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It??s all in the power of three.

While many three-piece groups run the risk of leaving gaps in songs due to limited instrumentation at times, Three Imaginary Boys has no problem being a trio.

??We??re proud of being a three-piece band, and we like to have that come across in everything we do,? lead vocalist Tim Husty said.

The band has been on the local scene for six years, and in addition to 22-year-old Husty, who also plays drums and guitar, there is his 25-year-old brother Rob on lead and rhythm guitar and vocals and 21-year-old Mike Wintermute on bass, keyboards, and vocals, all from Wilkes-Barre.

Three Imaginary Boys recently released its second full-length album, ??People Wearing Masks,? which is available at local music stores today. The release party will be held Dec. 7 at Brews Brothers West in Luzerne.

As a group, the guys pump out rock tunes, but each has a musical taste all his own. Tim gravitates towards jazz, Rob towards blues, and Wintermute toward experimental and alternative sounds, with each citing classic rock as a definite influence as well. Despite the differences, it all comes together to form the sound that is Three Imaginary Boys.

??We very much focus on vocal performances,? Tim said. ??We love harmonies. We draw from The Beatles; we draw from other three-piece bands like The Who, The Police. We??re all about vocals and three-piece power.?

??We??re also drum driven,? Wintermute added. ??With a three-piece band, you have to do what you can with the drums. They have to be just right because they??re defining the rhythm of the songs. If you??ve got rhythm and lead guitarists, you??re talking riffs the whole time over rhythm chords so the fact that it??s a three-piece band, well, you have to try a lot harder to not make it sound too minimal.?

Though drums are a key factor to the sound, that doesn??t leave the other instruments out completely.

??You??ll see that we really like to focus on each member,? Tim said. ??It??s not like one of us is trying to push over somebody else.?

The guys also throw a lot of energy into performances.

??A lot of our lifeblood is performing and capturing that energy,? Wintermute said. ??We all dress in black to look professional. We take ourselves seriously, but not too much. We switch instruments when we??re playing. We go out into the crowd.?

??We don??t like to just be a band that plays the same songs every night,? Tim said. ??It might be the same song but a totally different version. We might really rock it out or bring it back a little bit.?

??We also switch it up by switching instruments in the middle of the song,? Rob continued. All the guys can play drums, guitar, and bass if the moment calls for it.

??People Wearing Masks? is proof of how the group has evolved since its first full-length album, ??Going Up?? Since then, the role of bass player has switched to Wintermute and the group now has what Tim calls ??a tight-knit group dynamic? that they??re all very pleased with.

The album has been in the works for a little over a year and is what Tim calls rock-driven, though some tracks play off of that and go the way of acoustic and jazz at some points. A track to keep an eye out for is ??Some Other Day,? which holds meaning to all the members.

??There??s a chorus at the end and it??s all family members,? Rob said. ??It??s our grandparents, aunts, uncles, so it??s very special to us.?

Three Imaginary Boys ??People Wearing Masks? record release party: Dec. 7, 9:30 p.m., Brews Brothers West (75 Main St., Luzerne). Free, 21+.

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