Chris Cunningham: guitar, violin, mandolin, paranoid words, intrusive gestures. Brantley Duke: singing, xylophone, percussion, keys. Matt Badger: Lt. Commander of percussion
So, here is the story of the birth of a band. Once upon a time, Chris Cunningham was created in Seattle. His father was a drummer, his mother was a singer, and his brother was a guitarist/pianist. Chris learned guitar, than drums, bass, and piano. He started playing in bands around Seattle (with his brother and father) when he was 13. For the next 11 years he played in bands ranging from math rock, technical hardcore, post punk and melodic indie.
In 2007, after obtaining a BA in Cultural Anthropology, Chris got hired as a private contract teacher in the Marshall Islands. Bringing only an acoustic guitar and 4-track, he traveled to his assignment at a small boarding school in the outer island community of Jabor, Jaluit. It was here on this isolated atoll, nestled within the simplistic elements of acoustic guitar, ukulele and choral music, where the seeds of Ravenna Woods were planted.
Chris returned to Seattle in 2008 and met Brantley Duke, a local record engineer and musician. Within two months of ...