For several years, Paul Justin would visit Justin Foutz's home to do some songwriting while enjoying a barbecue and some whiskey, yet it took a few years for the singer/songwriters to officially form the Rye Brothers in 2015.
“Once we realized they were good songs, it was like, 'Okay, do you want to start a band”,” Foutz recalled. “He kept saying, 'No, I don't want to start a band. I don't want to be in bands anymore.' Finally I convinced him to say yes, which is good because we meshed so well together, singing, harmonies; all of that it was a perfect combination.”
Justin said he and Foutz wrote their first song together in 2010. They had some semblance of a band back in 2013. But “things never got off the ground” even though there was some “magic” in their collaborations.
“I hate to use the word magic, but at the same time, I really don't have anything else for it,” Justin said. “Just the songs that come out of him and I together, it's some of the best writing I've done in my life. I think Justin would feel the same way. That's what keeps us going.”
The Rye Brothers, also featuring Evan Chudnow (bass, backing vocals) and Jeff Sorenson (drums, backing vocals), bill themselves as a “power-pop country act” mixed with “rock n' roll guitar driven songs.” They will be performing covers and original material at American Junkie, located in Hermosa Beach, Wednesday, Oct. 5. They've been busy traveling throughout California, Nevada and Arizona.
They have recorded a 12-track demo and their original songs can be found at soundcloud.com. They hope to move the band forward with their new songs.
“As a band, if you don't have that traction yet to draw large crowds for your original music, you pretty much have to play covers to pay the bills,” Justin said. “We've been working on the transition and, of course, original music is a much more difficult cookie to cook than just doing covers.”
American Junkie is located at 68 Pier Ave.