We Could All Make History
The story of This Way: The band started in Burlington, Vermont as The J Biddy Band. After college, Jay moved to Portland, Maine and started getting work playing solo/acoustic music in the local Portland bars and clubs. But the band itch was getting stronger and soon Jay assembled what would become The Crossfire Inferno featuring college friend and bass phenom Dave Patterson as well as Portland drumming sensation Seth Kearns. In the winter of '05, The Crossfire Inferno released their debut album 'Restless' featuring 12 songs written by J Biddy. Because of the buzz from 'Restless' coupled with the band's improving live performance, The Crossfire Inferno soon found themselves one of the most in demand bands on the Portland circuit. In the fall of '06, Jay asked local guitar hero Maxwell Cantlin to join the group. With Max's guitar virtuosity along with his backing vocal work The Crossfire Inferno became something entirely unique, projecting the themselves to new horizons within the rock & roll framework. Meanwhile, J Biddy was relentlessly writing new songs. As the group zoned in on it's signature sound, Jay's writing reflected the band's strengths and soon they were playing more and more of their own music to the delight of their grassroots fan base. It didn't take long for the band to realize that Jay's own songwriting along with the group's progressive and unique approach to the songs far outweighed anything else they were previously doing. And so in October of 2008, they joined forces with producer Jonathan Wyman at The Halo and produced an album called 'We Could All Make History', an album that the Jay and the band consider a masterpiece. Because the new album triggered a sea change in direction for the band, they decided to rename it all together to cement their status as an original project. They decided the new name would have to exude the same feelings of activism and direction that was contained in both the songs that Jay was writing along with the current political shift in American politics. Given this, the band decided on the name This Way, a summation of change and direction. Expect big things from This Way. As big, if not bigger, than their sound.