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  • 221 Fly releases 'Seems to Me'

    A CD release party will be held July 24 at Red Lily Vineyards
  • The world according to 221 Fly is a mix of musical perspectives that range through fun, ethereal, bluesy and socially aware original rock. "I think it's a good mix," says Russ Bohall, one of the band's lead guitarists. "We're a diverse bunch of guys."
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  • The world according to 221 Fly is a mix of musical perspectives that range through fun, ethereal, bluesy and socially aware original rock. "I think it's a good mix," says Russ Bohall, one of the band's lead guitarists. "We're a diverse bunch of guys."
    The band's new CD, "Seems to Me," reflects the ideas of members Bohall and Roger Bradshaw (lead guitars), Brandon Bloomfield (bass and percussion) and Mike Hansen (drums).
    221 Fly will celebrate "Seems to Me" with a release party to be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 24, at Red Lily Vineyards, 11777 Highway 238, Jacksonville.
    There is no principal songwriter or bandleader in 221 Fly. Each member contributes vocals, lyrics, melodies and rhythms to the band's music, drawing from individual influences and life experiences.
    "There are no prima donnas in this band," Bradshaw says. "We're better together than we are individually. We just get together and play rock music."
    Bradshaw works as a physical therapist, Bloomfield works for the city of Medford, Hansen is a contractor, and Bohall works with computers.
    "It's a sideline for us," Bradshaw says. "Until we sell a million records, right?" he laughs.
    "Seems to Me," the band's sophomore recording, is a richer example of the band members' talents than its 2012 self-titled debut.
    "The second CD defines our style," Bradshaw says. "It's full of mellow to hard rock, a Southern rock-style song and one that is almost rap sung by Brandon, and Russ and I did a lot more guitar work on this one."
    "Seems to Me" was recorded at Falcon Studios in Portland and mastered at Golden Studios in Ventura, Calif.
    "It's a much bigger production this time around, and the sound is fuller," Bradshaw says. "Sean Norton was our sound engineer and co-producer in Portland. He had a lot of good ideas and helped us create our sound by adding subtle percussive effects and touches that he called 'ear candy.' "
    The initial tracks were recorded over four or five trips to Portland, and Norton made the trip to Medford a couple of times to work on the album at drummer Sandy Ficca's (Firefall, Colonel Mustard) studio and at Bohall's home.
    Bohall joined 221 Fly about halfway through the band's debut recording project. He'd worked with Norton in the past in Portland and became involved in the mixing and mastering processes for "Seems to Me."
    "I wrote lyrics and music for 'Begin,' 'Fractured,' the title cut, 'Whiskey Storeroom' and 'Majab,' which was more of a collaboration," Bohall says. " 'Seems to Me' is a mix of views and themes by all of us. Someone will bring in a lyric, or someone will bring in music.
    "It's nice to get ideas nailed down with the band. Sometimes you'll have music or a chord progression that you carry around for a long time before the time is right to finish it."
    Bohall worked in music stores when he was in his 20s and went through his phase of "guitar-player worship," he says.
    "When I got older, I started listening to music in different ways. I don't listen to guitar players as much as I listen to songwriters. That's the craft I'm interested in."
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