Whole Different Country
The Meek is comprised of Patrick Maley (guitar, vocals), Josh Miller (bass, backing vocals), and Bill Hansen (drums). Patrick and Josh had been playing together in a variety of incarnations before forming the Meek in 2001 after meeting guitar/concertina player Rory Keefe. Drawing influence from Noel Coward and Hanns Eisler, the three began playing their amalgam of literate folk-pop to San Francisco audiences. They released one EP in this incarnation, a starkly recorded affair exploring such unromantic subjects as the phamacuetical industry and suburban sprawl. With the addition of Bill Hansen on drums, the Meek coalesced into a melodic pop band and recorded A Whole Different Country, their first full length album. Full of well crafted and tuneful songs, A Whole Different Country touches on jazzy-pop, rock, and folk in songs populated by housewifes, offices workers, nuns, and credit collectors.