The alternative pop sound of Kansas City’s The Greeting Committee was born in 2014 when high school student and singer-songwriter Addie Sartino realized that she was lonely on stage. Knowing that she couldn’t do it alone, she called Brandon Yangmi, the band’s guitarist, who helped form the group by recruiting drummer Austin Fraser and bassist Pierce Turcotte.
Shortly after the band’s conception, they began putting work into their first EP, “It’s Not All That Bad.” The EP, which was written over the span of a few short months, was recorded in the same place the band writes and practices– a basement. Each song from their now infamous basement tapes started as a jam session, which turned into an iPhone recording, which ended in Sartino playing it over her car radio on the way home from practice, so she could sing along to it until she found the right words.
Other than the music itself, The Greeting Committee’s ultimate goal is to create a collaborative environment for everyone around them. They see themselves as a massive art project, and want to get as many creative minds involved as possible, which includes the listeners. The music is the soundtrack to something much bigger.