HOME BASE: Modesto
PLAYERS: Clark Beggs, piano/acoustic guitar/lead vocals; Devin Beggs, bass guitar/backing vocals; Eli Lester, lead guitar; and Ian Stambaugh, drums.
SOUNDS LIKE: Vocally, the group has been compared to Death Cab For Cutie and Jack Johnson. Musically, it has sonic similarities to Keane, Coldplay and The Beatles. Together, the band mixes two classically trained pianists (both Beggs brothers), a blues guitarist and jazz drummer to make its collage of sound.
BACKSTORY: The band started a few years ago, known as The Evening News. Brothers Clark and Devin Beggs saw a rotation of guitarists come and go before Lester and Stambaugh joined. Together, they changed their name to Stop Motion Poetry. Last year, members recorded with producer Mikal Blue, whose most recent work includes Colbie Caillat's platinum-selling debut, "Coco." He also has worked with Five for Fighting, Augustana, Carrie Underwood and OneRepublic. Mikal produced three songs on the band's new EP, "The Revolver Recordings." More recently, Kedar Korde, director of the indie film "X's and O's," used three of the bands songs for his film. The band plans to tour this summer.
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QUOTE ME: "We're excited to finally have four musicians who believe in the same thing and can get excited about playing music together. Like any band, we wouldn't be able to play music without all the support from our home. Unlike many bands, we are happy to call Modesto our home."
-- Clark Beggs
NEW MUSIC: The group's three-song EP, "The Revolver Recordings," is available.
NEXT GIG: Next show 7:30 p.m. Sunday at The Fat Cat Music House & Lounge with Colour, Nideit and The Strangers. Cover is $5.
FIND ONLINE: www.myspace.com/stopmotionpoetry
-- Marijke Rowland
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