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Why “Open Beta” ?
We try to explain that here. The tl;dr version is we’re always evolving as musicians, as performers, and as people. The name “Open Beta” really exemplifies that feeling of always evolving and improving.
What kind of music do you play?
Whatever comes to mind, really. The three of us have our roots in Irish music, mainly. We all met and started playing together at open seisiuns in and around Phoenix, AZ. You’ll definitely hear an Irish influence in much of our work. We’ve branched out a bit, though. We’re aiming at a wider audience, so we’ve been adding bits of Peter Gabriel, U2, The Doubleclicks, Jonathan Coulton…We like to show off our own individual (and frequently geeky) roots, and are working on original material as well. And as always, we’d love to hear about the stuff YOU like, and absolutely take suggestions seriously!
Are you going to record an album?
We actually have TWO! We just released our new album, Mission Statement on Black Friday in 2022. You can pick it, our first album Proof of Concept, a t-shirt or other swag up at one of our performances. E-sales are (still) coming soon!
Our THIRD album is going LIVE! We’re having a live concert at an as yet undisclosed location and we’re recording it! Want in? Go buy a ticket!
Are you going to record ANOTHER album? We want more!
We get that a lot (Still! We just released one guys!!). Short answer: Yes. Longer answer: We have a LOT of new ideas and interesting things that we want to do with our upcoming album(s). Some of that includes, well, YOU. As you can imagine that has a lot of moving parts and logistics to get ironed out, not to mention that we’re working on some original music. So be patient, give us time, and stay tuned here for updates.
You used to be “Talk a Little Treason”, right? How did you get your old name?
Ever see the film “The Quiet Man”? John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, set in early 20th century Ireland? There’s a scene where one of the supporting characters is excusing himself to go join his buddies for some conversation and a few pints. “Now if you’ll excuse me,” he says, “me comrades and I are gonna go and…talk a little treason.”
For years, Paul and Brian used that expression as private slang for discussing putting a band together. So when they finally got around to doing so, it seemed a natural choice. There were others…
…but that was the one that stuck.
Seriously, why “Talk A Little Treason” ?
We wanted to end up on a list somewhere. No such thing as bad publicity, right?
How much coffee does the fiddler REALLY drink in a day?
The world may never know ^_~