Tuesday October 28. The day of Voir Dire is here.
Minor Characters shared the heart of their first full length album with CHIRP’s Shawna Kaiser the night of their release show.
Voir Dire, pronounced VUAH DEAR, is a French legal phrase that refers to an oath taken by jurors to tell the truth, or to say what is objectively accurate, subjectively honest, or both. - Adam Wayne, bass
It’s Friday night, minutes before they’d perform at The Hideout, and the four-piece band sits circled around a small table on the second floor of the venue. PBR’s all around and let’s start with an excerpt from Adam Wayne’s meaning of this album:
“We have in our generation (of young adults in 21st century America) some of the smartest and most capable humans on the planet, and most people squander it, because they don't know that not only is there another narrative, but there is any number of different narratives. If one doesn't fit, create the one you want! We sit among a whole generation of brilliant and capable minds dumbing down for office admin jobs, sales positions, and jobs that we ultimately don't care about to buy the things we're convinced we need to fill voids inside us we don't realize we have.
We're looking for heroes. Anyone or anything that galvanizes people, brings people together and points us to the better aspects of our nature, these people and things are worthy heroes. If people feel some sort of yearning or dissatisfaction, some itchy irritability, then it might be because they're not looking in the right direction for a solution, and that within them is a limitless, infinite capacity for love and growth through connection to higher things and people.
Voir Dire is a hard look at, and documentation of the current state of affairs.”
Minor Characters release show at The Hideout, October 17: Andrew Pelletier: vocals/guitar, Shelby Pollard: guitar/vocals, Adam Wayne: bass, Thomas Benko: drums
With each member bringing thoughtful perspective to Voir Dire comes 13 tracks of genuine reflection.
“When you project anything outward, you’re really reminding yourself how you feel about it. We’re reminding ourselves about the society we’re in and asking others, “do you feel the same?”, Shelby Pollard said.
“With this record we all bring our own personal story – this is very personal for Andrew – and Shelby brought his own collection of poetry, then I had my own independent thoughts and feelings on community. When it came together it’s like a checkpoint in knowing we’re in the right place at the time, doing the right thing,” Adam Wayne said.
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