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Band of brothers brings bold beats

After a long wait for Grinnellians, the Los Angeles-based R&B band, Inc, will be coming to perform on-campus tonight at 9 p.m. in Gardner. The band is composed of brothers Andrew and Daniel Aged, who gained traction in the thriving L.A. music scene on the heels of rave comparisons to more well-known artists like Toro Y Moi, The xx, and Prince.

Andrew and Daniel began their musical careers touring with artists like Robin Thicke, Pharrell and Elton John, but eventually decided to branch out into their own style of R&B. The band was originally named Teen Inc, a fitting moniker for the loose and relaxed assortment of sounds and thoughts that are omnipresent in their songs.

In Inc’s album “no world,” released by British producer 4AD, the band’s signature slow and dreamy flow evokes recollections of the famously free-spirited Californian hippies of the late 60s. The music video for their lead single, “the place,” documents a retro camping trip that the brothers take through the Sierra Nevadas, which is captured in Instagram-like hues of sienna and goldenrod.

The duo defies musical conventions with their persistent usage of lower case letters in song titles (“black wings,” “lifetime”) and the generically bland corporate name, which, through contrast, emphasizes the meaning and feel of their most popular songs. Andrew plays guitar and sings lead vocals while Daniel plays bass and sings breathless, whispering harmonies.

Their songs are usually hushed and avoid provocation—a long shot from the loud and in-your-face attitude of the attention-grabbing, shouting titles that are mainstream today. Listening to Inc doesn’t feel like rocking out at a concert, it feels like a summer lover reciting sweet nothings into your ear as you sit on a green hill and look up at white clouds in an idyllic blue sky.

It couldn’t be a better fit, then, that the band will be performing on St. Valentine’s Day—a perfect complement for their style. “I think that they work really well for Valentine’s Day, since their music is so romantic,” Concerts Committee Chair Moira Donovan ’14 said. “They would be amazing as a weekday show, so they’ll be perfect.”

Although booking up-and-coming bands is never easy, bringing Inc to campus required more patience and endurance than usual for Concerts.

“Inc is somebody who the Concert Committee really liked last year,” Donovan said. “We’ve been working with them for a little bit, and we’re really pleased that they’re finally able to come.”

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