COLUMN: River City Sound Jesse Gallamore

Ariana Beedie

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Jesse Gallamore plays drums, guitar, piano and sings in a one-man band.

His solo project has been in the making for a few years but is now ready for show, he said.

“I basically sit down at a drum kit and have a guitar strapped on and try to play my way through some songs,” Gallamore said. “I always tend to have (a) side project happening.”

To keep things more simple, Gallamore self-titled his current solo project.

“For this, I really like the idea of keeping it under my name so that any time I play a show I can do whatever I want,” Gallamore said. “If I want to play a completely different style, or play with instruments that people aren’t used to seeing me play, it leaves it completely wide open.”

With a name, there’s a concept and limitations where a specific sound is developed, he said.

The Evansville native played around town but found a more stable venue at Hacienda over the past couple years. The 31-year-old worked there and uses the connections avidly.

“It’s a really interesting environment, but I like that,” he said. “I like that it’s being put in front of people who wouldn’t normally reach out for it.”

Oddly enough, that ended up being beneficial for him, Gallamore said.

He began playing multiple instruments at once because he didn’t have a band behind him.

“I started to think about songs in terms of if I could play this all by myself,” Gallamore said. “Being a drummer with independence helps a lot.”

Gallamore, a guitarist at heart, depends on his drumming skills to separate the playing of different instruments in his mind, while playing them all at once in person.

“The independence that you have to have with your different limbs while you play drums,” he said. “And the separation, like I’ll look at my right hand on the guitar, which could almost act like a snare drum.”

It’s more like not taking something out but adding a melody to it, he said.

Among the many places Gallamore plays in Evansville, Lanhuck’s is a favorite.

“I’m open to playing wherever as long as I can do whatever I want,” he said.

Gallamore received a mastered copy of his recorded track, “Snub Out The Clocks,” which he plans to distribute and hopefully put on vinyl.

“A few of the songs came about when I was trying to do the solo set, so that I could see where I needed to strip certain things out,” said Gallamore. “I think it makes it sound a little more focused than it would have if  I (just would have) had free reign in a studio.”

They’ve taken their time to grow into what they are now, he said.

Gallamore mastered these songs and didn’t release them until years later because he wanted perfection.

“I didn’t want to put out these songs and have them be half the potential that they could be,” Gallamore said. “So that’s (why) some of them are a few years old, because it took me that long to learn how to pull it off.”

Gallamore picked up a guitar at 17, and he became heavily involved with several legendary Evansville bands like Mock Orange and Stationary Odyssey.

“Jamming with friends benefits me in the way of growing more confidence with doing that in front of people,” he said. “If you’re with your friends and you’re all just creating on the spot there’s an element of confidence you have to have to know what you’re going to try may not be worth it, but the risk is.”

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