Jesse Barnett Guitar/Vocals | Thomas Williams Guitar | Randy LeBoeuf Bass | Andrew McEnaney Drums
The idea for the Trade Wind project began 3 years ago but didn’t take shape until December 2013. Prior to recording their first EP entitled ‘Suffer Just To Believe’ with Will Putney, Tom and Jesse didn’t realise what they had established. Trade Wind draws inspiration from bands like Quicksand, Deftones and Foo Fighters, at the same time adding their own brand and interpretation to a sound that has been flogged to death.
Trade Wind is comprised of vocalist Jesse Barnett, guitarist Tom Williams, bassist Randy LeBeouf and drummer Andrew McEnaney. Establishing their musical careers in other bands (Stray From The Path,Stick To Your Guns, and Structures) and in the studio producing/engineering, the quartet has come together from Montreal, Los Angeles, New York City, and Toronto to create something entirely new and truly unexpected.
Tom Williams explained “It was exciting for Jesse and I to step out of our normal style of playing music, and to make something that we are both foreign to. We have been close friends for a while and always talked about working together for years, we finally exchanged riffs, got excited about it and made it a real thing. We soon found out that there was a sick chemistry between us musically, and we both couldn’t be more proud of the outcome.”
You Make Everything Disappear takes the band in a new direction from their previously released EP, Suffer Just To Believe, exploring darker lyrical territory and a new perspective. “We approached this record with a very open mindset. We didn’t tie ourselves to an idea of what we thought we should be, we just started writing songs and what came out is what came out,” Barnett reveals. “As for me personally, it’s been a very hard past 15 months. You have this thing that makes you so happy…this thing you feel like you were even brought to life to do and you have to sacrifice so much for it. And sometimes you can cope with the things you leave behind, and sometimes you can’t.”
You Make Everything Disappear is a stunning release from start to finish – the kind of album that holds a certain kind of depth and maturity throughout, where each note, breath and word carries a sense of purpose and carries it’s own sonic weight. The album evokes a distinct blend of melancholy and despair, through cascading soundscapes of dark, brooding guitar and intense driving rhythms balanced by refreshing, delicate touches of minimalist piano work, acoustic guitar and soaring airy falsettos woven throughout. Vocally, Barnett showcases his range with a welcome mix of breathy harmonies and intense emotional shouts. You Make Everything Disappear lyrically explores the raw frustration and desperation in wanting to – and needing to – move on, but not quite being ready or knowing how to do so, resulting in an internal struggle and feeling of being ‘caught in the in between’, so to speak.
Trade Wind is the love child of Tom Williams of Stray From The Path and Jesse Barnett of Stick To Your Guns. The band took shape in December 2013 where they recorded their first EP Suffer Just To Believe which was released in June 2014 via UNFD.