Salt Lake City is well known for its music scene but with most of the bands trying so hard to be different, they all end up sounding and acting exactly the same. The stereotype of having to be a “bad boy” to be in a band is about to change with the newest, hottest, local band named Argyle.
Argyle started with a friendship between a few members of the band who would jam together as they grew up. It eventually grew into the fully functional five headed, returned missionary, musical geniuses that they are today.
The name Argyle is synonymous with this bands definition of anything beautiful and good. When they see a good looking girl, do an awesome activity, like rock climbing, or go into a studio to record their first demo, they think “Argyle.”
Andrew Gledhill is the lead singer, violinist and tambourine extraordinaire. The guitarist and part-time songwriter is Cameron Royall. David Cline is the pianist who has been playing most of his life. Cline hopes that with the inevitable fame that will engulf this band that he will be able to switch to a real piano instead of a keyboard. As with every good band, you need a bassist. Joey Plaskett realized this and picked up the bass guitar a couple months ago and is already playing like a life long bassist along with piano and guitar. The band member who lays down the beat for the band is Brad Lord.
Argyle attributes a lot of their musical influences to the Beatles, Guster, Billy Joel, Ben Folds and Elton John.
Like their famous idols, they already have a documentary on vimeo.com found under “Argyle Documentary” by SLCC film student Isaac Fedderson.
This band has the sounds of Yellowcard, Hellogoodbye and lyrics that are complex enough to create actual emotions in the listener without having to analyze them too hard. Argyle is considered pop with an alternative feel.
On the bands first demo CD, four songs are featured with their easily most popular song “The Better Man” as the CD opener and as their first music video. With lyrics like “You can’t get to where you’re going till you say goodbye to where you’ve been,” and “I told a lie, but I’m still the better man in ways you can’t understand,” you can easily sing along and imagine the pain of knowing you have to end a relationship now even when you know it will hurt the person your dating.
Another great song with an emphasis on the sweetness of the band is a song called “In Like.” This song epitomizes those initial feelings of when you first start getting those “emotions that I try to hide.” Joey croons lyrics like “I want to hold you close and tight, and we could talk all through the night, oh I think I’m in like,” and “You put your hand on the side of your lap. I do the same and my heart, it goes tappity-tap.”
Other than the boyish-charm and great looks, Argyle puts a lot of emphasis on the different musical instruments. Many of the songs have great beat from the drums, then in other songs, you hear the piano or the guitar keeping the melody. With random sprinklings of the violin and the spectacular tambourine, this band has found that state of musical nirvana that most only hope to achieve.
Argyle has dreams of recording albums and making it big. Thanks to their fresh approach to musical performances and stellar lyrics, Argyle has been performing in some notable places like Kilby Court and the Grove.
Argyle has a Facebook page, which features songs from their current demo. For your own Argyle experience, “like” Argyle and see their updates on new songs, music videos and upcoming performances at facebook.com/argyleband.