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Alternative mix Review: I Don’t Know How But They Found Me

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I Don’t Know How But They Found Me, often shortened to IDKHow, is not what many would expect for the name of a band. Weezer, Soundgarden, Fall Out Boy. They are all short and sweet, unlike IDKHow. The name of their group fits perfectly with the alternative music they play. Dallon Weekes, who created the band, would best describe IDKHow as “hipster nonsense.”

The guys that make up this alternative band have known each other for over a decade. Dallon Weekesーwho takes on the lead vocals and plays the bassーcollaborates with Ryan Seaman, who plays on the drums. Those names might sound familiar because Weekes used to be part of Panic! At The Disco, and Seaman contributed to Falling in Reverse. Both Weekes and Dallon continued what their respective roles were when they formed IDKHow.

It is clear from some of IDKHow’s songs that they take massive inspiration from the rise in alternative music in the late ‘70s. One of their songs, “Do It All The Time”, takes the edge of alternative rock with a little indie thrown in. “Do It All The Time” is part of the first full project, the EP “1981 Extended Play”. One of the band’s most famous songs, “Choke”, which is listed as the second release on the “1981 Extended Play” EP, takes on a slightly different and more modern/heavy style of music compared to its other released songs. “Choke” was first released as a single in 2017 before it was moved to “1981 Extended Play.” 

“Choke” began to grow in popularity as of late, playing on “IHeart Radio” and numerous other alternative music stations. When “Choke” was released, it reached No. 7 on the Top 100 Alternative Music Charts on iTunes, self-published with a lyric video attached. Since this rise occurred, Weeks and Seaman released an acoustic version of “Choke” on April 25, giving them more exposure and increasing their popularity. 

Seaman joined Weekes in The Brobecks, an indie band created by Dallon Weekes, and, in 2008, they released two-holiday singles by the titles of “Sickly Sweet Holidays” and “Please Don’t Jump (It’s Christmas).” 

In an interview with Coup De Main Magazine in 2017, Weekes spoke on his writing when he was part of “The Brobecks.” There have been talks that he wanted to refine some of those early songs, saying, “When we started to do The Brobecks, we didn’t know anything about songwriting or lyrics or how to be bandーnothing.” In IDKHow, he hasn’t shown much interest in going through with the idea, since the initial thought of creating the band came out in 2009, and he wanted to focus on things for that group alone. 

Weekes said that Seaman just “felt right to be part of IDKHow,” so they created their first single in 2017 by the title of “Modern Day Cain,” which reached No. 8 on the Top 10 Alternative Music Charts on iTunes and stayed at that position for six days.

For not thinking that they were going to make it very far, IDKHow has done pretty well. They began touring around 2018 and releasing new songs along the way. 

Through the years, Dallon Weekes tossed around the idea of IDKHow and ended up pairing with Ryan Seaman to create something interesting, new, and different. Their songs dabble into older styles of music while staying true to themselves. 

For anyone that likes rock music or techno flare, IDKHow is the perfect band to start with. They take alternative music to the next level by adding their spin on things, whether it be the sounds they add to accent the lyrics or the music videos themselves. IDKHow is an entertaining band overall and a perfect place to start for anyone looking to get into alternative music.

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