The Open Feel is the dreamy pop-rock creation of singer Katie Harris and drummer Tom Brayton. Recently hailed as “one of the best bands to watch for in 2011,” the Los Angeles natives self-released their debut EP in December 2010 – the culmination of a journey that began two years earlier when Katie and Tom, who have been a couple for years, decided to finally start writing music together. “We had no idea what we wanted to write,” explains Katie. “We just started. We knew we wanted to discover who we are musically. We started writing music without worrying about what it was for – we just looked for sounds and songs we gravitated towards with no judgment.” “We’d been in other bands and gone on tours and gotten some amazing breaks, but always separately,” remembers Tom. “Things were great for a while, but after going through some unforeseen events, all of it seemed to fall off a cliff and we found ourselves really having to start all over.” “Our lives literally felt like they had fallen apart,” says Katie, looking back upon a dark period. “We both felt like there was no hope, there was no future. But slowly, things started to turn around. We started to think of possibilities we’d never considered before – like doing our own band.” “We started getting really into the idea of having a home studio,” adds Tom. “For better or worse, we knew we had to keep up with the digital revolution and start figuring out how to record our own music ourselves. We have so many talented friends who were willing to come out and record with us, but their schedules were always busy and we were a little out of the way, so we started doing everything ourselves.” Katie picked up her Telecaster and Tom started woodshedding on their old P-bass and the creative adventure began. Over the next year and a half the duo spent hours in the studio experimenting and songwriting. The ethereal, atmospheric rock sound that would become The Open Feel finally started to take shape. “We just kept at it,” remembers Tom. “We wrote and recorded a lot of songs we really liked, but it didn’t feel like a band yet. All we knew was that we were loving the music we were making together.” The two began recording their debut EP in the summer of 2009 playing all the instruments themselves (with a little help on guitar from good friend Clint Walsh on the song Detach) and taking on engineering and producing duties. Mixed by Will Brierre and mastered by Steve Hall, The Open Feel EP was released in December of 2010. The Open Feel is currently performing live – now as a full 4-piece band.
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