First/Last-The Depth and the Whisper

March 7, 2013

The Depth and the Whisper Howler’s Coyote Cafe
Thursday, March 7, 2013 Bloomfield

“The Depth and The Whisper is music from the heart, delivered from the soul. Songwriters Albert Bickley and Dave Tanner formed the group in late 2010 as a platform to share ideas. From there, The Depth and The Whisper blossomed into its own entity on stage and in the studio. A self-released EP in 2011, One Steady Breath, and follow-up single, Highway, released this past December, have drawn acclaim as well as steady radio play in and around the band’s home base of Kansas City. And while they call the Midwest home, The Depth and The Whisper continues to reach out, meaningfully, to stretch geographic and demographic boundaries. The band is currently embarking on its second batch of shows on the road since December, aimed at connecting with a wider audience. 2012 brought good things for The Depth and The Whisper and its members. The band helped raise money at a benefit show for Hope House, a shelter for abused women and children; their song Be Together was selected for use in a short film by artist friends at Hallmark Corp.; and drummer Kelsey Cook made the finals at the New Orleans store drum-off hosted by Guitar Center.”

Check out the band at their official Website, Facebook, BandCamp, Twitter and YouTube. The Kansas City indie rock band stops in Pittsburgh tonight at Howler’s on a bill with southern rockers Homemade Wine. My thanks to Albert Bickley (Guitar/Vocals), Dave Tanner (Bass/Guitar/Vocals) and Kelsey Cook (Drums) for taking a few minutes to participate in this edition of First/Last.

  • The first album you ever bought?
  • Albert Bickley: “Pyromania”, Def Leppard. First album bought for me was Kiss “Alive II”.
  • Dave Tanner: “Women and Children First”, Van Halen.
  • Kelsey Cook: “Make Yourself”, Incubus.
  • Your last album bought?
  • Albert: “The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle”, Missy Higgins.
  • Dave: “Greatest Hits”, The Band. KC- “Uplifter”, 311.
  • Favorite album of all time?
  • Albert: “The Bends”, Radiohead.
  • Dave: “Revolver”, The Beatles.
  • Kelsey: “Little Earthquakes”, Tori Amos.
  • Least favorite/most disappointing album?
  • Albert: “Echoes, Silence, Patience”, Foo Fighters…one great song…the rest…nope!
  • Dave: “The Elder”, KISS.
  • Kelsey: Anything by Ke$ha.
  • First concert attended?
  • Albert: Living Colour.
  • Dave: Kim Mitchell.
  • Kelsey: Ty Herndon.
  • Last concert?
  • Albert: Butterfly Boucher/Katie Herzig/Missy Higgins.
  • Dave: Hall & Oates.
  • Kelsey: Galactic.
  • Favorite concert ever?
  • Albert: The first time I saw Missy Higgins, it changed how I viewed playing and writing music. Her voice moved me to tears.
  • Dave: Paul McCartney in Atlanta, Georgia. After driving from Toronto, dealing with weather, it still exceeded anything I could expect and I was moved beyond words on more than one occasion.
  • Kelsey: Sheila E. Finally got to see and be on stage with one of idols.
  • Least favorite concert?
  • Albert: The 11th time I saw King’s X. Doug Pinnick is a huge influence and he complained about sound the whole show. Very sad.
  • Dave: I get something out of every concert.
  • Kelsey: It’s never the act, it’s always the people that ruin it!
  • Any thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
  • Albert: Actually, I’ve never been there in person. Looking forward to it. But, I must say how great it was to watch the Steelers pummel the god damn Cowboys all through the 70’s. It gave much pleasure as a small child.
  • Dave: This will be my first time playing in Pittsburgh, but there is no denying that the Steel City has had some of the greatest sports teams in history. As a hockey fan: Mario Lemieux.
  • Kelsey: I haven’t been or played there, but I am ready to form a brand new opinion about a place I’ve never been!

Thanks a lot, guys and gal. First time in our city? Hopefully you have some time to explore. Knowing what I know from touring, probably not.