Hyacinth to play at Monstercade
Jon Mason (synth, drum loop) and Jake Martin (guitar/vocals) are the members of the “oddball, synth-rock” band Hyacinth. Martin just recently moved to Winston-Salem from Durham where Mason still resides. According to their press kit, the duo describes their band as “Eno-esque sonic experimentalism with Kim Thayil-style guitar bombast to create a unique brand of earworm synth rock.”
The name Hyacinth come to be when Martin read the unfamiliar word in a book.
“I didn’t know what it meant but it was the coolest looking and sounding word to me, so I looked it up and it is a really pretty flower,” Martin said. “[I thought] that’s beautiful, the name is musical and I am tired of catering my aspects of my creativity to whether or not people can pronounce it or relate to it.”
Mason and Martin met on Reddit in 2016 after the two settled down in Bull City. Martin had been recording solo and was looking for someone who was familiar with the synthesizer. Mason, who studied audio engineering and musical composition followed-up with Martin and the two have been making music ever since.
“We are finally at the point where we will start releasing more stuff,” Martin said. “We are doing this project called ‘Paranoid Rush Album 2018.’”
For “Paranoid Rush Album 2018,” Hyacinth vows to produce a new song each month for a year. Martin said that there is a dilemma facing indie bands dictating that they either need to release an EP or a full-length album. He said that releasing three or four songs, in an EP wasn’t efficient and neither was writing and recording a full-length album for 6 months while not playing live shows.
“So what we decided to do was sort of compromise and release one single a month this whole year and so at the end of the year we will basically have a 12-song album,” Martin said.
He said the album would be a “living, evolving” album that develops in real time.
“We are not sure what is going to happen after so just might as well get it done now,” Mason said.
“We are inviting people to follow along, who knows what this is going to sound like when we get to December,” Martin said.
The duo is set to play at Monstercade on Feb. 22 with Winston-Salem’s Mama and Foxture, the cover is $5 and the show is for 21 years and up. To listen to their single for February, “Severance Package” and their single for January “Little Goblins” visit their Bandcamp page and follow them on social media (Twitter and Instagram: @hyacinththeband and Facebook: @hyacinthband).