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Artist: ITEM
Album: Every Fruit In The World

There’s virtually no way to get bored of ITEM’s live set because their sound is constantly morphing and evolving from song to song.

“I want you to leave and not know if it was the best or worst thing you’ve ever seen,” says Dylan Glover, synthesizer/vocals. “It’s a weird crossover of really thought out orchestrated music with a line of art rock, spontaneity and humanity,” Conner McCready  (guitar/lead enthusiast) added.

“This sounds ridiculous, but I write about the futility of existence,” he said. “I feel it and I don’t know how to express it so I do it through music.”

ITEM is a crew of longtime Lakewood friends that also includes Khalil Cormier, (bass/vocals) Skylar Keffer, (guitar/vocals) and Jacob Kirkwood (drums). Together, they possess a high-energy stage dynamic that reflects that they’ve known each other for really a long time.

On stage and off, they fluctuate quickly between being sarcastic and introspective. “Our first band name was Bondage Jovi Power Violence, so we were very confused. We don’t know what we are,” McCready joked.

They played their first show at Mahalls under the name “Mystery Meat” before finagling between names and choosing ITEM. “We want to put a feeling to something that means nothing,” said McCready. “We made the band the most ambiguous thing we could possible name it,” Glover agreed. “It simply exists to evoke absolutely nothing.”

Although they have a definite sense of humor about what they do, at the heart of their jokes they are a band that fears pretense. Glover previously played in Cleveland’s Volta Sound and has a complicated relationship with psychedelic rock. He hopes to incorporate elements of psych rock into ITEM’s sound without committing to a genre.

The diversity of ITEM’s sounds and influences is a huge part of what makes them interesting. Seeing them perform will keep you on your feet because as soon as you begin to latch onto a specific sound, the song will change and their sound will reveal new colors.

The band just released their first full collection of songs. “Every Fruit In The World” was self recorded at Mahall’s, mixed by the band and Jim Stewart and mastered by Chris Keffer.

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