The Vox Squadron: March 2016

Pushing the envelope

By Peter Addison
Vol. 12 No. 4 – March 2016

TULSA, Okla. – “Music is transferring emotion,” Jack Myers says. “It’s telling a story.”

And it doesn’t take long listening to Tahlequah’s The Vox Squadron to understand and feel what Myers (singer/songwriter, guitar) implies.

The members of The Vox Squadron have been familiar since their high school days, but it wasn’t until 2014 that they first played together. The band materialized following the death of a close friend, Chris Roso. Roso, who had been Myers’ best friend since high school, was at the time playing guitar for Locus with Richard Wood (bass) and Jeremy Scott (drums).

In Roso’s honor, Wood and Scott preformed a Locus tribute show as a celebration of his life, with Myers filling in on guitar.

Myers, a lifelong guitar player, had been deeply affected by Roso’s passing.

“That was a real life changing experience,” he said. “It motivated me to make something happen music-wise. I just needed to find some guys to work with.”

After the show, inspired and determined, Myers approached the others and asked if they were seeking a guitar player.

Shortly thereafter the trio gathered for their first rehearsal and instantly felt a connection.

“At the end of that session, we all looked at each other and it was like, ‘Well, see you next week,’” Scott said.

The trio began collaborating original material. Until then, Myers had never written nor preformed his own lyrics. Guitar had come naturally; however, writing was another obstacle. Their initial plan was to gather, bounce around ideas, and see what came about. Every rehearsal they were crafting new songs, working in lyrics, adding riffs; it was like piecing a puzzle together.

The final piece of the puzzle came in the addition of Aaron Lee. Lee, a drummer, was so impressed by what he’d heard from the trio simply asked, “What do I have to do to join?”

The answer: play keyboard.

In the spring of 2015 the band recorded their debut album, Crashing Down, at Tru Sound Studios in Lavaca, Ark.

“We’d been together for six months when we put that out,” Scott said. “We were just driven. It was like something was grabbing hold of us.”

The result is a hard-hitting eruption of rock ‘n roll, unleashing a series of bluesy guitar riffs, complex drum beats, atmospheric keys and smooth bassline. Together the band creates a juxtaposition of chaos and control with undeniable authenticity. The siren that screams in the album’s opening is quite literally an air raid siren from the 1940s that was loaned to the band by a friend.

“The album has a lot to do with Roso and coming to terms with life,” Scott said. “We all have those moments where you go, ‘Oh, this is for real.’ We’re pushing forty. We’ve figured a few things out. We know what we are; we know what we’re not. Sometimes it takes a horrible tragedy to make things clear.”

As for the future, the band plans to begin work on a new album this spring. This time around they want to be patient, add more layers, bring in more instruments, complicate things a bit, and continue evolving their sound.

“For us, success is the ability to look back on whatever we’ve done and see progress,” Myers said. “We want to push the envelope. Always move forward. That’s what makes it fun.”

Keep an eye out for The Vox Squadron at Wormy Dog Saloon in OKC on March 10, The Fur Shop in Tulsa March 25, The Deli in Norman April 18, and the Bixby BBQ & Blues Festival May 6.

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