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Drew Helland teamed up with Brandon Phrommany just over a year and a half ago when they met each other at the University of South Dakota’s radio station. They quickly discovered that their musical tastes matched up and that they both dabbled in their instruments. After a call to Drew’s twin brother Mike, who studies music production at Minnestota State University, Manakato, the Tenenbaums came to be.
Photo courtesy of Sarah Merkle
The trio hails from Sioux Falls, South Dakota where they have lived the majority of their lives. They concede that their state feels sparse at times. Although the small community of musicians in the area has started to thrive as of late, the band often spends their days traveling to neighboring scenes in Omaha and Minneapolis. This type of touring is saved for the weekends when the threesome isn’t pouring over their coursework.
In their final year of school, the themes on the Tenenbaum’s debut album, “Favorite Deams,” tend to focus on the pre and post-graduate limbo college student’s often grapple with. Phrommany admits that his lyrics have a tendency to slant towards the uncertainty he feels at this point in his life. In the spring, he and his bandmates will advance onto the next stage of their lives, but they aren’t bashful when expressing their unease about the future. While they finish their degrees, the three dream about what lies ahead; they hope to land jobs in their respective fields and continue to play music together.
Photo courtesy of Tenenbaums
They may not be in Sioux Falls for much longer, and they may not be recording under the same band name, but the three appear optimistic about their prospects of remaining a unit. The group has considered relocating to Minneapolis and they have discussed rebranding.
Whether they continue to play under their current name, or get booked for shows up north with their new identity, this won’t be the last time you will hear about these Sioux Falls’ natives.
“We’ll never give up, we’ll do this until the day we die,” declares Phrommany.
But enough words, have a listen for yourself!
And don’t forget to check out the Discovery Artist feature on Tenenbaums!
0:00 Introducing Tenenbaums
0:57 Intro – Tenenbaums
2:38 Bold Eyes – Tenenbaums
6:20 Maple Streets – Tenenbaums
10:09 Thirsty Waves – Tenenbaums
13:22 Adeline – Tenenbaums
17:44 Euphoria – Tenenbaums
20:07 Mic Break
20:24 Interview with Tenenbaums
35:11 Mic Break
35:52 Feelin Alright’ – Tenenbaums
38:36 Buffalo Grass – Tenenbaums
43:53 45 Minutes – Tenenbaums
47:57 Don’t Sweat It – Tenenbaums
51:30 Future Trivia – Tenenbaums
55:42 High Ground – Tenenbaums
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