Drew Andrews is a young sing/songwriter from the San Diego’s area in California. He might not be total stranger as he made his classes first with his band Via Satellite and then joined Jimmy Lavalle’s project The Album Leaf as a guitarist as well as the post-rock legends Tristeza. Musically he offers his own folk orientated music without leaving behind a particular pop-appeal with tasteful arrangements and elegant vocals.
There’s a lot of story in the story of San Diego-based songwriter Drew Andrews. There’s the tale of his adoption, and the discovery of his birth parents at age 18 : meeting for the first time a musician/producer/engineer father named Sven-Erik Seaholm whom Drew became quick best friends with, and with whom he has co-produced all of his albums since. There’s was his intense youthful foray into religious life, spending most of his high school years buried in ancient theological texts and mystical treatises, an intellectual journey which eventually led him at age 20 to move beyond his childhood faith and pursue rock and roll full time. There is his band Via Satellite, the San Diego based electronica/rock trio that broke ground in their city, won numerous awards, and who’s last record, ‘Cities Are Temples’, was treated very kindly by fans and press. There is his active and current touring involve- ment for the last five years with theinternationally acclaimed Sub Pop Records band, The Album Leaf, where Drew has been called on to perform all live shows, and occasionally contribute musical ideas to albums and Eps.
The roots of Drew’s latest album lay in the fall of 2005, while on tour with Via Satellite, when the band’s van was busted into late one night in Lower East Side Manhattan, resulting in over 4000 dollars of equipment being stolen. Finishing out the tour by contacting friends in various cities to borrow/advance gear, Drew returned home with little more than an old nylon stringed beach-worn guitar to compose with. Forced to sneak off and play in quiet places in corners of apartments not to wake up nasty roommates after 2 a.m., Drew began to craft a new sound, incorporating his shoegaze, pop and post-rock influences into contemplative, finger picked tunes with hushed and plaintive vocals. As time went by, and more equipment was picked up, the songs took on a more pronounced and live sound, always still rooted in those first early frantic days returning home from a tour that could have easily been the last for many sane musicians!
Drew’s new unreleased 11 song album, ‘ Only Mirrors’ was recently called by San Diego Union Tribune Head Music Critic George Varga an « atmospheric » and « absorbing debut… ». He is currently preparing shows and tours in correlation with the album’s release.
For Fans Of: The Album Leaf, Will Oldham, Nick Drake, Elliott Smith
DREW ANDREWS « Only Mirrors » (Lili is Pi)