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May 3, 2012 | 12:00 a.m. CST
Believers band member Wesley Powell emerges from the Uprise Bakery. Unlike his other two co-workers and bandmates, he has the day off.
Wesley’s brother Tyler, who plays keyboard and guitar, also sings with drummer Taylor Bacon, are also employees at Uprise Bakery. They might be soufflé savants by day, but they are musical masterminds by night.
Along with two other bandmates, Pete Hanson also on drums and Travis Boots on bass, the group will be performing its third show May 5 at The Blue Note for an album release party.
Peter McDevitt of The Blue Note describes the show as a multimedia extravaganza that will feature confetti cannons, laser lights, video projections, an opening performance by Enemy Airship and a debut of Believers’ new music. The show will be a digital overdose filled with Believers’ normal energetic atmosphere packed with oomph.
“We get locked in, start to sweat, things start happening, tap tapping,” Bacon says. “We look out, and people’s butts are moving, so we’re like yeah, OK, let’s keep this going.”
The self-titled album was funded on the nonprofit website Kickstarter. Support from friends, family and the Columbia community was so large the band surpassed its goal of $2,500 raising $3,336. A financial incentive was also the reason the St. Louis-bred brothers came to Columbia because it was a cheap alternative after educational stints in Holland, New York and Austin. Wesley also attended MU for two years.
Columbia might be their current landing space, but it most likely isn’t their last.