Imagine what it would be like to do your most favorite thing in the world with a group of your best friends. Now imagine that that idea took you somewhere in life. This is the act of Argyle, a band with ties to Salt Lake Community College.
Argyle began with three friends who shared a passion for music. They played small acoustic shows, which led to adding two more friends on. Eventually, they decided to organize themselves into a band. However, it wasn’t until December of 2010 that they finally had a name for themselves.
“Argyle was kind of a slang word that we’d use in the group for things that are beautiful,” said Dave Cline, founder and member of Argyle.
Once the name Argyle was mentioned at a recording session, it became clear that this was to be the name for the band. Argyle has since recorded a 4-song demo and, just recently, an album which will be released on November 12. They have also become popular in Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and the Dominican Republic.
“All of our people in those countries just absolutely are spreading us like crazy,” Cline said. “They took it upon themselves, ’cause I guess they want us to come down there and do shows in their countries. We told them, ‘If you want us to, you’ll have to work hard for us.'”
The following in those countries came as a result of band members serving LDS missions there.
“We probably have more fans down there than maybe in the States right now,” Cline said.
Argyle will be having a release party for their new CD, “End of September,” on November 12 at the Student Pavilion on the Jordan Campus. Admission is free. They will also be performing with j.wride and Allred.
“j.wride and Allred both have huge followings, so they usually never do free shows,” Cline said. “Usually at a concert you have some bands that are just there to fill time, but here, they’re all amazing.”
Those who pre-bought the album “End of September” will be able to pick it up at the release party. Albums will also be for sale at the event. Each of the albums are signed by the band members.
“We kind of see that there’s a lot of music out there that doesn’t make you feel good when you listen to it,” Cline said. “It’s kind of sad or depressing or angry and so we really want all of our music family-friendly and positive and uplifting and so everyone that listens to it will come out feeling better.”
Argyle, according to Cline, has grasped this concept. Their unofficial mission statement states, “Life is way good, we just love it.”
All of the members of the band are currently attending college. Two attend SLCC, one attends BYU, another goes to the University of Utah and the fifth member of the band goes to UVU. In two years, two of them are planning on attending medical school and one plans on going to law school.
“It’s kind of a race against time right now,” Cline said. “It’s up to us to get famous enough in about two years to the point where it’s profitable enough that we can put everything else on hold and just go with it full time.”
“No matter what it is, even how crazy it sounds, there is always a way to do it,” Cline said about following your dreams. “I think one of the secrets to happiness is being that you’re working that hard towards what you love.”
The CD release party will last from 7:00-11:00 p.m.