'Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot'
Heed the warnings young Huckleberry Finn when it comes to Bombadil. The band from Durham, NC, are the east coast's quiet understated songwriter's choice of songwriter, who over the past decade have perfected their own style of folk buzz. From the humble beginnings of a band searching for adventure and self, Bombadil have developed musically in style, instrumentation and execution, whilst keeping the innocent and humbling charm which makes them so endearing to begin with. For everything starts with an adventure, and everything ends with an answer. Following the release of their new record Hold On, Bombadil are still searching for both adventure and answers. Third Outing caught up with Bombadil's very own Daniel: here is the Cavaliers Har Hum so far...
It's a critique which is fair in terms of song writing maturity, however not in terms of talent.
Stand out track: Three Saddest Words is the album's masterpiece:
"Bryan had the initial idea and verse melody and lyrics for the song. I added the chorus and he graciously let me sing it. The three saddest words are "leave a message"; it can be a sad thing when you want to reach someone on this device that supposedly gives you instant access to a person, but all you get is a recording of their voice and you are still alone".
Many bands attempt to relate the moments in life which define them in their music, though few are truly able to translate every feeling of emotion. This achievement is what makes Bombadil the force they are.
Stand out track: Cold Runaway.
"Be thankful. Say thank you".
'We are still trying to explore new territory sonically and lyrically. We are still the same four people'. It's an important message, because the music is still Bombadil. The sensitivities are still Bombadil. And most importantly, the magic, the folk buzz, the ounce of Sawyer and Finn in all of us is still Bombadil. For me, Hold On is the record which defines the end of an era, it's the culmination of years of Bombadil ideas. Therefore it also represents that refreshing underline and full stop a band so often need to kick start a new verse or adventure. For everything starts with an adventure, and everything ends with an answer. Bombadil will continue to search for both adventure and answers in the future. After all, as our friend Huck says 'we all go through a challenge in life because without a challenge there’d be no reason to keep going toward your future'.