— personnel —
christian soule writes the lyrics, sings them, and plays guitar
ryan brooks plays bass and sings
kenji ross plays drums and sings
— the medicine line —

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The Medicine Line was officially born in 2000, when lifelong friends Ryan Brooks and Christian Soule got together to try writing a few songs. Christian's knack for writing catchy, punk-inspired hooks matched wonderfully with Ryan's expertise in music theory and composition. The band soon produced a couple self-released EPs and picked up momentum, playing shows throughout New England. When original drummer Ben Koller left the band for a full-time gig with Converge in 2002, Ryan already had a replacement in mind.

Kenji Ross had played jazz with Ryan (an accomplished alto and baritone saxophone player) for a number of years, but they had never worked in a rock setting together. He joined Christian and Ryan and played their first show together hours after they met. The trio began headlining well-received shows at larger Boston venues (The Middle East downstairs, TT The Bear's) and soon was ready to record a full-length. Ten tracks strong, the album was recorded and mixed over 2005 with the help of friends Jon Hopewell and Aubrey Anderson (Skating Club, Difference Engine).

The Medicine Line confidently writes striding, hook-laden rock music. Their songs are complex, airy, and layered in the style of the new Britpop (Elbow, Doves), but maintain a strong rock sensibility (Spoon, Trans Am, Elvis Costello), with a touch of malevolence (Afghan Whigs, Depeche Mode).

Live review from the Daily Free Press last December.