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Brooklyn-based guitarists Brett Parnell and Geremy Schulick compose predominantly instrumental songs, which range from the epic to the intricate to the austerely beautiful. Incorporating elements of post-rock, folk, minimalism, and Baroque classicism—augmented by drums, bass, violin, mandolin, electronics and ambient vocals—the band casts a spell that’s propulsive, hypnotic and haunting.
Threefifty was recently featured on WNYC's Soundcheck with John Schaefer, who described their music as "expansive yet delicate... recalls the sprawling and ruminative landscapes of Explosions in the Sky and Mogwai" as well as in Guitar Player Magazine ("Outstanding guitar work... intelligent, deep and subtle"). Performance highlights include BAM’s Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival and BAMcafé Live, TEDx Carnegie Mellon University, The New York Guitar Festival, The Ellnora Guitar Festival, The Englert, Le Poisson Rouge, SubCulture, and multiple tours of the UK, Austria and Bosnia.
Threefifty is proud to be a part of the D’Addario artist family.
"On their third release, [Threefifty] augments their outstanding acoustic and nylon-string guitar work with mandolin, electric guitar, intriguing effects treatments and contributions from five other artists... The music is intelligent, deep, and subtle while at the same time being accessible and reflective of the duo's cosmopolitan environment, with touches of post-rock, psych-folk, Baroque-pop, and ambient stylings."
-Barry Cleveland, Guitar Player Magazine
"The hypnotic sounds of minimalism and EDM echo in the folk-influenced music of Brooklyn-based Threefifty. Which is a little surprising, not because it's just two people... but because it's a classical guitar duo. While both members are classically trained, these days they also travel with a lot of the same effects as their electric counterparts use. It allows Threefifty's expansive, yet delicate music fall more into the style that's come to be known as post-rock, recalling the sprawling and ruminative landscapes of Explosions In The Sky and Mogwai."
-John Schaefer, WNYC
"Exactly where does postclassical composition end and postrock chamber music begin? Answer: Who cares? Stop splitting hairs about labels and enjoy... Threefifty, which has morphed from a project based in Bach and video-game themes to a folk-influenced, indie-rock-saturated act with a knack for nuanced original works."
-Steve Smith, Time Out New York
"Hypnotic phase-pattern guitar duets treated with creative processing and augmented with percussion and violin. Equal parts Explosions in the Sky, Leo Kottke, Francisco Tárrega, and Robert Fripp."
-Andy Ellis, Premier Guitar
“Brilliant! That was my first reaction whilst listening to the opening track of this exceptional new release and I was just hoping that this standard was to be kept up during the rest of the programme - and it was. Brett Parnell and Geremy Schulick… perform their original compositions in splendid style: each track is an attention-grabbing item and throughout there are no low-points. The style is difficult to describe: performing on classical guitars and steel-stringed guitar, Circles is an amalgamation of classical/rock/folk; sometimes romantic, sometimes thrillingly energetic, but at all times spell-binding. Loved every second of it and will play it time and again.”
-Steve Marsh, Classical Guitar Magazine (UK)
"If you've ever listened to The Books and wondered what this music might sound like without...samples of children playing or newscasters fearing armageddon, then Threefifty's absorbing guitar work might be a good place to start...Licks as precise as anything you'd hear from classical guitar ensembles like the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, but a mood positively geared toward the instrument's meditative virtues"
-Mike Levine, The Deli
"Collapses leaps forward into unmarked territory, a genre-bending triumph infused with the strength of their technique, the broadness of their palettes, and their appeal as composers. . . in adding new instruments, new noise, and new friends to their act, [they] have shattered their sound and built something original and striking out of the rubble. It’s doubtful that they’ll ever lose enthusiasm for their chosen instruments – but with Collapses, Threefifty has gone from letting their guitars do all the talking to letting their music speak for itself."
-Elias Blumm, I Care If You Listen