“We stopped clinging to our individual visions,” says Ryan O’Keefe. “All our songs and ideas got thrown into one pot from which anyone and everyone was free to draw.”
“Nobody felt as though they were compromising because it was all completely new and unexplored territory,” adds Daniel Shearin.
“We were mashing songs together,” says Halli Anderson. “We were co-writing choruses and trading verses and switching instruments.”
“There was an energy,” adds Alex McWalters. “And the songs just kept coming.”
When River Whyless set out to write We All The Light (out August 26 th on Roll Call Records), its three original members – O’Keefe, Anderson and McWalters – were already accustomed to “collaborating” with each other. Collaboration is a word often used to glamorize a much less appealing process: compromise. By definition, compromise requires mutual concessions. It means one must listen at least as much as one speaks. It’s a give and take, a back and forth, an amendment of individual visions for the sake of something greater. With We All The Light, River Whyless bought into that process.