Finding words to measure the depth of sensory exclamation I experience listening to this band would be like counting crystals in a snowflake. Much of my taste in music has been influenced by them, since their original incarnation and over the course of the past decade. When I was 14 years old I met my husband Jerry Mulligan, lead singer, and his friend, bassist Paul Lucas. The first band they were in together materialized about five years after we met. Both had been in other projects prior to Winter’s Descent, but from my perspective, something about this one felt different from the start.
The band’s beginning was marked by their first show at 31st Street Pub, which is now sadly closed. At the time their fledgling project was without a name, so in a very systematic and scientific approach, the guys wrote ideas for a band name on scratch paper. The band chicks and I distributed hand written scratch paper ballots to audience members for their vote, and Winter’s Descent was born. Jerry and Paul are the only original members of the band as it exists today.
I remember someone once telling Jerry, “A band is a fragile thing.” Not being a musician myself, I can only understand this statement as an outside observer. But I do understand the growing pains these guys have endured, which has forged an essence in their signature sound.
John Peluso joined the group during a time when Jer had stepped out. When he re-joined the project I met John for the first time, and felt like he was already family. Watching the dynamic between John, Jer, and Paul grow as their music developed through the years has been a personally enlightening experience.
Once Nick Triangles (I’m won’t attempt to type his last name, my phone auto corrects it as Greek triangles) joined the band I knew Winter’s Descent had something special. The music produced since Nick came on board continues to surprise the audience. Their first acoustic song, “Paper Angels,” has been a crowd favorite, infusing the darker melodies Winter’s Descent is known for, with a softened edge. “Counting Backwards” and “Machine Dream” thrust the listener into more familiar territory, holding true to the tradition of Winter’s Descent’s heavier style with updated octaves.
Update: Most recently, after persevering through a long-fought battle in effort to find their 5th member, Cody Tyler joined the band. This guy brought solidarity and structure to their music, along with an energy and enthusiasm to write and perform at an even higher level of intensity than before. Jer and I were sitting on the couch one night and he started sharing some of the riffs that Cody had sent him and we both just smiled at each other. Beyond style and technique, he infuses an emotion into his music that that is catching. You can check out his contributions to “How It Ends” live from The Funhouse at Mr. Smalls courtesy of DanGTX. “The 5th” (get it?) brings a pumping chorus with driving melodies that have come to characterize Cody’s expression within the band.
I don’t even try to tone down my enthusiasm for what these guys have accomplished, and what they have in store for the future. Check out this recent article by Lady Jaye on the guys’ big come back after Nick Triangles joined the band, and keep up to date on the latest by visiting Facebook and Instagram.