Them Are Us Too
Them Are Us Too was created in the Bay Area in 2009 by Kennedy Ashlyn and Cash Askew. Their early limited edition demos and intimate performances gained them a cult following within independent music circles as a young, new take on the revered “4AD sound” of dreamy goth-pop anthems. With a nod to 80’s shoegaze sensibilities, Them Are Us Too create songs about tragedy and loves-lost that draw devoted listeners to their nostalgic and innocent sound. Ethereal guitars combined with ghostly synths and elegant vocals form the core of the band’s sound, under which a steady drum machine keeps the groove. Kennedy Ashlyn’s vocals have been repeatedly compared to Kate Bush, Harriet Wheeler, and Elizabeth Fraser, with a pitch-perfect octave range carrying songs gracefully between optimistic joy and undisturbed melancholia – all within one moment of verse. Guitarist Cash Askew paints a layered and complex backdrop using signature reverberation and washes of stringed ambient tones, akin to Robin Guthrie, Ronny Moorings, and Kevin Shields.
Them Are Us Too signed with Dais Records and put out their debut LP Remain in 2015, when both members were only 21 years old. But Them Are Us Too mask their irrepressible youth underneath their limitless imagination and unparalleled talent. This is clearly manifest in Remain, an album with effortless simplicity, vernal drive, and perfectly executed songwriting. The album crafts a massive yet seraphic sound with a heartbreaking nostalgia into 8 songs of uncompromising and immaculately orchestrated beauty. After the first run of vinyl sold out, Dais re-pressed Remain in May of 2016.