Local band Thought Trade releases new album

Jason Hersey/Sun Star Reporter
February 5, 2013

Left to right: Danny Opgenorth, Patrick Mailloux, Travis Burrows, Aram Wool and Casey Smith with their album Recapitated, at the UAF Pub on Saturday, February 2, 2013. Jason Hersey/Sun Star

Left to right: Danny Opgenorth, Patrick Mailloux, Travis Burrows, Aram Wool and Casey Smith with their album Recapitated, at the UAF Pub on Saturday, February 2, 2013. Jason Hersey/Sun Star

Last Saturday night, on Feb. 2, local Fairbanks band, Thought Trade, released their newest album, Recapitated at The Pub. A per-performance interview with the band, comprised of Travis Burrows, Patrick Mailloux, Danny Opgenorth, Casey Smith and Aram Wool revealed that the album release was nearly a year in the making.

Thought Trade, Veterans to the music scene in Fairbanks and the Pub, delivered just over three hours of music to an excited crowd, raffled CD’s, stickers and other prizes, while keeping the mood light hearted with the jokes of Danny Opgenorth.

Thought Trade began with drummer Burrows, pianist Wool and guitarist Mailloux. The origins of the band go back to late night practices in the KUAC studios on campus in 2005. Guitarist Opgenorth joined the band later. Smith, who now sings a majority of the lead vocals and also plays guitar and bass, at first didn’t mesh well with the group. It wasn’t until 2006 when the band decided they needed a bass player that Smith volunteered to fill the fifth slot. “He was very persistent,” Wool said.

“We really had no intention of playing live,” Burrows said about how their band started out. Opgenorth confirmed his band mate. “We had no idea what we were doing,” he said.

However, the band recorded every practice for nearly two years before their first live show with then local artists Matt Hopper and Paper Scissors at the Marlin, a hub for starting musicians in Fairbanks.

In May of 2008, they recorded their first demo for release, Escape Validity, with proprietor of a the grass-roots recording studio, Sunnyside Productions AK, James Bartlett. Bartlett, considered by the band to be the 6th member for his participation, also worked as the sound engineer for the band’s Pub performance.

Fast-forward to today, Burrows and Mailloux counted they have sixty-four “unique tracks” in their archives. After some pauses and consideration the band agreed to the consensus of “we’re a rock band,” having difficulty placing a genre name to their work. Thought Trade took the audience on an emotion filled, roller-coaster of sound, from serenading melodies, dance-able, spacey rock, metal progressions to rock ‘n’ roll. Each change was orchestrated meticulously and well-rehearsed, emphasizing the dynamic ability with technical rhythm changes.

Recapitated, which features special guest Sabe Flores on cello and back-up vocals, will be available very soon for digital download purchase on the band’s website. The upcoming performance schedule of Thought Trade is unknown for now. Wool plans to head out of state for school, while the rest of the members have decided to quit playing live for a while and write new songs.

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