Have you ever asked a question and had the answer come back in an unexpected and ethereal way? That’s what happened when we talked with Beth Whitney and Bradford Loomis ahead of their upcoming album drop on August 23rd, The Banner Days. These Snohomish residents are part of a talented and artistic group who make up a large demographic right here in our riverside city.
Listening to Beth sing ‘Brother,’ one can’t help but be still and absorb the echoes of loss. In collaborating and writing songs together, Beth and Bradford have magnified their magic through these vibrations of soul.
LIVING IN SNOHOMISH
Beth grew up in Snohomish in a large family on a farm. Themes of simplicity and enjoying what’s right in front of you, namely each other, have origins from those experiences. For both Bradford and Beth, being part of a community that supports and nurtures music has been a large part of their success.
THE BANNER DAYS: A HOPEFUL NEW CHAPTER
The Banner Days will be released on August 23rd at an as yet undisclosed location. The release of this album is a culmination of hard work and support from not only our local community but the Kickstarter community as well. Beth and Bradford put together a fun and informative Kickstarter video and raised money to create this album. In the video Bradford says this album is like a “Hopeful New Chapter.”
“This album is about a shift in focus. Living in the right now no matter the circumstances. Every person wades through a personalized concoction of suffering. We also have opportunities to experience genuine joy. In my experience, suffering is inevitable. Joy is more like a racing stallion- it’s hard to take the reins of her, but worth a shot,” said Beth.
ADVICE FOR YOUNG MUSICIANS PURSUING A CAREER IN MUSIC
Beth: “Figure out what you really want/need to say to this world. Start there and make sure you really believe in it.”
Bradford: “Be relentless. Pursue it with everything you are and everything you have. Don’t wait till you figure it out or until you’re ready. You will never feel that way. Just go. You will learn quicker and more by just doing it.”
While they don’t have a go to after set snack, Beth loves crumpets and Nutella, and Bradford might like some Nachos! We think these are excellent choices.
MOST MEANINGFUL SONG ON THE ALBUM
Beth: “‘Brother’ is the most meaningful for me right now. It’s raw and honest.”
Bradford: “‘Wanted Man’ for me. It’s filled with fear, doubt, regret, self-consciousness and shame which are all very potent emotional nemesis for me. It’s been a struggle to learn how to push through, to trust and to have hope.”
WHAT ELSE WOULD YOU LIKE THE COMMUNITY OF SNOHOMISH TO KNOW?
Beth: “I am so grateful to this community for all their support. It’s humbling, inspiring, and has been truly instrumental for this project.”
Bradford: “This album, this project, and this collaboration have truly happened because of so many amazing people in this community. You are all helping us to have a wider reach, to get this album out there further and further. With every share and every reference, with every person you tell about The Banner Days, you are helping us in such an important way. We could not be more proud of this record. It is our absolute pleasure to share it with you and we really think you will like it. Thank you all!”