Bermuda Triangle is a trio made of Brittany Howard, Becca Mancari and Jesse Lafser and just as the Bermuda Triangle is a mystery, so too is the band that shares its name.
All three artists have been busy the past year with their individual endeavors. Becca Mancari’s debut album, Good Woman, was released October 2017. Jesse Lafser’s follow-up to 2015’s Raised On the Plains is due out in 2018. Brittany Howard recently wrapped a series of headline and festival dates with Alabama Shakes.
Bermuda Triangle came together unintentionally, just three friends who started hanging out together, then playing for each other and found they were having so much fun playing in their backyard that one night they decided to play a show, making their live debut in the summer of 2017 at the Basement East. The group is simply about having fun with friends and they bring that laid back energy and excitement to their live show.
Covering Bermuda Triangle’s debut performance, Rolling Stone said the trio’s chemistry “was clear from the first-applause-silencing note” and went on to observe, “The band featured Howard switching between plucking out gorgeous, nimble-fingered nylon-string guitar solos and holding down the low end on upright bass…with Mancari and Lafser trading off on banjo and acoustic guitar, accompanied by subtle beats from a drum machine on a pitch-perfect harmony-heavy set of blithe and breezy heartfelt folk tunes that filled the sweltering room with chill vibes.”
Since their first show, July 2017, Bermuda Triangle and has released two singles, “Rosey” and “Suzanne”.
“It started with golf clubs and country clubs, but now it’s all rock clubs,” Liz says, giggling. She spent the majority of her life developing her golf skills, only to drop her college scholarship to move to Nashville and pursue music. “Writing songs and playing the guitar came as naturally to me as golf did. But music tickled my brain in a way nothing else ever could.”
But, Liz didn’t know a soul in Nashville when she moved. So, she went and got a job at a familiar place: a country club. “Liz may not have known anyone when she moved here,” says the Stampede low-end provider Grant. “But now, I feel like she knows pretty much every person she walks past. She just doesn’t stop smiling, and people don’t stop smiling back.” Coincidentally — or not so coincidentally cuz, well, Nashville — some fellow co-workers at the country club also had a band. They called themselves Future Thieves, and they offered to record Liz’s first EP, Monsters. After that, Liz began writing songs as frequently as she smiles. She formed a band with Ky Baker on drums and Grant Prettyman on the weird long guitar, and they recorded the Live at the Silent Planet EP. And now, there’s enough new songs to record a full-length album. “The record we’re working on now is a combination of Liz’s darkly-lit, reclusive songwriting habits, and Grant and I’s Rolling Rock induced rock and roll” chimes Ky. “It’s about bringing our different styles together to create something that makes us all question what kind of music we even like anyways.”