After years of struggling as a solo artist, Sean McGibany returned to Milwaukee to start a band. Together with grade school friends Jack Reesman on guitar and Joe Perdzock (“machine master”) on drum machine and sample pad, Before Nitrogen was born. The band arrives with a sound that asks “what if James Taylor was produced by Owl City?” and a story of hard-won optimism: “Hope is Not Lost.”
This theme is woven into all of the trio’s songs, which find characters on a journey from darkness to light. Some of them are confident, some of them are completely lost. Most are somewhere in between. But beyond the songs, the message is something the band strives to live out, trying to make their story heard in a challenging field.
On their new EP Elements, Before Nitrogen explores this theme with the backdrop of the four seasons. In a seemingly endless cycle is there reason to believe things can change for the better?