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I did a post about the alt-folk electronica band Synthar way back here, and shortly afterward, I interviewed frontman Johnny Bertram, which you can read here.

Today, I’d like to introduce you to the solo music of Bertram himself, without the band backing him up.

I can’t say much that I didn’t say about Synthar, because it’s very similar, just with less snazzy sounds and beats whirling around and no subtle sci-fi theme.  Great lyrics all over again and solid musical backing.

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I know I promised the final post about “Defining Christian Music” today, but it’s just gonna have to wait.  I wanted to get this post up while it was still relevant. 

A few days ago (here), I posted about the band Synthar that I’ve recently fallen in love with.  They’ve got a smooth and catchy synth-heavy folk pop sort of sound that’s real pleasing to the ears and fun to listen to.

Lead singer Johnny Bertram indulged my obsessive interviewing disorder and was kind enough to do an interview over e-mail for me.

So sit back, sip some coffee, and enjoy.

The Blah blah: OK, Johnny Bertram, who are you, in as many words as you want to use?
 
Johnny Bertram: I am a dude that grew up in the Northwest and moved to the south a few years back. I make music with my band SYNTHAR.

TBB: I gotta admit, I love everything about the band but the name.  What’s the story behind the name “Synthar?”  It sounds like a monster Godzilla would fight.

JB: I actually had nothing to do with the name of the band. Joel, Andrew, and Matt asked me to be a part of Synthar. I think the name was Joel’s idea… I wouldn’t mind seeing a Godzilla vs. SYNTHAR fight, though.

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Don’t worry – you can still vote on Group 2 until 7:30 am CST Monday, December 24.

I just wanted to get things rolling again, so you can also vote on this, Group 3.  For a quick rundown of the rules, in case this is your first time around, see here.  It’s pretty simple, though.  One vote per each one-on-one match.  There will be 6 matches between 4 artists.  Put your e-mail or WordPress ID in when you vote in the comments, or I’ll be forced to throw your vote out.  That’s about it.  Now, let’s vote!

Here are your four artists, with sample songs to help if you don’t know them that well:

Synthar – Small Coastal Towns
Leonard Jones – Oh, Jah! (file is 25 MB and 18 minutes long)
Woven Hand – Bleary-Eyed Duty
Jars of Clay – Jealous Kind

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