crafted arrangements, and multi-textured and multi-layered soundscapes are heightened by Delaney's voice, which is filled with emotion and brightness.

Where You Can Hear Them: wearebethesda.com.

Where You Can See Them:

At the Grog Shop on March 9.

Alexander Hall

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