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The Distance
  • The Distance

    Posted by on December 16, 2010

    four-man band started in St. Louis, Missouri is looking to play more around town. Austin Grimm Smith (lead guitar/vocals), with his prolific songwriting and impressive guitar picking inspired his older brother Colin (drums) to get back into music, so they started casually jamming in their parents’ basement during the summer of 2010. After a fews weeks, they were having enough fun to start playing out as a band. During this time, they had included Colin’s friend Ryan Estabrook to play lead guitar and provide backup vocals.

    It turned out Colin’s colleague at Lopata, Flegel & Company LLP (a local CPA firm in St. Louis) Jared Fischer had been playing bass in bands for years, so Colin got him out of retirement. They all started jamming in the Smith brothers’ parents’ basement, where they continue to practice today. The two brothers’ parents are cool enough to encourage and support Austin and Colin’s pursuit of music. Austin, Colin, and their siblings (Corrie, Chip, and Mandi) were firmly encouraged to learn piano and other instruments at a very young age.

    Chip Smith, the oldest boy in the Smith family paved the way in getting the family interested in drumming at an early age by taking lessons from Jim Ryan, so Colin (and then Austin) soon followed in his footsteps. One of these days, they hope to convince Chip and Mandi to participate in a show.

    They play Austin’s originals and an eclectic set of covers, including Dave Matthews, Johnny Cash, The Police, Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, Kings of Leon, and others. For a more complete listing of their songs, check out music. And for a list of upcoming shows, check out the calendar. They hope to see you there.