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Strong Like Bear used to play a lot of shows with Peace, Love, and Stuff when they first erupted onto the stage of the Ames local music scene. We had a lot of fun every time, with Dylan usually dressed in his pajamas, and the beer flowed like a river.
I worked with the band a bit in the studio, recording some things, and they were just musical monsters, capable of anything. They'd leap from a 50's song to a metal song to rockabilly, and destinations in between, nailing anything they threw themselves at. I think they were trying to develop a cohesive voice during that period, and it was fantastic to watch the evolution.
Part of finding their voice meant trying out different things, and different band members, but it always seemed to be getting generally closer to Lavonne's vision for the band, and her growing prowess as a singer and songwriter.
It's a shame to see the band split, but I have every level of confidence that everyone will go on to create some amazing music. It's what keeps their blood pumping.
- from Bryon Dudley of The Spacement recording studio who produced some of their work
Lavonne McRoberts - vocals
Dylan Boyle - guitar
David "Smitty" Smit - bass
Joseph David "JoJo" Soukop - drums
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Labels: 2010s, 2011, alternative music, Ames, Ames area, Can't Get It Up!(song), David Smit, Dylan Boyle,Ep 026, Joseph David Soukop, Lavonne McRoberts, Peace Love and Stuff (band), Peace Love and Stuff retrospective