Drunken Logic: The Sound Of Boston

The rhythm guitarist/keyboardist/mandolinist of Drunken Logic, Ryan Jordan, talks about the band, his inspirations and much more! Drunken Logic was planted when frontman Jake Cassman walked away from an Ivy League education, determined to forge a “surprisingly cohesive blend of pop punk and emotionally-charged folk rock” (Sound of Boston). Ever since, these guys have been unstoppable!


How did your band come together?

It wasn’t the type of thing where there are certain puzzle pieces that only fit together in a certain formation. There have been several different pictures, consists different pieces, titled “Drunken Logic”. Jake Cassman adopted the name to use for the music he’d already written, and recruited a few of his friends to record the first record, Something New to Burn.

After some incredible shows and a bit of cross-country traveling while promoting that first record, we began to go through some changes. Over the course of a few months, we settled on the lineup that we have now, based solely on references and friends-of-friends. It came together better than we ever could have hoped. In live performances, and in collaborating to create our new record, Long Day’s Journey to the Middle, we’ve worked to make the most of this group, and it’s turned out very well.


What/who inspires your music?

Something that really becomes clear with our music is that there are a plethora of varying inspirations. We all find ways to bring our influences- whether they are musical, literary, comedic, or simply personal connections- into the band setting. Jake shows some inspiration from both the piano stylings of players like Elton John and the lyrical genius of writers like Ben Gibbard. Austin Wells channels the piercingly gorgeous lines of Brian May while becoming as reckless and unpredictable as Mr. Bungle.

I’m a folk/bluegrass-lover at heart, and try to emulate a more funky/blues-y (and not nearly as virtuosic) version of Chris Thile. Our rhythm section consists of Alex Trevino, always trying to push everything into a full-on Dinosaur Jr. jam, and Alex McGillivray, beating the drums like he’s playing in a stadium with Tom DeLonge strumming and screaming directly in front of his set. These are only a few of the many influences that build our sound.


What’s your favorite Boston venue to perform at? Why?

We’ve played all over the Boston area, but there’s something about our home turf that just feels so welcoming. All of us being Berklee students, we’ve had a few opportunities to play at The Red Room @ Cafe 939, and every time we’ve played there it’s been an absolute blast. The room is just beautiful, it sounds incredible, and the people who work there are always so accommodating. Plus, it’s close enough where all of our Berklee friends can just step out their doors and hear us blasting the walls off the building.


Tell us a story about the craziest thing to happen during a performance! 

There’s no possible way to select a single event that topped all other weird and wild occurrences during our performances. However, in recent memory, I’d say the thing that sticks out the most would be our set at the Scooper Bowl in the City Hall Plaza. The weather was amazing, the extensive amounts of free ice cream were overwhelmingly delicious, and the audience was absolutely loving us.

Most of them were around high-school age, and were there with their classes. But there were 2 gentlemen there (unrelated, I believe) that were at least a couple generations past the rest. Their possibly (most-likely) inebriated brains decided it would be a good idea to come right up to the stage, show what was under their shirt, and dance around sensually in front of the children. They were removed shortly thereafter.


What’s one piece of advice you would give to an aspiring musician?

If you have something you’re aspiring to do or to be, then do everything in your power to obtain that goal. HOWEVER- do not rely on the idea that everything will go according to plan. You need to be able to adapt. Be open to the idea that you may not end up exactly where you thought you would be, because the world of music is ever-changing.

It’s not an easy track to follow to the top. If you widen your horizons, and are open to different possibilities, it is much easier to be a successful musician. You may need to take certain paths that you didn’t originally intend on taking. But, those paths can lead to somewhere you could never expect. You’ll meet people along the way that you might never have met before. REMEMBER these people! Building your network, despite how slowly you might need to move to accomplish it, will pay off.

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