Edison, the indie folk/rock trio fronted by captivating singer and instrumentalist Sarah Slaton, was used to packing up and leaving a city after every show they played. However, every Wednesday from June 15th to July 6th, they called Pianos home. “It’s nice to see familiar faces when you walk in the door and feel welcome the moment you come back in each week,” Slaton reflects.
In 2013, Slaton opened for Dustin Morris, Edison’s incredible drummer who simultaneously plays trumpet and does backing vocals, on a tour to SXSW. By the end of the tour Slaton and Morris decided to play together as “Edison.” In 2014, one SXSW later, they added grammy nominee and former Lumineer’s guitarist Maxwell Hughes. The three members all have different musical inspirations that lend to an intruiging twist on indie folk and rock.
Hughes (left), Slaton (center) and Morris (right)
The group’s EP, Ghosts, was released in April of 2015, one year after the trio officially formed. “Ghosts EP was made on a non-existent budget in our friend’s basement. We’re proud of the songs and we wanted to put something out there with what limited resources we had at the time,” says Slaton. The EP consists of four tracks of somber, raw, acoustic emotion. Ghosts is an extremely fitting name for the eerily nostalgic lyrical and musical sentiments the record offers. Edison decided to go on tour after the release to attempt to have people connect with the songs in ways that didn’t necessarily translate on recording.
After a year of nonstop touring, Edison built a national fan base and made many friendships that quickly turned into flourishing musical relationships. Besides scoring opening slots for Iron & Wine, Langhorne Slim and Nathaniel Ratliff & The Nighsweats, Edison also landed a deal with Rhyme & Reason Records. The label will release their first full length album, produced by Chris “Frenchie” Smith, who has worked with Wild Child, The Front Bottoms, Vance Joy and more. The LP, Familiar Spirit, will be available September 16th.
After a wonderful residency that served as a break and a home for a brief period, Edison is back on the road, playing gigs cross country on their way West to Colorado. They will be playing alongside big names like Cake, Passion Pit, Edward Sharp, The Fray and more. Full tour dates are available on their website.