By Mike Romero
For those of you who don’t know Drew Danburry, here’s a brief overview. Danburry is a singer/songwriter from Huntington Beach, CA who was actively releasing records from 2002 to 2010. Between 2005 and 2010, he played over 750 shows all around the world with acts like Bishop Allen, Desert Noises, Scary Kids Scaring Kids, Meg & Dia, and Joshua James. His music has been covered by notable music publications such as NPR, Stereogum, and Daytrotter. A prolific songwriter, Danburry has released a whopping 15 EP’s and LP’s – and that’s just as a solo artist. We’re not counting the numerous side projects he’s been involved in. In 2011, Danburry stopped doing music full time and opened Danburry Barber Shop. The shop is operated by Danburry and James Kelly and sits at 55 N University Avenue.
He continued writing and performing part-time, releasing another solo record entitled Becoming Bastian Salazar in 2013. In 2014, his project For All The Girls released 70 Love Songs, a massive undertaking featuring (you guessed it) seventy love songs. What made it more impressive was the fact that every track was a collaboration with a local Provo artist. Collaborators included Coral Bones, Book On Tape Worm, Bat Manors, Mideau, John Allred, and Atheist of House of Lewis, just to name a few.
Danburry’s latest album is entitled East of the Sun and West of the Moon by Like, Listen To. It was quietly released on February 8th, 2016. Like, Listen To is Danburry’s most recent project – a collaboration between Danburry, Jesse Quebbeman, Alyssa Pyper, Sara Staples, Maia Cook, and Stuart Wheeler of Quiet House. The project aims to write music specifically for vocals, string quartet, and acoustic guitar.
“I’m extremely conflicted about this release, which is pretty much how I feel about everything all the time,” Danburry wrote on his Facebook page. “Essentially, I feel like this album is the best thing I’ve ever been involved in but I’m at a place where nobody cares anymore. I’m not touring. I’m not sending out press releases. Nothing. It’s a bit depressing that I couldn’t release something like this with the support of a college radio promotional campaign, a 6 month long long tour and a publicist, etc. In contrast, a part of me just likes making music and being ignored anyways. So for the few of you that read this post and listen to the album. Well then, there’s a small few of you that get this to yourselves and I just want to thank you for listening. It’s special to me and I hope you feel that. Keep it close to your heart.”
You can listen to East of the Sun and West of the Moon on Spotify here. Make sure to like Like, Listen To on Facebook, and watch their fantastic live performance of “What I Avoid” below. Keep an eye out for our exclusive interview with Drew Danburry in the coming weeks.