The creative force behind A Life of Science is the duo of singer/bassist James Keenan, 25, and guitarist Zakk Geist, 24. The longtime friends met in grade school and have been musical collaborators since their early teens. They began writing music for The Apneist in 2007, eventually bringing drummer Angel Garcia and guitarist Scott Passamonte onboard to complete the lineup. The scope of the project expanded as the songwriting progressed, Keenan says.
"Originally, we were just going to do your classic concept album,
with the story and lyrics," he says. "Then, as we started telling
everybody about it, we really started to get attached to the story.
(Our friends) were like, 'Why stop there? Why don't you do a comic book
and a video and really make this as multimedia as possible?' We were
like, 'Oh, yeah, yeah, right. Sure, we'll do that.' But then we started
to realize, wait a minute, so-and-so writes novels. Wait a minute, we
know video production people. Wait a minute, we can do this."
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Wed., June 3, 6 p.m., 2009