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Episode Info: It?s always interesting to see and hear a band for the first time ? and then spin backwards to find out how the musicians got together to begin with. Of course, if it?s a bunch of 17-year-olds in Mom and Dad?s basement, the history might not be particularly intriguing. But, while the four members of the melodic alt-rock band Ravens in the Woods have a clearly happy chemistry together, it?s probably also fair to suggest that ?no one saw this coming.? Singer-songwriter-bassist Lauren Agnelli is a Grammy-nominated musician with roots in the NYC ?80s folk and punk scenes. She later moved to Chester and formed the roots band Amalgamated Muck. The Muck?s percussionist is Matthew Male, another veteran of the fertile Chester acoustic music scene. If Agnelli was going to form a new group, having Male on hand seems reasonable, right? But Ravens in the Woods? other songwriter, a rock guitarist/singer named Rempe Ferreira Kooij, is a native of the Netherlands who moved to Old Saybrook 18 months ago. Volunteering as a stage hand at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, Kooij met Agnelli at the venue and they struck up a friendship. Given their interests, it wasn?t long before the idea of a musical collaboration came up ? and Male signed up. Dubbed Ravens in the Woods, the new act immediately started writing, which has resulted in a deal with the local Good Sponge Records label. Their ?Keep Waving On? is a cut on the new Good Sponge sampler. The final component is perhaps the most unexpected. Matt Gouette, a huge part of the New London music scene and multi-Whalie Award-winning songwriter, has taken the drum chair for the Ravens. The band is in the process of recording a full-length album and possibly incorporating Gouette?s material into the compositional mix. In the meantime, they?ve already proven a fun live act with plenty of hooky songs ? many of which can be heard on this week?s ?Live Lunch Break? performance. Next week, the New London band Terrible Roars will be our ?Lunch Break? guests. The show kicks off at noon in The Telegraph Records Shop and is broadcast live at theday.com.
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