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Guitar duo crafting new identity

By Colt Langley/managing editor

NE student Bryant Roy along with his best friend Josh Crosby have recently recorded a demo for their new band The Speed of Thought in preparation for upcoming concerts.

The two-song recording, Demo for the Demo, will be sold at their second concert Nov. 6 at the Worship Lounge at Bedford United Methodist Church.

Even though the two friends have a catalog of more than 30 songs in just two months as a band, Roy said they chose the two for the demo because of expenses and because the two songs — “Let It Go” and “Dear Church, Sincerely the Body” — are different.

“There’s a happy song and a dark song as in the one lyric ‘Take a sip or two or three,’” Roy said. “It touches on everything — drinking, sexual abuse and suicide.”

Roy also said “Let It Go” was one of his favorites.

“I didn’t even write this song lyrically, but it speaks a lot to me about relationships in general,” he said. “It’s the closest thing we have to a pop song, kind of like a Goo Goo Dolls song.”

In the future, the band hopes to put together a full-length album as well as broaden its sound to incorporate more instruments.

“We’re saving up to go back into the studio again to record a 10-12 song CD,” Roy said. “We’re kind of planning to expand our sound from just two guitars and vocals in a studio later on. When we can afford it, we’ll add bass, drums, layered vocals and anything else we feel like throwing in there.”

Although Roy and Crosby met by playing music in their youth group, their own music is not meant for the church.

“We’re Christian dudes, and there are songs with lyrics that are obviously Christian,” Crosby said. “But the songs are not church worship music. Also, at the same time, a lot of the songs are messed up lyrically because they can be very dark like, ‘This is how I’m going to kill you and why I’ll enjoy it.’”

Before becoming The Speed of Thought, Roy and Crosby were part of a five-piece band called Climbing for Infinity.

“We started playing our own music, just Josh and I, after two guys [in Climbing for Infinity] went off to college,” Roy said. “We were writing music while in Climbing for Infinity, but it didn’t quite fit the style of music the band was going for. So we put it on the back burner. But in the last two months, we have become The Speed of Thought.”

Crosby said the name comes from, “Two guys coming up with a sound of a whole band. So we have to come up with stuff at the speed of thought.”

Both Crosby and Roy said they enjoy being a twosome because of the freedom it allows.

“My favorite thing about us as a band is that we do what we want musically and lyrically,” Crosby said.

Ray said their music benefits from their friendship.

“We have the freedom to play however we like with only two people in the band,” Roy said. “I guess we’ve known each other so long that we know how to complement each other’s styles.”

Crosby said the band’s music can be versatile.

“The music is one that’s totally different,” he said. “It could be really heavy even though it’s acoustic, but it can also be soft and very melodic. Kind of like our lyrics can be dark and happy. Sometimes it’s like playing hard rock on an acoustic guitar.”

Along with its Nov. 6 show, the band is also scheduled to play Nov. 19 at Fort Worth’s Bandwagon, formerly The Door.

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