“When we were deciding what direction we wanted to go in musically, we noticed that there were a lot of things about modern pop music that we wanted to break away from. For our instrumentation, we want our records to sound like a band, with synths and other pop elements added in to compliment the sound, not take it over. If the song can’t come across organic in a live environment, we don’t want to be a part of it.
We also noticed that the images portrayed by pop artists are trending towards superficial, unachieveable things. We are a fun, loud and occasionally awkward group of guys. To try and portray ourselves as something other than that would come across as inorganic. Our favorite part of being in a band is connecting with fans through our music, and we want anyone who comes across us to feel like we want to speak with them.”
- Lucas Gienow
behind the band
Nearly York is a 4-piece alternative pop band from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Officially formed in 2018, the band began years before when founding members Lucas Gienow and Brad Hartman began writing music during their time together in college. After graduation, Gienow became self employed as a recording engineer in Lancaster, and Hartman began working in live sound at Clair Global in Lititz, PA. Still passionate about pursuing a career as performers, the duo recruited two other individuals with years of musical experience – Jonathan Poorman and Christopher Mundy – to help them record some music they had written during college. following a successful Kickstarter campaign, the music recorded for this project went on to become Nearly York’s debut full-length album, “Time Alone, featuring standout singles “Take You There” and “Stuck in These Ways.”
Due to the group's unique background in audio engineering, Nearly York finished and released 'Time Alone' before it's first official show; an album release show held at a Lancaster-based recording studio, The Sugartank, on June 1st, 2018. The band quickly became known for it's high energy performances, catchy pop melodies and thoughtful lyrical content. It is not uncommon to see band members switching instruments throughout their set, adding to the excitement and uniqueness of each performance. Both Hartman and Poorman play guitar and bass, and lead singer Gienow moves between rhythm guitar and keys.
Nearly York has found success performing in front of college students in Central Pennsylvania, with shows at Lebanon Valley College, Elizabethtown College, Millersville University and popular college venues like Lancaster's Tellus 360. The band's ability to reach beyond it's popular base of college-age fans and appeal to wider audiences with carefully selected cover material has also led to performances at regional festivals from Harrisburg and Philadelphia, PA to the Jersey Shore. In October 2019, Nearly York is slated for it's first performances as a local supporting act, opening for national touring act Ryan Cabrera at several of his tour stops. These shows come as a part of the busiest year yet for Nearly York, which has them on track for over 40 live shows, 2 singles and a 6 song EP by the end of 2019.
behind the music
In early 2019, Nearly York headed back into the studio to begin recording the first string of songs created together by all four band members. The first of these was the single “Everything,” released July 1, 2019, along with a music video. The track itself was included on the August edition of an alexrainbirdMusic playlist, propelling the song to more than 10,000 listens on spotify in just over a month. To date, the music video for the song has been viewed more than 133,000 times on its native Facebook posting. This single release signaled a slight shift in style for the band, moving away from the singer/songwriter pop feel of “Time Alone” toward a grittier alternative rock/pop sound, akin to The Band Camino, Foster the People, and Cold War Kids.
In early august 2019, Nearly York traveled to Nashville, TN, to record 7 songs at Studio 2300 with producer/engineer Dustin Richardson. This collection, set to be released in early 2020, will be the first full set of songs with all four members of the band as creative partners. Building on a base of alternative rock and incorporating pop elements inspired by some of the groups favorite artists – Coldplay, Lauv, and Coin, among others – this collection provides the best glimpse into the true sound of Nearly York, described by richardson in Nashville as being “like Weezer and The 1975 had a love child.”
Poised for an early 2020 release, that love child is set to propel Nearly York to the next level of its career, building on a first year that provided more success than even the band could have foreseen.
Lead Vocals, Guitar, Keys
Guitar, Bass, Backing Vocals
Guitar, Bass, Backing Vocals
Drums, Backing Vocals