Times columnist Steve Kelley wrote last September about the side job of UW offensive lineman Greg Christine, a musical group called Bent Twig.
Actually, the group is more of a duo — Christine (pictured right) and high school pal Samson Szakacsy, who is a quarterback at Arizona State.
The duo will perform at an album release party at The High Dive in Seattle (513 N. 36th St.) on May 27 at 9 p.m. (Cost is $5 through the band, $7 at the door).
The group’s new album is described this way in a press release:
Bent Twig has made a huge step forward with their second album entitled “The Asymmetry of Life.” The amazing chemistry between Gregory “Preach” Christine and Samson “Soos” Szakacsy is even more evident with their second project. With features from Geologic of The Blue Scholars and Grynch, along with guest productions from Ill Pill and Scenik, Bent Twig looks to propel itself into the Seattle Hip-Hop scene and beyond.
And here is some of the official history of the band from that same press release:
Gregory “Preach” Christine learned to play the piano when he was seven years old. His passion for music continued to grow. Lifelong friend and fellow musician, Samson “Soos” Szakacsy has been playing the guitar since he was old enough to strum; his father was a guitarist in the LA scene when he was younger. During high school, Preach and Soos decided to pursue music together and by turning an extra bedroom at Preach’s house into a recording studio with nothing more than a free DJ turntable mixer donated by a high school teacher, an outdated version of Fruity Loops Studio software, and a $10 Best Buy microphone, BMP Records was born. The duo recorded nearly every day and put their 3 best songs onto hundreds of blank CDs. They took their new music and sold them to everyone in the schoolyard. With their earnings they were able upgrade to a multi-track recorder and brand new microphone. With Preach’s jazz/soul/R&B background combined with Sam’s funk/rock&roll influences the two began creating very unique sound.
After high school the duo became separated in pursuit of athletic careers and degrees at the collegiate level. Preach and Soos both play NCAA Division I football (Christine at UW and Szakacsy). The two might be separated geographically but they are on the same page musically. Working over cell phones and the Internet the two continue to create music together by exchanging emails full of vocals and beats. In honor of their humble beginnings, Bent Twig was the name chosen by the duo.
Their sophomore album “The Asymmetry of Life” takes listeners on an emotional journey, with each musical composition revealing more about the lives of Preach and Soos.