(Photo courtesy of Rodrigo Melgarejo).
It is eight p.m. on a Saturday night, and the sweet smiling faces of the members of the Portland, Oregon band YOURS are filling my vision. Their names are Adam Trachsel and Matthan Minster, and they’re a pair of people anyone could enjoy spending time with. I’m happy to have a piece of their time, and our greetings are warm and casual. Everything you would expect to occur between friends indeed occurs. Except, there is a catch.
Not only is this the first time we’ve spoken on a personal level, but technically, we aren’t really face-to-face. Through the wonders of the internet, I am sitting in a bedroom in Oklahoma and Adam and Matthan are sitting outdoors in Portland, Oregon. And yet, we move on in conversation like it’s the hundredth time we’ve done this. Adam and I have basically been far-away friends for several months now, briefly exchanging emails and sharing joy over our friends in Morning Teleportation. For about that same length of time, I have encouraged everyone I know to listen to YOURS, and it still stuns me that this band hasn’t vastly taken off in the music world. With such quality songwriting and sound, I have found it’s something that surprises a lot of people.
But all good things take time, and the music world has never been easy. These two outta know, too… because they’re braving it all on their own.
“We’re trying to keep things moving. Start touring, continue writing, and making more recordings when we’re ready. It’s hard, because it’s just the two of us trying to figure it all out. But at the same time, it’s interesting to have to do those things and make those decisions. It’s gratifying to have the responsibility,” Adam told me.