Story by Allie Volpe
There is a fated moment among most who inhabit New York City where they accept their citizenship in the metropolis, when they feel like “a New Yorker.” It might not come all at once, trickling in, or it may be a lightning strike incident. Justin Wilcox has yet to experience it. He’s lived in the city for over two years, originally hailing from Tennessee.
It could be a ten-year-process, Wilcox’s bandmate Jeffrey Silverstein, who’s called New York home for over four years, hypothesizes.
While no coming-of-age moments directly influence Hoss, the four-song EP the duo have released as Nassau, living and existing in New York City, a place that offers so many distractions and distinctions, has colored the material.
“I definitely feel when we were writing this, every single day, my whole life changed and became different,” Wilcox said. “The things that I used to do and took for granted in Tennessee just weren’t there anymore.”
Upon moving to New York, Wilcox and Silverstein were introduced through a mutual friend and connected over their respective musical backgrounds, Wilcox in Tennessee and Silverstein in Baltimore, where he went to college. They’d both had bits and bobs of riffs, melodies and chord progressions that had been collecting dust, though when paired together, some of it clicked. Beginning at the tail end of 2015, the pair would convene at Wilcox’s Williamsburg apartment and try things out: that riff here, that idea there. Some things worked and some didn’t -- which was OK and allowed for a healthy trial and error period.