Washington

Ben Thornewill, piano and vocals; Tommy Siegel, guitar and vocals; Jesse Kristin, drums and vocals

2004

indie rock

the Flaming Lips, the Smiths, Frank Zappa

Thornewill and Siegel each have a distinct songwriting style, and both contribute tunes to the trio's repertoire. The band's debut album, Live and Let Ghosts, will be in stores in mid-April.

"We both write enough songs where we could have our own solo bands," Siegel said. "But with both of us bringing it to the same band, you have to think about your songs in a new way and play them with a group mentality in mind, and I think that makes them stronger in the end."