It is easy to preface a band's introduction with "from the ashes." It is a fairly common story - bands get together, they make music, and creative differences almost inevitably pull them apart... But that's the "magic" of being a musician - that ache to create is the impetus for new bands to form. Even though everyone is starting over again from scratch, each band has a new direction and a new outlook.
The Traditional are no exception - bassist/vocalist Anthony Musior, guitarists Mike Bienias and Ryan Bennett, and drummer Jon Coric, are by no means strangers to the Buffalo music scene... But band after band has hardened this particular group of musicians into a finely tuned machine. Their emotive brand of indie rock is almost inherently relatable. It's dark, but not too dark, and it's heartfelt without being sappy.
I was able to catch The Traditional when they opened for Seahaven at the Funeral Home. What made their set enjoyable was their uncanny ability to make you believe what they have to say. In "The Visionary," Musior sings, "I don't want to but I have to, I don't need you but I have you," and I couldn't help but relate to that sense of obligation. All the while, Bienias and Bennett are able to sneak nimble guitar lines throughout the otherwise straightforward arrangements. Nothing is overdone, and yet, nothing leaves you wishing there was more.
The Traditional will be releasing their first batch of songs, the seven-song You Can't Rebuild Forever on Halloween. You can preorder the upcoming EP on bandcamp for $5.