Just as the pecan trees grow where they will, and the south wind blows warm, muggy air off the Gulf of Mexico most days of the year, The Washers have put somewhat of a stamp on the Texas coastal prairie. For the past four years, the noise of clanging strings, loud singing of heartache or celebration, and the stomping of worn-out boots on hardwood floors of dives and dance halls has come from the band in the direction of anyone who will listen.
Their noise is familiar, yet most may find it a bit hard to pin it down. Rhythmic elements of country music definitely abound, but those pieces can’t cleanly be picked away from something that is undoubtedly….louder. Harmonizing lead guitar riffs take a listener back to rock and roll from decades ago, but most times they are juxtaposed by the jangling of acoustic strings. And to confuse ears even more, they have three lead singers, and at any given point, there are up to four voices singing in unison!
At any rate, The Washer’s sound isn’t forthrightly rock and roll, country, folk, or any other discerning genre you want to place it directly in….it bounces from each to the next, floats somewhere between, and fits easiest in the ever-changing boundaries of music called Americana.
The uncommon sound of The Washers is due to the vastly different backgrounds of its memebers, who are drummer Mike Faltysek, guitarist/vocalist Todd Janik, guitarist/vocalist Justin Wilcox, guitarist Shane Boeker, and bassist/vocalist Matt Kopycinski.