Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Music Minute: Ants Ants Ants - Why Why Why?

Portland’s Ants Ants Ants released their debut album Why Why Why? (Pinwheel Records/ distributed by Burnside Distribution).

With stylistic nods to the Beatles,1970s era Sesame Street, School House Rock, and "The Point" by Harry Nilsson, Why Why Why? celebrates a childlike wonder at the natural world with smart pop melodies, polished harmonies and lively animated music videos.

Johnny Clay and Dave Gulick, the songwriters, performers and producers of Ants Ants Ants, have played their parts in Portland’s independent music scene for at least the last decade. Clay was the “simply stunning” (AllMusic) lead singer of The Dimes, a nationally touring indie-folk group regarded for their “dark tales set against upbeat melodies and rhythms” (NPR). Gulick wrote and performed an “infectious, melodic bundle of sugary pop goodness” (Northwest Music) with the Portland indie-pop darling band Derby. Both still perform occasionally, but more often are making a living licensing their songs for film, television and brands. Lately, the duo has thrown all of their energy into creating songs and other media for the Ants Ants Ants project.

Why Why Why? was recorded in Portland. Sound engineer Will Hensley also worked on the 2016 Best Children’s Album GRAMMY winner Home by Tim Kubart. Chris Purdin (whose credits include Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, NPR and Laika) designed the cover art and animated music videos.

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