On more than one occasion, the observation has been made that the most amazing and beautiful art is produced directly from the soul. Though he agrees with this general statement, PushMethod’s Tavis Eaton’s view on creating great art is a bit different. According to Eaton, “When it really comes from the soul, you don’t know it. It’s just what you do.”
Eaton’s fellow PushMethod members seem to share this opinion. In fact, the band shares a variety of interests and beliefs despite the difference in their expressive styles. Guitarist Dusty Youree maintains that this difference in style is what makes the band’s music so unique and effective. Youree explains that the frontmen represent two very important components of the band and its message. “Tavis wants to be heard and wants to give his life purpose and get his message out. He’s a risk taker. I’m more politically minded and philosophical. I’m the method to his madness.”
Youree’ s description could not be more accurate. Eaton has been an artist of some form or another since his teenage years, beginning with the art of graffiti. Though he has been out of the street art circuit for many years, the need to express himself has not subsided. Eaton is an individual with plenty to say and the creative drive to speak his mind. His connection to graffiti resides in that street art consists of “making your mark where it’s not supposed to be.” For Eaton, engaging in street art is “doing what you have to do to get people to notice.”
As the band describes it, Youree is just the person to organize and amplify Eaton’s ideas. Initially, collaboration between the two was a result of a drunken attempt at a new project that would bring an east coast vibe to the marriage of rock and hip-hop. According to Eaton, he brought Youree to “The Cutting Room,” where he was recording at the time, and the two recorded their first song: Scrambled Eggs. With Scrambled Eggs, PushMethod was essentially born. The band has now expanded to include drummer and sound engineer, Michael Lapke and bassist, Chuck Hillwig. These four musicians form what Youree refers to as “an experiment and a constant conversation.”
In other words, though the guys have a clear image of what they want from their music, for PushMethod and its members, the end is more important than the means. ”More often than not, our most spontaneous work just comes out when we’re performing live,” Lapke notes. “Too much method makes it sound un-natural.” Eaton agrees and adds that the band works in a style that he refers to as “spaghetti on the wall,” in which they throw every idea and notion on the wall and try it out before dismissing it. With their eclectic tastes and vast collection of “good music and art,” this method has proved successful in breaking through to an adventurous new sound for PushMethod.
PushMethod recently celebrated the release of their new video for Technology Kids and are beginning to see the results of their hard work in other ways as well. Their video for Scars and Stripes carries an incredibly relevant message for modern America, puts a powerful image to the idea behind the song and provides a lasting inspiration to the band members. “PushMethod is always setting the bar high. When we achieve something and there is a logical next step, these guys go above and beyond,” Lapke explains. “When I realize we did it, it just inspires me to become more involved in the next goal.”
After their performance in this year’s SXSW in Austin, TX, Youree’s passion is piqued. “We’re on the cusp. It will feel surreal once we fall in. SXSW was the linchpin for me. It’s this or bust.” In one succinct expression, Lapke voices the band’s agreement, “Go big or go home.” With drive and purpose like this, it’s unlikely the boys will end up at home.
Originally published June 29, 2012 on NewYorkSocialStatus.com