Erik Urycki - vocals, guitar, lyrics
Sam Kristoff - cello
Kevin Martinez - bass, electric bass
Pat Hawkins - percussion
The Speedbumps are an award-winning Americana band from Kent, Ohio, for their third studio album 'The Harbors We Seek' The Speedbumps spent six days at a cabin in the woods of Pennsylvania recording, capturing the warmth and natural sound of the cabin, with birds chirping outside the window and the ‘band dog’ barking in the background, all adding to the natural development of this album.
Mixing poignant lyrics with an intricate easy breezy sound 'The Harbors We Seek' is a contemplative sit on the dock with your feet in the water, the clouds passing by and reflection in you mind.
Founding member and lead singer, Erik Urycki, draws inspiration from an unlikely source, his anxiety. Erik credits his ongoing condition as the blessing and the curse of his creativity;
“I have just enough anxiety that when bad stuff happens, it just means more to me. Writing songs is simply how I deal with it.ʺ
There’s a place in our hearts
That we keep unoccupied
So when the rumblin’ starts
From the storm, there’s a place to hide
The band’s sound features acoustic guitar, cello, drums, upright bass, and is a mix of Americana, Folk, and Pop that listeners liken to a blend of Dave Matthews, Jack Johnson, and John Mayer. Since the group’s inception in 2007 they have taken part in numerous festivals including Midpoint Music Fest, The Kent State Folk Fest, and have shared the stage with Matt Nathanson, Amos Lee, Andrew Bird, and Red Wanting Blue.
Produced by Jay Alton (The Lost Revival), and mastered by Brian Lucey (Arctic Monkeys, Bombino, Ryan Bingham, The Shins, JEFF The Brotherhood, Dr. Dog, Neko Case)