Band of brothers releases first EP
By Gord Bowes, News staff
Forming a band was the last thing James and Ryan Guarascia had on their minds.
But the more the brothers played together in the basement of their parents’ central Mountain home, the more they realized they had something almost magical.
Ryan, now 15, had never played drums before he went decided to sit down and play along with his brother, who was practising some riffs in the basement.
“I was just playing guitar and he started going at it,” James, 18, says of that moment less than two years ago. “We really never talked about being a band, it just happened.”
Now known as Two Peace Extra Spicy, it’s still just the two of them. A two-piece band is relatively rare in the modern music world, but the White Stripes and the Black Keys have shown it can be a great sound.
“Since it sounds so full, we haven’t had any interest in adding anyone else,” says James, who somewhat reluctantly became the duo’s vocalist.
Two Peace Extra Spicy are releasing “Sophia,” their first EP, on Sundayat The Casbah, where they played their first gig last June. The disc is also available on their website, twopeaceextraspicy.com, and is also being released on iTunes.
Producer Steve Bigas, who signed the brothers to Porcelain Records, says the group has “a lot of upside.”
“It’s tough to say where anyone is heading, but I think that these are good kids and for their first go in the studio they made a really good EP,” he told the Mountain News. “We got the whole thing done in a few hours and they took direction very well and played their asses off.”
He said the Guarascia brothers have to keep writing and playing as much as possible to keep on their upward trajectory.
Ryan says they will be putting the profits from “Sophia” toward recording a full-length album, hopefully in the spring.
Two Peace Extra Spicy is a family affair. Besides the brothers, mom Jaime handles social media for the band and dad Mike is the manager. Family friend Toby Cosford, who engineered the band’s first recorded music, available on YouTube, is also a driving force.
Ryan says they chose the somewhat unusual name because of their sound and there was already a band using the traditional spelling of “two piece.” Beside, when you hold up two fingers in the popular ‘V’ shape, you get the peace sign, he says.
“When you hear the name, it’s something you’ll always remember,” says Ryan, a Grade 10 student at Sherwood Secondary, where his brother graduated from last year.
“It’s definitely not mild,” adds James.
The brothers say they hope the band becomes a full-time career. Even if it doesn’t pan out that way, they say they will still continue to make music.
“We believe we have the talent,” says James. “We just need to build the audience.”