“That, for me, felt like a challenge,” says Bound bassist Kotu Bajaj, sitting with his bandmates 16 months later. “I had only ever played in punk and hardcore bands where the operative emotion was rage, so to go from rage to sadness, it sounded like it might be difficult — or even fun.”
Buchanan, Harris and drummer Dan Richardson all nod in agreement, only half-smiling. This is a young band that already seems comfy in its mind-meld, and you can hear it on “No Beyond,” a solemn, spacious debut album that was forged inside a circle of trust.
Buchanan says he sees the album as “a place to put those emotional life experiences: illnesses, deaths of family members, relationship trauma, childhood things.”
“It’s awkward to talk about that stuff in conversations, but trying to talk about it through music, for some reason, makes sense,” he says. “My only stipulation is that it just be [really] sad.” And upon hearing this, his bummed-out bandmates instantly fill the room with laughter.