WHO ARE THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS?
The Minimum Requirements are a four-piece rock band based in Cleveland, Ohio. Frontman Danny O'Brien, drummer Eric Wahl and bassist Justus Brake began writing and playing music together in the spring of 1999, and violinist Laura Simna joined the group in 2007. They have performed at numerous clubs, coffeehouses, colleges, and on live radio. The band goes by the initials "TMR" for short.
WHAT KIND OF MUSIC DO THEY PLAY?
Really fun, original music (a small sampling of which can be heard here and here). Danny, Eric, Justus and Laura write and perform their own catchy, melodic pop songs with a great deal of tightness and eclectic musical skill. Danny's primary songwriting influences are They Might Be Giants and the Beatles, Eric's drumming style pays homage to Carter Beauford, and Justus and Laura are classically trained.
The band has a unique sound, but if a comparison must be made, TMR's sound is in the ballpark with bands like Barenaked Ladies, Moxy Früvous and Fountains of Wayne.
DO THEY HAVE A CD?
Yes. They have a few. Their latest offering, a two-disc set called Watch This, can be purchased online at CD Baby or from the band at live shows. It includes 14 new songs and a bunch of awesome DVD bonus content. The band's previous album Missing Pieces, released in 2002, is also available for purchase at shows and in the TMR Store.
The Minimum Requirements also distribute some of their songs for free over something called "the internet." Some TMR songs are available on this very website, and others can be listened to or downloaded from TMR's Myspace page.
HOW CAN I CONTACT THE BAND, OR BOOK THEM FOR A PERFORMANCE?
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