It’s all happening kind of fast for Charlie Abbott, but he’s enjoying the ride.
His music career is heating up since his 2010 graduation from Concord-Carlisle. While he was there, he won Battle of the Bands and performed in an open mic night at Concord’s Main Streets Market and Cafe. He was studio manager for the high school’s Colonial Sound studio, and music manager for the radio station, WIQH.
But that was then, and today Abbott and a college friend, Sam Fisher, are poised to debut their new band, Countless Others, and a new CD, “Fantastikal Worldz” at the Middle East in Cambridge on July 25.
Abbott and Fisher met at Oberlin College in Ohio, where they are enrolled in a five-person music program at the prestigious campus. Abbott said because the program is so small, they saw a lot of each other and liked the same music: alternative rock and electronic sound.
In fact, music for the debut CD is composed wholly on a computer. And because of Abbott’s ties to the high school, he and Fisher, who is staying in Concord for the summer to work on the band, were able to use Colonial Sound to record their vocals for free.
“When we perform, we use Nintendo Wiimotes to control and create parts of the sound in some songs,” said Abbott. “Much like in Imogen Heap's recent Ted Talk, where she explained how she built wireless gloves to manipulate the sound in her performance, the Nintendo Wiimotes are wireless and will work somewhat similarly.” For Heap’s talk, go here.
“It costs a fortune to have access to a studio, so we are really lucky,” said Abbott.
“We just finished recording the vocals,” he said. He brought in a flash drive with the music so that all they needed was to add the vocals.
“All the music was already in the computer,” he said.
He said the “great part” about CCHS is WIQH and the support budding musicians get. He said the station played songs from his former band, even a couple of songs of Countless Others.
For the gig at the Middle East, Abbott said a friend of his is performing with the band, The Sea Over Eli, and the promoter for that show added Countless Others to appear later. He thinks he will get on stage about 9:30 p.m. on the 25th.
He and Fisher will be selling Fantastikal Worldz at the show, and buyers will get special artwork on the cover.
Betsy Levinson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.