Born in January of 2005, TwoThirtySeven is a 4-piece Albuquerque, NM based rock band. Drawing inspiration from a diverse musical background Gregg Analla (Vocals), Jared Chavez (Guitars), Sid Garcia (Bass) and Michael Chavez (Drums/Percussion) deliver a variety of music that is both memorable and intensely driven.
The project started several years ago when Jared and Sid were introduced through a mutual friend. Over the course of many different bands, unfinished studio tacks and live projects, Gregg was approached in attempt to complete some of these basic tracks. “We weren’t exactly sure how Gregg would react to the music. He had just returned from some extensive touring with the Tribe of Gypsies, but we figured we had nothing to really lose,” says Sid. “We had around 6 songs that were just lingering out there, lifeless. Gregg stopped by the studio and liked the energy and work ethic and gave it a shot.” Another quick call was made to Michael and the drum slot was filled. The band was on its way…
Although the newfound group would only use two of the many previously written songs (Autonomy and Silent Song), it was clear that the music was changing with the addition of vocals and acoustic drums. With influences ranging from the early classics of Rock n’ Roll through the newest movements of Metalcore and Mainstream Rock, TwoThirtySeven started the writing process. The group honed in on their influences and the result was music that was nothing short of inspiring. “I think we kind of surprised ourselves,” says Sid. “Once vocals were finished on those first few songs I think we all realized that this group had some real potential”.
Several songs followed rather quickly and the band immediately began recording them. There was a certain kind of magic that was there, and the group wanted to capitalize on it as much as possible. After a few tracks had been laid down, they decided to test the waters on Garageband.com. These pre-production versions of songs quickly secured several awards (many duplicates), including: Track of the Day, Best Production in Alternative Rock, Rocking Tracks in Alternative Rock, Best Guitars in Alternative Rock, Best Mood in Alternative Rock, Best Male Vocals in Rock, Best Drums in Rock, Best Melody and Best Beat. The fire was lit and it was off to play “live”.
TwoThirtySeven’s second show landed them at the Sunshine Theater in Albuquerque, opening the show for the National touring band Dokken. “We knew it was a gamble. Either our music would be accepted by the 1980’s fans or we would be booed off stage,” says Jared. “We didn’t want to be known as some hair band knock off, but we couldn’t afford not to take the risk and expose our music to new people. It worked really well and we couldn’t have asked for a more responsive audience. The momentum was building rather fast and we were all excited.”
Later that year the band would catch the eye of Bryan Holland, head of Razar Ice Records, based out of Michigan. Bryan enjoyed the music and wished to sign the band to his independent label. A few phone calls and contract revisions later, TwoThirtySeven signed to Razar Ice Records at the start of 2007. The deal through RIR would allow TwoThirtySeven the distribution of their music throughout the US, Europe and Asia through stores such as Best Buy, Borders, Coconuts, Hastings, Amazon.com, Overstock.com, Target.com, iTunes and hundreds of other mom and pop stores and internet sites all over the world. The band’s first highly anticipated release with RIR will land digitally in late 2008 and a physical follow up with additional material in 2009. The band continues to perform live and has recently shard the stage with ‘90s band Winger and current chart toppers, 10 Years. TwoThirtySeven looks forward to a strong working relationship with RIR and have a very optimistic outlook for the future.